Call Your Mother has been expanding like crazy across the DC area, and now it is making its first moves to go national. The beloved bagel spot and “Jew-ish” deli, which first launched in Park View in 2018, will open two locations in Denver next spring.
Owners Andrew Dana and Daniela Moreira have been scouting cities across the country over the past year, trying to figure out their next market. They quickly fell in love with Colorado, where Dana’s goddaughter lives.
“It felt like home. We love the architecture. We love the neighborhoods. It has these great different pockets. It feels a lot like DC,” Dana says. “We had that a-ha moment, that warm, fuzzy feeling in the belly.”
The Colorado outposts—located in the Capitol Hill and Tennyson neighborhoods—will have the same colorful vibes and similar bagel sandwich offerings. But they’ll also incorporate local purveyors and some new menu items, including collaborations with Denver restaurants.
Call Your Mother currently has seven locations in DC and Maryland, and Dana says they’d like to eventually expand to Virginia—and beyond.
“I told people who were with us day one at Call Your Mother, ‘Don’t look at this as a restaurant, look at this as a startup,'” Dana says. “I wanted people to be able to build real careers here and stay with us forever. And in order to do that, you just have to grow.”
Call Your Mother’s Denver shops will be located at 1291 North Pearl Street and 3870 Tennyson Street.