Concept Restaurants Opens Former Boulder Social, Ska, Fate space

Concept Restaurants Inc. , a chain of restaurants and watering holes in Boulder and Denver owned by local hospitality stars Frank and Gina Day, is the latest group trying to set up shop at 1600 38th Street in Boulder, the former home of the Fate Brewing Co. and the short-lived Ska Street Brewstillery.

The menu at Boulder Social will include small and large plates, oysters, sushi, burgers, sandwiches and rustic specialty pizza. (Restaurants concept / image courtesy)

Boulder Social is expected to open this summer and will serve as the sister restaurant to Denver’s Stout Street Social.

A company spokesperson told BizWest that the menu will include small and large plates, oysters, sushi, burgers, sandwiches and rustic specialty pizza.

The bar will offer draft beers from the in-house brewery, draft beer taps, frozen drinks, handcrafted cocktails and wine, according to Concept. The site includes two outdoor patios for community events and live music.

The 38th Street site has been a snake in recent years.

First, Fate filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in late 2018 and closed its Boulder location in May 2019 after a failed reorganization attempt.

Ska Brewing Co. in Durango secured much of Fate’s equipment at a bankruptcy auction and partnered with Palisade-based Peach Street Distillers to seize the space in 2020.

Ska Street had 30 taps and a 10-barrel brewing system the company had hoped to produce 500 to 1,000 barrels a year.

The facility had just opened for business when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and all bars and restaurants in Colorado were temporarily closed.

The establishment reopened after about two months for limited service but closed for business in early 2022.

Days has been active in the hospitality scene in Boulder and beyond for decades.

Among the groups they owned or helped start, Rock Bottom Restaurants Inc. Old Chicago, Walnut Brewery, ChopHouse & Brewery; Colorado’s first microbrewery, Boulder Bear; The iconic Boulder watering hole The Walrus; upscale lodges at the Bolderado Hotel and Table Mountain Inn in Golden; Downtown Boulder Inc. , a non-profit organization focused on promoting downtown Boulder; and the Day Family Foundation.

Frank Day is a member of the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame in 2003, and was named in 2004 by the Boulder Chamber of Business Innovators. Gina Day is a 2018 member of the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame.

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