Visitors arriving at Whiskey Biscuit Restaurant and Tavern at 3299 S. Broadway on a recent Friday found college basketball on the three big television screens without sound, as soft background music played so patrons could engage in quiet conversation.
The three friends who own Whiskey Biscuit — Aaron Hatle, Brian Poyner and Alan Courtney — drew on more than 60 years' combined experience in the restaurant and bar business when they began talking about opening their own place almost three years ago.
“This is the atmosphere we wanted to create,” Cortney said on March 24. “We opened the doors quietly almost a month ago and the response has been great. We have a lot of people from the neighborhood stopping by to see what we are all about, and a lot of those folks become repeat customers.”
Co-owner Aaron Hatle said he and his partners set out to create a neighborhood gathering place.
“We had all worked in downtown Denver and we decided we wanted to locate our business in a nice neighborhood. We wanted to find a location where we could bring something new to the community and I think we found it,” he said. “We looked all over the metro area and decided on this location because there is a lot going on in Englewood.”
He said the partners tried to create the restaurant with a twist.
“We wanted to have a menu that had something good to choose from for grandma and grandpa as well as for the very different tastes of their granddaughter and grandson,” Hatle said.
That is why the kitchen is preparing dishes on the menu of comfort food from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. for lunch, dinner and late night dining Sunday through Thursday, and the kitchen stays open until midnight on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Menu items include traditional selections like wings as well as the restaurant's special version of tater tots, plus a variety of salads including one featuring tequila-cured salmon. There is PBJ — which is peanut butter and jalapenos — but there is also the traditional breakfast sandwich on a flaky, light biscuit as well as biscuits and gravy.
Mark Bickford was sampling menu items for the first time March 24.
“I think Whiskey Biscuit has a great atmosphere and the food is very good,” the Englewood resident said. “The place has a lot of character and I think this establishment is something the neighborhood really needed.”
His friend Matt Sabin agreed.
“This is a great location and a great place to get together with old friends,” he said. “I like the fact it is quiet enough friends can enjoy quiet conversations. The food is good and the beer is good, so my wife Nicki and I plan to come here often.”
Pat Robinson said he is a regular Whiskey Biscuit customer.
“I know the owners and they gave me a tour while the restaurant was under construction,” he said. “They did a great job here and they have opened a restaurant and tavern that was needed for this neighborhood. The food is good so I come in pretty often. I am a beer drinker so the choices are tough with 24 taps. So I just keep trying a new one every time I come in.”
In keeping with the name, there is a bar at the rear of the location where whiskey and spirits are displayed on a long double shelf along the back wall. For those who prefer beer there are beverages from 24 taps to choose from.
“We feature the spirits from local distilleries and breweries but not exclusively because there are so many very great spirits and beers available,” Hatle said.
Whiskey Biscuit put a longstanding building to a new use.
The building was built in the late 1940s for the Majestic Motors Chrysler Plymouth dealership that opened about 1949. No exact date is available, but apparently the dealership closed in the late 1960s or early 1970s.
More recently the building was occupied by a hot tub sales company and, when that business moved out, it became a mattress store. It sat empty until the owners of Whiskey Biscuit began completely rebuilding the interior several months ago.