PHOTOS: Your first look inside Cherry Cricket Ballpark, opening April 17

Frings and fishtanks.

That’s all you really need to know about The Cherry Cricket Ballpark anyway, right?

Maybe that’s not all you need to know, but they sure are two things fans of the original Cricket in Cherry Creek are looking forward to.

That Cherry Cricket opened more than 70 years ago on East Second Street in Denver, and has since become a dining staple in the Mile High City with its giant burgers and come-as-you-are vibe. Since November 2017, when the watering hole announced it was finally adding a second location in the former Breck on Blake space by Coors Field, fans have eagerly waited the opening.

The juicy, beefy, fringy wait is over.

“With this space, we didn’t want it to be cookie-cutter,” said Lee Driscoll, who co-owns the Cricket with Ed Cerkovnik. “But at the same time, we didn’t want in any way to damage the essence of the current Cricket, which is kind of like fairy dust. We knew we couldn’t re-create the Cricket, but we wanted similar elements.”

While the project ended up being even more different than the owners originally intended, the heart of what makes Cherry Cricket a Denver institution remains.

“We really focused on what we thought was the critical hit, and that’s really all about the service and the food and an atmosphere that’s comfortable for people from all social demographics,” he added.

When talks began of branching out with another Cricket, and Driscoll and crew were asking fans what some of their favorite parts of the burger joint were, one thing stood out: the fish tank.

When visitors walk in to the new space, which seats 286, they are greeted by 1,500 gallons of water, colorful fish, and a few creative aquatic decorations. Customers will also notice a very different layout of the historic building at 2220 Blake St.

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Source:: The Denver Post

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