The Talk

Great Divide Brewery Under Construction

Xan has been working with Great Divide for the past eight years! We are honored to be playing the role of Creative Advocate for their growing facility on Brighton Boulevard.


Sunnyside with Bacon

Sunnyside will get a main dish of Bacon this summer. Bacon is an upcoming Denver restaurant in the Sunnyside neighborhood, brought to you by our client and friend David Dill. Take a look at a few sneak peeks of our branded interior design. The space will be open and bright featuring a mezzanine, large atrium and patio.


D Bar Preview

The new D Bar space is coming together in Uptown, which makes us very happy. We are really missing the Southern Fried Belgian — the fried chicken and waffle sandwich! Take a look at our process photos with corresponding renderings of the finished space. D Bar will be back early November!

The Dessert Bar




Great Divide Brewery Breaks Ground on Large Facility

Our longtime client Brian Dunn broke ground recently on his $38.2 million, five-acre facility for Great Divide, on Brighton Blvd. in RiNo. Xan has been behind the scenes from the start, Melissa Friday is working as Creative Director for the project and closely advising Brian during the construction. Here you see Brian with the well loved Yeti, and the remains of a building that came down on the site. Read Westword’s article here.

Top of the Town

In case you missed the sweet article on Melissa and Xan in 5280’s Top of the Town issue!

Melissa Friday

Xan is Crazy for Mad Greens

Marley Hodgson and Dan Long of Mad Greens fast casual restaurants came to Xan for help in creating what they called, “Mad Greens 2.0”. The space brand goals for Mad Greens 2.0 included functional improvements to the food prep line, and the customer experience, along with a new look and feel for the interior that speaks to the owner’s dedication to healthy, locally sourced ingredients. The Mad Greens brand is focused on better eating, with a tongue in cheek delivery of menu items like the Crazy Ivan, and Ty Cobb salads. We re-designed the look and feel with a more natural take on the current graphic brand. The first Mad Greens that will feature the new design will be in the Arapahoe Plaza, in Centennial, Colorado. Here you see some materials samples and renderings of the space.

Illegal Pete’s in Fort Collins!

Finally, Illegal Pete’s is opening a location of its popular Mexican food, bar and live music venue in Fort Collins. Our first project with Pete Turner was his South Broadway location. This Illegal Pete’s will be located in the popular Old Town district, in what was formerly a Goodwill location. It will feature a rooftop addition, along with a 2000 square foot rooftop patio. Take a look at the before photos of the space, we do love crunchy old buildings! Stay tuned for future updates.

Melissa Friday with Randy Baird, one of our favorite GC’s.

Confluence Denver Features Xan & Restaurant Design

“Confluence Denver, is an online publication about the people, ideas and innovators creating a world-class city desirable to the creative class.” Check out the new feature on Xan. “There are architecture companies that design restaurants, but we offer a different level of expertise and involvement throughout the project that sets us apart,” Melissa Friday explains.

Read the full article HERE.

Atomic Cowboy Hits South Broadway!

Where can you get delicious biscuits, a crispy NY slice, and yummy craft beer? Longtime fixture on Colfax, Atomic Cowboy is expanding their brand to South Broadway. Xan is honored to work with Drew Shader, and to add the Xan touch to his restaurant. The Atomic Cowboy brand comes to life in this beautiful spaceship. The photos feature a few design details that capture the atomic age in our western town. The new location will open this month, come check it out!

Atomic Cowboy Facade
Back Wall Art