Brasserie Brixton opened as a French cafe in July, now it sells pizza

Chef Jeff Schwing bakes Pizzas at (Le) Brix Pizza & Wine in Denver, on Thursday, Jan. 14. Pizza boxes for pickup orders are at the prepared. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Write-up)

Editor’s be aware: We’re just craving pizza all the time these days. There are number of foodstuff that are extra comforting. So major up to Super Bowl Sunday, we’re bringing you a three-component sequence on our preferred pie. Nowadays, the story of Brasserie Brixton, a new restaurant in Cole that has quite the pandemic tale and has not long ago overhauled its entire menu, serving pizzas to go in purchase to survive the winter. Up coming 7 days: Our Prime 10 pizzas in metro Denver. 

A few years back, world travelers Justin Morse and Amy Keil resolved to create their aspiration cafe in Denver — a tiny community location with great meals at a price tag that was not prohibitive and an ambiance that fed off the electricity of its consumers.

The couple made an LLC and commenced construction on Brasserie Brixton inside a corner brick storefront at 37th and Williams in the Cole neighborhood. By the time they opened their little Denver cafe in July, the placing and menu had been every thing they had envisioned. Aside from a pandemic, they experienced just just one other dilemma to contend with: The brasserie didn’t qualify for any governing administration support, in particular Paycheck Defense.

According to Morse, in response to aid apps, they have been informed that the Brasserie had opened as well late in the 12 months for support, and that they couldn’t confirm a authentic business enterprise “loss” from their gross sales pre-pandemic.

“In what globe would you think that I’d make the similar sum of income (throughout a pandemic)?” he explained to The Denver Write-up, baffled. “I work in an market that practically has government regulations telling me I can not open up my doors.”

Not even six months into functioning the restaurant, Morse, Keil and chef-owner Nicholas Dalton essential to shut store briefly to rebrand and reopen. Their remedy to an not possible scenario: a to-go pizza business enterprise, referred to as (Le) Brix Pizza & Wine. To get them by way of the wintertime, (Le) Brix now specializes in particular and deep-dish pies, as perfectly as a handful of salads and appetizers.

“It’s truthfully been form of nice executing the pizza, because I know that we’re not likely to get shut down tomorrow,” Morse reported. “It’s not a fireplace drill every single day.”

Co-proprietor Justin Morse at (Le) Brix Pizza & Wine in Denver on Jan.14. Brasserie Brixton opened throughout the pandemic and has struggled to get assist as a result of its opening timeline. In the new 12 months, Morse and his co-proprietors at last resolved to transform their idea to a pizza to-go restaurant in get to survive until finally spring. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Article)

The idea for pizza from a French kitchen area arrived about back in November. It was Denver’s fall Cafe Week, and Morse and Dalton were being sitting down one evening just after assistance. They experienced just read that dining establishments would be shut to indoor eating once again starting up Nov. 20.

“What do we do?” Morse remembers wondering. The pair hadn’t developed their menu of snails, seasonal vegetables and steak frites to travel. More than the summer season, they had positioned a few picnic tables alongside the sidewalk (a system Morse said took five visits from a variety of town entities for approval).

“We have been joking all-around,” Morse said of the strategy to commence serving pizzas. Considerably has been penned of the forms of meals that restaurants are getting successful more than the previous 10 months, but in brief, you can bet on items like fried chicken, sandwiches, pizza and other comforts that have perfectly.

In minutes, the proprietors experienced determined “we’re a pizza restaurant now.” They obtained to function developing a wood oven, experimenting with dough and coming up with a new identify for the business.

“I definitely preferred to have a separation just so folks didn’t … assume the exact same menu, or even services,” Morse claimed of rebranding. “If you really do not like our pizza, you know, appear again for the French food items. But acquiring a very little pizza joint in a community is a good amenity.”

Nick Dalton, co-owner and chef, serves a Beet’za at (Le) Brix Pizza & Wine on Jan. 14. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)

They’ve even talked over retaining (Le) Brix in some type, pending customer opinions, the moment places to eat return to frequent assistance.

“That’s a minor bit of a silver lining that keeps us going,” Morse explained.

For shoppers, the silver lining is that Dalton and his team of chefs who had been trained in classically French foodstuff are placing their attention into combinations like the Grandma’s Potato deep dish (or, as I like to say, Bubbe’s Latke pizza). It’s a 13×9-inch pie loaded with julienne potatoes, bacon, onion, crème fraîche and fried rosemary ($26).

Own pizzas (wonderful for young ones, but bite-sized by grownup standards, $8) get even much more creative with toppings like artichoke and mortadella or beets, goat cheese and dukkah (a North African seasoning). And since the team couldn’t stray far too much from France, there are still bottles of Vin Mousseaux ($38), Pinot Blanc ($28) and far more funky wines to drink.

“We didn’t want to do anything that was an inferior products,” Morse said. And although he admits he has “lost all hope” of obtaining federal government assist, he has resolved to change his emphasis. “Any energy used worrying about it … doesn’t assistance us be a far better cafe tomorrow. And we’re fortunate to have a definitely good staff. Our substantial-conclusion eating chefs are producing pizza now, but with a smile on their deal with.”

(Le) Brix Pizza & Wine, 3701 N. Williams St., open up 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 720-617-7911,