Esters Neighborhood Pub just celebrated its two-year anniversary and began its membership in the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce at the beginning of June.
Sullivan has lived in the Virginia Village neighborhood since 2002, and was inspired by his family to open a kid-friendly neighborhood pub. Before opening Esters, Paul Sullivan, owner, sold beer to bars and restaurants, so craft beer was no foreign language to him.
“I was a beer sales guy and I worked for a brewery as well, so I was really into craft beer,” Sullivan said.
His restaurant and pub has 22 beers on draft and cocktails, but what makes his place stand out from the rest is the oven. Pizzas, salads, sandwiches and small appetizers are made in the oven. There is no deep fryer or freezer in the restaurant.
“we make everything fresh—all of our dough, our sauce, our salad dressings, everything we make by hand every single morning. So even though our food is not fancy by any means in my opinion, it’s just authentic. It’s all made from scratch,” Sullivan said.
So even the chicken and waffles they serve for brunch on Sundays are made in the pizza oven. It gives the flavor and atmosphere of a laid-back home-cooked meal away from the craziness of a busy household. With its modern and clean décor, Esters is definitely a place to enjoy a warm summer evening, brunch on Saturdays and Sundays with a full bloody Mary bar, watch a game with the family or even just catch up with old and new friends. Esters also has great weekly specials—kids eat free on Tuesdays and bottles of wine are half priced on Wednesdays.
Esters Neighborhood Pub has won many awards in its first two years, including best sports bar for watching games, best brunch in Denver and one of Denver’s top ten pizza joints in 2016.
Sullivan joined the Chamber after meeting members and wanting to get more involved in his surrounding community. He’s served as the Secretary for the Virginia Village Neighborhood association for four years.
“I believe that doing business in a community is important to help our community grow and help everyone out. So I think it’s good to be part of organizations and Chambers that help with that,” Sullivan said.