HR Foods, a restaurant in Warehouse Food Hall, is the latest embodiment of owner Hank Robertson’s passion for excellent cooking and serving.
Born in West Virginia, Robertson came to Colorado when he was 15 years old, and early on, he discovered cooking as a vehicle for his creativity.
“I’ve always had a passion for food since I was 12,” Robertson joked. “I started cooking for myself not because my mom wasn’t a good cook, she liked my food better.”
Craig arrived 10 years ago, and after a variety of occupations in the Yampa Valley that required travel and time away from home, he decided to start a business based on his love of preparing food for friends and family.
It started with a simple outdoor food stand featuring Navajo tacos and gyros. Next, he took over the running of the Thunder Rolls Bowling Center snack bar, and then purchased a food truck that was stationed at locations across town, while creating a dedicated client base.
Last May, the opportunity to open a restaurant at Warehouse Food Hall at 1589 W. Victory Way came after a chance meeting with the owner, Amanda Montgomery. Soon, Robertson decided to park his food truck and open HR Foods.
The menu features classic American food, and consists of a variety of burgers, chicken sandwiches, and wings, all served with hand-cut fries.
“We’re the only place in town that serves up hand-fried fries,” Robertson said. “We eat roughly…a thousand pounds of potatoes a week.”
Currently, Firebird is the best selling burger. It consists of a half pound burger topped with mango habanero sauce, cream cheese and bacon served on a brioche bun. Another popular request is wings, covered in foam in one of six homemade sauces that Robertson rates top secret. In fact, he charged about 175 pounds to customers just last month.
Each weekday includes a daily special—Tuesday is Navajo tacos, Wednesday is a day-to-day resolution, Thursday features gorgonzola steak salad, and Friday is chicken stir-fry.
More recently, HR Foods and the Warehouse began hosting steak nights on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, featuring a 16-ounce ribeye with asparagus and mashed potatoes.
Always on the hunt for premium food, Robertson just agreed to buy local beef from M&M Custom Grazing, so HR Foods’ steak night will soon bring delicious, healthy, local protein to HR Foods patrons.
To help promote Warehouse and HR Foods, a variety of themed steak nights will be offered to spice up the dining experience. On September 25, there will be ’80s night, while planning for the Oktoberfest celebration is in progress with a focus on some German food and a family-friendly Halloween dinner night.
“If I’m angry, I’ll go cook. If I’m sad, I’ll go cook. If I’m happy, I’ll invite a group of people, and cook for all of them,” said Robertson. “This is my outlet, how I escape.”