Local Developer Hopes to Shake Up Parker Restaurant Scene with Fresh Seafood, Ranch-to-Table Fare
“We’re all committed to it being a signature local experience, instead of a chain-store experience.” — Mike May, CEO of Mars Development
“I want to build a restaurant where the food is fresh, a scratch kitchen, and we’re working with local farmers.” — Pamela Brier, owner of West Main Taproom and Grill
When you love your town, it’s hard to get motivated to fight Interstate 25 traffic on a Friday evening just to go out for a special dinner.
That’s part of the motivation behind developer Mike May’s multi-restaurant and boutique hotel project, called West End on Mainstreet, that just broke ground in the summer. The CEO of Mars Development in Parker says he wants to bring something unique to the dining scene in the town he calls home and keep residents spending their money locally—and he wouldn’t mind making Parker a restaurant destination, either.
“I’ve been here for 32 years, so I love this town,” says the former Parker Town Councilman and Colorado State Representative. “People can come downtown and choose from several restaurants and not have to go to the Tech Center.”
West End on Mainstreet’s signature restaurant, Rick’s Steak and Seafood, will feature Colorado ranch-to-table beef, fresh seafood that will be flown in daily and other ingredients sourced from local farms.
Mike says Martini’s on the Half Shell oyster and piano bar will bring a little Casablanca feel to Parker that doesn’t currently exist. The piano bar will offer flown-in daily oysters and craft cocktails and wines, as well as mountain views from its upper-deck patio.
In addition to the steak and seafood fare, West End on Mainstreet will feature an upscale sports bar, a diner serving breakfast and lunch, and a taproom featuring Colorado brews and spirits.
Restaurateur Pamela Brier says her West Main Taproom and Grill will offer 54 Colorado brews on tap and Colorado-made spirits. She owns restaurants and a catering company in Omaha, Neb., and says she’s been thinking of the Parker gastropub concept since she moved to the town more than a year ago.
“My big thing is partnering with local vendors,” she says. “I want to build a restaurant where the food is fresh, a scratch kitchen, and we’re working with local farmers.”
The project located at the northeast corner of Mainstreet and Twentymile Road will include a high-end 51-room hotel called the Laszlo Hotel and is expected to open summer 2019.
Mike has been building hotels in Colorado and several other states for many years, so he says it feels good to bring something unique and locally driven to his hometown.
“We’d rather create an outlet for local businesses in a unique environment, because if you’re just going to end up at a Jimmy John’s, then why bother? Not that I have a problem with Jimmy Johns,” Mike says, laughing.
“It’s been six years in the making. It’s been a long time trying to get it right and making certain we have all the components together and in the right spot. We’re all committed to it being a signature local experience, instead of a chain-store experience.”