R&R Barbecue joint closes after six months on Edgewater’s public market

Six months after opening, a Salt Lake City-based barbecue restaurant closed its first Denver-area location.

R&R BBQ opened at 5495 W. 20th Ave. in one of the exterior buildings of the Edgewater Public Market in July 2021. Its signage has been removed in recent weeks.

The brand is part-owned by Savory, a new division of Salt Lake City-based growth fund Mercato Partners, which focuses on growing upscale and casual brands.

Savory, who did not respond to a request for comment, also owns San Diego-based fried chicken chain The Crack Shack, which has a stand in Chef Troy Guard’s Grange Hall at DTC, and Via 313 Pizzeria, an Austin-based Detroit style. pizza brand that will open alongside The Crack Shack’s second Denver location at RiNo this year.

R&R BBQ was founded by brothers Rod and Roger Livingston in 2013 and has 12 locations in Utah and Idaho. It gave its own Rocky Mountain stamp on flavor by smoking meats using white oak instead of hickory or mesquite, according to its website.

Other tenants at Edgewater’s Public Market include Shake Shack, brunch venue Syrup and Barquentine Brewing Co. The R&R BBQ unit was 3,583 square feet, according to marketing materials.

In addition to R&R BBQ, Owlbear Barbecue announced its closure last week on social media, citing rising supply costs and pandemic woes. Owner and pit master Karl Fallenius opened the Texas-style joint in 2019 at 2826 Larimer St. in RiNo.

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