Parker’s newest music venue and restaurant, Wild Goose Saloon, celebrated its grand opening July 9.
The newly-constructed venue will feature live music from multiple genres every Wednesday through Sunday. For now, its hours are from 2 p.m. until close, but in the coming weeks the restaurant expects to expand them to serve lunch, said owner Dale Trujillo.
“We want to be a little bit of everything to everybody,” Trujillo said.
A line of guests wrapped around the building for the grand opening event. Trujillo said that while some at the opening may have experienced long wait times, the bar is working on improving both its technical and operational systems to improve that experience.
“Just be patient with us. We’re going to make some mistakes; we’re going to have some growing pains,” Trujillo said.
The bar hosted two bands during the event, which drew about 700 people total throughout the evening, Trujillo estimates.
“That did my heart well to see people enjoying themselves,” Trujillo said.
Steve Johnston, a musician from Centennial, said he drove down to Parker for the event because there isn’t much else in the area like the venue, especially at its size.
“The money that went into the stage and venue and getting national bands is pretty cool for this area because there’s not much live music in this area,” he said.
While the building has a capacity of 450 people inside and 300 outside, Trujillo said he won’t ever let it get that full.
“I don’t want to be a packed bar with people shoulder to shoulder and people can’t get drinks,” he said.
Going forward, Trujillo, a Colorado native, wants to further expand his 50-person staff. But like many in the industry, he said he’s having a hard time finding applicants. He also plans to continuously change the menu items to find what people like best.
Trujillo’s dream is for his bar to work with other local businesses to keep people in Parker, he said.
“That was a vision that I had and I hope it can get to that at some point,” he said.
Trujillo, who also owns the Blu Note Bar & Grille in Parker, sees a lot of difference between the two venues.
“Blu Note is a Parker bar,” he said. “The Wild Goose is a bar that will reach out beyond Parker. … We’ve embraced that.”
While it’s called a saloon, the Wild Goose will have many types of music outside of country, Trujillo said.
“We want musicians of Denver to have a real stage to come to,” he said. “We want to have different types of music in here.”
Murals inside the bar show a variety of famous musicians, including Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury, B.B. King, Prince and others.
“Everyone that’s on our walls means something to the music business,” Trujillo said.
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