D Bar Denver

Local Favorite Grows into a New Space

After working with Keegan and Lisa designing their D Bar San Diego location, we were excited to expand their brand in our hometown. They grew out of the first Denver location, and worked with Xan to evolve the brand into a larger space, new construction, and still in Uptown. The design challenge became how to retain the cozy character of the very first D Bar, and connect this new restaurant to the interior brand of the more refined San Diego space. We utilized the same color palette of D Bar blue and chocolate brown, and used the same booth design as San Diego. Reclaimed table tops and a cement floor bring in the cozy feel, while the dessert bar is still the star of the space. Check out the cafe counter where you can watch cake decorating and order some goodies to go. Xan was involved from the core and shell start to the icing finish.

“Calling Melissa just a designer is selling her short. She and the Xan team are the same kind of passionate artisans that we are as cooks. They understand the significance of every detail – they share your passion. Xan becomes a partner who can stand in your shoes but ultimately take the project to a level you can’t achieve on your own. Their experience gives them the depth and expertise to show what you can do and, when necessary, explain why you shouldn’t do something. From design, digital rendering of the space, materials selection and procurement, to project coordination, permitting oversight, budget management and space branding Xan truly becomes a partner in your total project.”
— Keegan Gerhard