While Guard is using the large, bright space to expand one of his own restaurants (the build-your-own-bowls concept Bubu), and to debut two new ones, Rado Burgers and Crazy Love Pizza, he reserved the remaining stalls for non-TAG Restaurant Group food options, pulling from Denver and beyond. In the beyond category is the much-anticipated The Crack Shack, the San Diego-based fried chicken eatery with a big following. The hulking, messy chicken sandwiches have gotten most of the attention at The Crack Shack’s six existing locations, but it’s the Colorado-exclusive Grange Fries that steal the show here. The schmaltz fries are loaded with spicy chicken nuggets, Hatch chile-cheese wiz, bacon, and ranch dressing, and they will make you never want non-chile-cheese wiz and spicy nugget topped taters again.
“As far as the non-TAG Restaurant Group stalls, it’s been about me sourcing food I enjoy eating and bringing those guys out to Denver. The Crack Shack is a great example of that, plus coming soon, J. Dawgs out from Utah,” Guard says.