Maria Empanada, the award-winning Denver-based restaurant company founded in 2013, announced Monday that it is beginning construction of its fourth location at the Riverview at 1700 Platte Street a new 4- and 5-story, Class A office building with street-fronting retail and underground parking in Denver’s notable Platte Street neighborhood.

Maria Empanada’s latest restaurant will occupy 1,975 square feet on the ground floor facing Platte Street. Design was done by Cadence Design Studio and is being built by Jordy Construction. Like all other Maria Empanada locations, it will feature freshly-baked empanadas, all day long. The Riverview location will also have a complete espresso bar and feature other baked goods.

“We are very careful and strategic about our growth so we have to be extremely selective on where we locate our restaurants. When we understood what was happening on Platte Street we knew we had to be part of it,” says Lorena Cantarovici, founder and chef of Maria Empanada and who in just five years built her company into the nation’s leading brand of artisanal empanadas. “We are excited to bring our brand to the vibrant neighborhoods of Platte Street, LoHi and Union Station—areas that are clamoring for something unique and easy to eat.”

Riverview at 1700 Platte Street is a new Class A office building, designed to respect the historic industrial character of the Platte Street neighborhood, while infusing leading-edge architecture and sustainability features. Committed tenants include Maria Empanada, the U.S. headquarters for BP Lower 48—British Petroleum’s U.S. operations—that selected Riverview as a relocation from Houston, and Workiva Inc., a technology company expanding in the Denver market.

“We are thrilled to add Maria Empanada to our mix of best-in-class tenants at Riverview at 1700 Platte. Maria Empanada, as a trusted local restaurant and a proven brand will not only be an amenity to the employees in our building, but also to the surrounding office and residential neighborhoods,” says Ann Sperling, Senior Director with Trammell Crow Company (TCC), developer of the building. “We see our building and the quality Class A tenants it attracted as ushering in the next phase of the historic Platte Street area as a special place in Denver.”


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