Brava! Pizzeria And Biker Jim’s Lead The Street Food Evolution

According to, “It’s hot on the first day of June, and the vast courtyard at the intersection of the 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe Street is crowded. Business people in A-line skirts and pleated khakis are eating their to-go lunches at sunny tables, soaking up a few minutes of real weather outside of the air conditioning and fluorescent lights of nearby offices.”

“Since 2005, Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs has dominated this section of downtown, proffering reindeer sausages topped with Coke-caramelized onions and a thin ribbon of cream cheese to long lines of hurried customers. Jim Pittenger, the cart’s owner, was one of the forerunners of the gourmet street-food movement, and he enjoyed five years of business virtually without competition, unless you count generic hot dogs in starchy buns hawked on every block of the mall. Five weeks ago, though, Dave Bravdica’s Brava! Pizzeria rolled into a shaded cove directly across the street from Pittenger’s cart. Now that the pizzaiolo has more or less worked out the angles of mobile vending, he’s luring in some of those lunchers with airy crusts and stretchy mozzarella fired in a wood-burning oven atop a small trailer.”