The one thing that can make bacon better: more bacon.
So says comedian Jim Gaffigan. And Denver’s David Dill, a real estate investor turned entrepreneur, has made a million-dollar bet on a food so tasty, chefs wrap other foods in it.
Dill says he has wagered $1 million over the past three years building the Bacon Social House, an all-day shrine to the crunchy pork product that opens this week in Sunnyside at 2434 W. 44th Ave.
But in a city known for its health-conscious diners, Dill said the plan won’t be just a flash in the pan.
“Bacon is iconic,” said Dill, 51. “I’ve even noticed vegetarians cheating with bacon.”
Dill thought Denver’s breakfast and brunch options could use some fresh meat.
But as he got to know Sunnyside, Dill started investing more thought – and money – to make sure his concept will sit well with the neighborhood’s tastes.
One of his biggest investments has been remodeling the kitchen to accommodate people with dietary restrictions, he said. There’s a separate fryer for gluten-free cooking, for example, and adding more counter space means he can tuck tasty options for folks that don’t eat pork into the bacon-stuffed menu.
“It’s not just about getting people in and out the door,” Dill said. “I wanted to make an investment in the neighborhood and contribute to its growth.”
In that same spirit, Dill summoned a crop of homegrown talent for the project.
He co-masterminded the menu with Devil’s Food Bakery & Cookery chef Brian Crow. Melissa Friday of Xan Creative, who designed Illegal Pete’s and Snooze, trimmed the restaurant with mid-century modern decor. And an indoor mural comes courtesy of Denver-based artist Scot Lefavor.
Bacon Social House is an early tenant in Cobbler’s Corner, a development spearheaded by Sunnyside standby Paul Tamburello of Generator Real Estate and investor Jack Pottle of JBC Capital Partners.