The Tin Star opened with a sizzle on May 23. Located in the new Village Plaza at 5332 DTC Boulevard and featuring spirited flavors from the Southwest and beyond, this is the first Tin Star to open in Colorado. Greenwood Village Mayor Prom Tem Karen Blilie and John Brackney, president of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, were on hand to participate in the celebration.
Restaurant industry veteran Rich Hicks developed the concept in Dallas. Denverite Dana Vollbracht and Dallas native John Jourde are exclusive franchisees for the state of Colorado.
The doors of the first Tin Star opened in 1999. Tin Star also operates restaurants in Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia. There are plans to open over 50 new locations throughout the country in the next five years.
Former Brinker International executive and Denver restaurant veteran Vince Baraket will operate the first Colorado location. Vollbracht and Jourde plan to open 10 additional locations throughout the metro area over the next eight to 10 years.
The concept has attracted franchisees from across the country, including successful Krispy Kreme franchisee Brad Bruckman, who holds the franchising rights in California, Arizona and Nevada.
While the industry refers to Tin Star as “fast casual dining,” Tin Star offers the quality of “fine dining with the speed and value of quick service.” Guests place their order and pay at the counter, and make a quick stop by Tin Star’s salsa bar for a selection of fresh salsas fire-roasted daily and warm tortilla chips. In less than 10 minutes, their food is brought to the table.
Every menu item is made from scratch on-site with high-quality, fresh ingredients including pressed to order flour tortillas and three kinds of salsa.
Lunch and dinner options are old favorites with unexpected twists, such as the cheeseburger taco and bleu cheese bacon burger, a cooked-to-order burger topped with bacon, crumbled bleu cheese, chipotle sauce, lettuce and hand-battered fried onion strings, all rolled into a flour tortilla.
Gourmet soft tacos are a mainstay at Tin Star, but a variety of knife-and-fork entrees such as sweet and sour salmon and chipotle chicken are also available. The Colorado location will feature a weekend brunch, with a variety of breakfast soft tacos and buttermilk pancakes.
Tin Star will be open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the weekends.