It’s rare to find a local business so committed to the beautiful state of Colorado that all their meats, drinks—even their insurance and bank accounts 😉 —are from locally owned and operated companies. That’s what we found in Fort Collins’ newest restaurant and FirstBank customer, The Colorado Room.

Proud owners Danny Shea and Justin Serr dreamed up their “All Colorado, All the Time” concept years ago with a vision to feature only local food, goods, craft beer and spirits. What’s more, the restaurants’ interior— its art work, tables, bar and all—is entirely built from locally-sourced materials, including recycled beetle-kill wood.

Seriously, we aren’t joking: these guys LOVE Colorado. But so do we — so much that spotlighting the much-buzzed-about restaurant on our blog only seemed natural.

Q: What was the inspiration behind The Colorado Room?

A: We’ve each worked in the restaurant industry for more than 15 years and finally decided to pursue the dream of owning our own place. We wanted to create a restaurant that features all the things we love about Colorado: local beer, artesian goods, music and more.

Q: What can people expect from The Colorado Room?

A: Delicious, affordable eats and drinks, as well as unique goods. We’ve tapped an amazing executive chef, Dave Richter, who honed his culinary skills at some of Denver’s most acclaimed restaurants such as TAG and TAG Raw Bar. He’s built a mouthwatering menu of sandwiches — or “sammys,” as we call ‘em — including a bison banh mi and pulled pork with apple and jicama slaw. But don’t just take our word for it: we were recently recognized for having the “best unique sandwiches” by Scene Magazine of Northern Colorado.

In addition, we have Colorado craft beers constantly rotating on tap. And we of course serve locally made small-batch spirits from distilleries including Leopold’s, Spring 44, Feisty and Mile High Spirits.

Customers also love our fantastic back patio area, which features yard games and live music during the warmer months. Our goal is to be an entertainment venue as much as we are a restaurant.

Q: You’ve said that giving back to the community is an important part of The Colorado Room. Can you explain how you plan to contribute to the community?

A: Each month we set aside a percentage of sales to be donated to a different charity. We have several community programs and nonprofits we’re hoping to donate to this year, including Poudre Valley Hospital, Mile High United Way and a number of local schools.

Q: What made you decide to donate a portion of your proceeds to local nonprofits/charities?

A: We actually follow a similar philosophy to FirstBank — a company is only as strong as its community — and we want to positively impact organizations that make Colorado great. So many deserving nonprofits and programs are completely reliant on financial contributions to operate, and we want to help them out as best we can.

The Colorado Room is open from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. To learn more, visit their website here.

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