An icon in the neighborhood, the Federal Theater was built at 38th and Federal in 1923. It was remodeled in 1948 and given more of an Art Deco feel. By the 1970s, the Federal stopped showing films.
The theater now holds the Victory Outreach Church. Both the 1948 marquee and the original 1923 terra cotta sign are still visible.
Ernie's first opened in the Sunnyside neighborhood in 1948. The current bar and pizzeria pays homage to that original spot by continuing to serve hand-made pizza dough, sauce and mozzarella each day.
It was reopened in 2009 and serves those famous pizzas as well as calzones, pastas, soups, salads and more.
The Universal is a highly-rated breakfast and lunch restaurant along W 38th Ave in Sunnyside.
The menu focuses on creative twists on southern-style comfort food like biscuits and gravy, rancheros, egg scrambles and more. They even have a “grits of the day” special.
Common Grounds has been roasting coffee in Sunnyside for over 20 years, but in 2013 opened a coffee shop inside the roastery. Before, they had a separate coffeehouse in Highland plus the roasting building in an old radiator shop.
Now, visitors can sip on a cup of coffee while watching the beans roast.
Another Sunnyside coffee roastery, Huckleberry opened in 2011.
They serve and sell fresh-roasted coffee in their cozy shop and offer a variety of classes like brew methods, espresso basics, milk steaming, tea tasting and cupping. Classes range from $75 to free!
There is no shortage of breweries in Sunnyside. This includes Diebolt, a French-inspired spot that hosts weekly trivia, live music, craft nights, beer dinner and brunches and more.
Also in the neighborhood is Factotum, a homebrewer-driven brewery. Aspiring brewers can pay to brew their recipe using Factotum's equipment and then sell it at their taproom.
Chubby's was a drive-up burger joint when it was bought by Stella Cordova in 1967. She added Mexican food and their famous green chili, turning it into the famous counter-service spot it still is today.
When other Chubby's began popping around town (with no affiliation to the first Sunnyside location) they changed their name to The Original Chubby's. A new, larger building replaced the original in December 2016. It's now run by Stella's grandson.
The sign outside an artisan cheese shop in Sunnyside carries a slogan all cheese lovers can relate to. Cheese and Provisions has a massive selection of cut-to-order cheeses and offers as many samples as you'd like to help you decide.
They also have salumi, cheese platters, wine and beer pairings, party platters and a cheese of the month club for those who are really serious about their cheese.
If you've been searching for Cuban coffee or sandwiches in Denver, look no further than Buchi in Sunnyside.
The small café serves traditional Cuban coffee (strong, sweetened coffee), cortadito and café con leche along with pressed sandwiches, empanadas, cocktails, flan and pastels.
Located in a warehouse, Bonacquisti is a Denver winery with the goal of making wine less elitist. They do this by helping teach people about their wines, focusing on having a very welcoming space and simply making good wine.
Their tasting room is open Tuesday through Saturday and features wine on tap, free tours and live music on Fridays.
This Sunnyside restaurant is all about bacon. Bacon Social House opened in 2015 and serves both brunch and dinner, with plenty of bacon options on each menu.
If you really want to dive into the bacon theme, you can even get a flight of six different types of bacon to start your meal.