Recently launched inside Greenwood Village’s newest food hall — Grange Hall — is The Crack Shack. This chicken sandwich joint hailing from southern California puts a spin on an otherwise over-popularized sandwich with bursts of flavor and complimentary heat.
Similar to most food halls and marketplaces in Denver, Grange Hall offers counter-style service with various vendors under one roof. This happens to be The Crack Shack’s first kiosk model and first expansion out of California and Las Vegas where four other locations exist.
The flagship store opened in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego, California in 2015. What was meant to be solely a breakfast spot slowly turned into one of Southern California’s staple chicken sandwich shops. The concept got its name as a nod to cracking an egg.
“We thought it would be a breakfast spot, but we quickly pivoted to a chicken-focused menu as it became more and more popular,” Dan Peña, director of operations, said.
Though the cracking of an egg would originally be associated with breakfast, the team has adopted the age-old question. Which came first, the egg or the chicken? With a total of four locations, three in southern California and one in Las Vegas, Denver seemed like the best fit for its fifth location.
“We have dreamt about expanding The Crack Shack outside of southern California for years and are thrilled to make that official here in Colorado at Grange Hall,” said Peña. “Each coop is designed, from aesthetic to the menu, to share our love and appreciation for some damn good chicken. This location is especially unique in that it allows us to get creative to keep it SoCal with some added Colorado twists.”