Rally5 to Reopen an Expansive New Space in February

The restaurant has been under construction for much of the past year, combining with the building next door.
A Rally5 Taco Combo
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After expanding for most of 2022, Rally5 Crafted Eats & Bar is almost ready to open doors to its considerably larger capacity at 2310 E. Harmony Rd. in Fort Collins.

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A melding of two adjacent buildings (the current Rally5 and the building to its east) will double the restaurant’s size, jumping from 2,500 square feet to 5,000 square feet. Inside, the available seating will grow from 80 to 170, and Rally5’s patio will jump from 40 to 100 seats. This massive expansion owner Steve Lauer credits to the restaurant’s high-end crew serving up a multitude of eats inside a setting designed for a variety of folks to enjoy.

“June will be our sixth year open,” Lauer said to What Now Denver. “We came out of COVID pretty healthy, and we’ve now maxed out given our space and limitations. The (Rally5) manager has been with us from day one, and we’ve got a great crew in the restaurant.”

The diversity of menu, drinks, and televisions also contributes to the experience at Rally5. Lauer said that the new digs will add eight 85-inch TV screens to bring their total to 20. The added space will also include an entirely new cooler for kegs.

“It’s a great sports bar and it’s a great place for family,” Lauer said. “Dad can have a burger and a beer while the kids play games and eat. There’s flexibility in the environment and variety in our menu.”

Rally5 serves up everything from diverse tacos to six different mac n’ cheese dishes. A diversified sandwich selection complement 10 different burgers, while indulgent appetizers set off salads and vegetarian options. Upon reopening, the kitchen is also adding salmon and tofu protein options to the menu.

“It’ll make things a little more healthy while keeping the craveability,” Lauer said.

Lauer will also keep things local at Rally5, stocking Colorado beef, locally-baked bread, and Red Bird chicken while making “everything in house that we can.”

Folks impatient for the new opening can order Rally5 food now from a limited menu at Mas Fuego — a Mexican restaurant next door that’s also owned by Lauer. The eatery will serve Rally5’s lunch menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays through February until the awesome, augmented space is set

Matthew Denis

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