Do you want some ambiance to elevate your dinner delivery? The Monkey Barrel in Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood may have something that will do just the trick.
The neighborhood beer bar has partnered up with a local record company to offer delivery vinyl service through Uber Eats. Now, you can order a sandwich, a slice of chocolate cake and a side of Wu-Tang Clan.
“Why wouldn’t we send out a record as delivery with an Uber Eats order?” said Ryan Dykstra, owner of Ryan Dykstra Records.
Dyksra’s love of vintage vinyl began while he was in college in the mid-90s.
“Back then, CDs had just come along. Vinyl was a dead art. You could buy any single for a dollar or an album for a few bucks,” said Dykstra. “I started collecting and before I knew it, I had thousands of records.”
Dykstra said 2016 was the year vinyl started to become cool again and that's when he decided to try to make a business out of it. He has been on a mission to spread his love of vinyl ever since.
“My company is all records, all the time,” Dykstra said.
Dykstra teams up with retail stores, coffee shops, restaurants, you name it, to sell records. He holds pop up shops and sells out of his yellow school bus at festivals.
Dykstra’s most recent endeavor combines old with new: vinyl records and the smartphone app.
Along with his friend Jimmy Nigg, owner of the Monkey Barrel, Dykstra picked four albums that can be delivered along with a meal through the Uber Eats app: Wu-Tang Clan's “Enter the 36 Chambers,” Bassnecter’s “Vava Voom,” “Axis Bold as Love” by Jimi Hendrix and “Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park.
“I think we touch on all of the cool points. As far as Jimi Hendrix being a classic rock icon, Wu-Tang Clan being a nice representative of what’s cool in hip-hop right now. Linkin Park's ‘Hybrid Theory’ was a huge record in the dawn of rock and rap together, and there were so many singles from that particular album that were released on the radio,” said Dykstra. “And Bassnecter is actually a good friend of mind. When I was a nightclub promoter, I booked him a lot of times in Denver before he got huge. That covers the dance side.”
Dykstra said he and Nigg plan to offer a new selection of records on the first of every month. So, if this month’s offering may not be your thing, make sure to check your app in a few weeks.