Popular restaurants coming to Central Park

Second Shake Shack in Colorado is expected to open in late summer


As it nears completion, Highlands Ranch's newest development, known as Central Park, is bustling with people and activity.

Owned by Shea Properties, the 100-acre property sits east of Lucent Boulevard and south of Town Center Drive. By early 2019, Central Park will encompass a six-story UCHealth hospital, regional park, communications tower for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, apartments, single-family homes and a mix of retail, recreation and commercial buildings.

Three new dining options have been added to the list of restaurants, which are: Starbucks, Zoe's Kitchen, Mad Greens, Old Chicago and Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, which has yet to open.

Below are new attractions to keep an eye out for.

Shake Shack

The New York-based chain recently made its debut in Colorado in RiNo, near downtown Denver. The second location will be in Central Park, just south of Rock Bottom.

The popular restaurant has locations nationwide — primarily on the coasts — and is known for its all-natural Angus beef burgers, waffle fries and frozen custard. Other items on the menu include hot dogs and chicken burgers. The RiNo location has a dog-friendly patio, though design details of the Central Park location have yet to be released.

An application for a liquor license hangs on the front of the future Shake Shack in Highlands Ranch. It's expected to open in late summer, according to a spokesperson for the chain.

Torchy's Tacos

Founded in Austin, Texas as a food truck, Torchy's Tacos will sit between Zoe's Kitchen and Shake Shack in Central Park.

Known for its street-style tacos, the Mexican chain has locations across the Denver metro area, as well as in Fort Collins, Oklahoma and Texas. The menu includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and kid-friendly options, with distinctive names like the “Alabama Shake,” a taco with corn meal crusted catfish. The Highlands Ranch location will have a full bar.

The open date has yet to be announced, though the taco chain's website says, “Coming soon.”

The Kitchen Next Door

It's the sister restaurant to an upscale farm-to-table restaurant called the Kitchen, which has locations in downtown Denver and Boulder.

In Central Park, the Kitchen Next Door will be adjacent to Mad Greens. The casual dining experience offers a variety of American cuisine — Caesar salad, meatballs, cheeseburgers, tomato soup — and craft cocktails. Vegetarian and vegan options are also on the menu. Reviewers on Yelp describe the atmosphere as modern and comfy.

The restaurant is in the process of applying for a liquor license and the opening date has not been released.


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