Each month, we set two daters up at a restaurant, give them free food and drinks, then wait for the magic to happen. This month's Blind Date, we set Andrew and Marissa up for a special night at Humboldt in Denver.
Meet the daters:
Hometown: Palm City, Florida
Current job: Charter sales private aviation.
Why are you going on Rooster’s Blind Date: I was reading Rooster and saw Lacee in there and it seemed like it was really fun.
What do you do for fun: Snowboard, go to concerts, travel.
What are you best at? I’m easy to talk to; getting to know people.
What do you suck at? Waking up early.
Do you sing in the shower: Definitely.
What are you most grateful for: Caffeine.
Do you want kids? Maybe someday.
Immediate red flags: Being rude to servers. Influencers.
One thing you can’t live without: Caffeine.
Why did your last relationship end: Moved into together during COVID. That was a mistake.
Guilty pleasure: Chocolate.
Hometown: PIttsburgh, PA
Current job: Biomedical engineer.
Why are you going on Rooster’s Blind Date: For fun and why not? My friend signed me up for it.
What do you do for fun: Run, go to concerts, convince my friends to go out on week nights.
What are you best at? Coming up with spontaneous plans last minute.
What do you suck at? Responding to texts or answering my phone.
Do you sing in the shower: Of course.
What are you most grateful for: Family.
Do you want kids? TBD.
Immediate red flags: When Snapchat is their number one form of communication.
One thing you can’t live without: The sun.
Why did your last relationship end: Mutual, we were different people.
Guilty pleasure: McDonald’s breakfast.
In Uptown Denver, the daters meet for a night to remember. Andrew shows up first, clean cut and sporting the Colorado plaid. Marissa comes in shortly after, jolly and dressed for the winter evening. Humboldt serves up delicious cocktails and appetizers to ease the daters in. We pull them aside to see if the Rooster algorithm is as good as advertised.
How’s it going so far?
M: Good. It’s been fun.
A: It’s going good. She’s super cool. We get along well. I’m having fun.
What were your first impressions of the dater?
M: Andrew is super nice. I really like him. We ordered the raw beef and he immediately devoured it without the bread.
A: Sweet, she likes to travel. Adventurous.
Is this the type of person you’d normally date?
M: Yes? He falls within the parameters.
Anything right away that might be a deal breaker?
M: No. He’s super cool.
Where do you normally meet potential partners?
M: Out at the bars. Or through friends of friends. Or Rooster.
A: Out at bars and restaurants… through friends… Hinge.
What’s the strangest dating story you have?
M: I went on a date backcountry skiing. And while we are on the back of the mountain, he told me he possibly had been involved in a drive-by shooting… I was stuck without cell service.
A: I was supposed to go out with a girl on Hinge, and she sent me good morning texts every day up until the day of the date.
What are you most nervous about for tonight?
M: Reading his side of the story afterwards.
A: I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. After this experience, it’s laid back.
Did you get any advice for this date?
M: My brother decided that he may or may not show up. Don’t ask the awkward questions you normally ask.
A: Don’t get too drunk.
How did you prepare for the date?
M: I was on a work call until 5, then took two shots and hopped in an Uber.
A: I had a beer across the street before hand.
How did your date dress tonight?
M: Good. He told me he was nervous about his shirt but it looked good.
A: Great. I don’t remember what she’s wearing.
He’s super cool, she’s super pretty: something tells us the night is only going to get better. Marissa warns us her family might show up and we purposefully leave this information out during Andrew’s interview. This will be fun. After the daters devour their steak, we pull them aside again to see how it’s going.
How was dinner at Humboldt?
M: Amazing. The food was great. I highly suggest the carpaccio.
A: Great. Food was really good. We got way too much. Mediterranean steak and Ceasar salad.
Do you guys have anything in common?
M: Yes. We lived in a lot of different places. Big families. Easy going people.
A: We have a lot in common. Both like animals, similar taste in music.
What do you like about your date?
M: Real easy to talk to. Adventurous. He was so easy to talk to.
A: She’s super sweet. Fun to be around. Pretty.
What do you not like about your date?
M: Everything is going great. I don’t have an answer for this.
A: Got no complaints.
What’s the most attractive thing about your date?
M: Agreed to split all the dishes with me.
A: She’s super pretty and has cool style.
How would your parents feel about the dater?
M: They’d love him.
A: They’d like her.
What’s been the best part of the date so far?
M: Getting to know someone new.
A: Getting to know somebody I would never have met otherwise.
What could make the date better?
M: Live music.
A: I can’t think of anything. It’s all perfect.
How’s the chemistry on a scale of 1 to 10?
Where would you like the night to go from here?
M: More drinks and out and see where it goes.
A: We’re going to grab a drink.
The night is going fantastic. The steak and appetizers hit the spot while the drinks keep the conversation lively. Rooster leaves the couple to be but not before having a Casa Amigos shot with the daters. Feeling warm and fuzzy, we head out for the night and check in with the daters the next morning.
What happened after Rooster left?
M: We went to two more bars and ended in the Highlands.
A: I found out her family had been sitting at the bar the whole time. They tried to run out when they saw us leaving but we ended up grabbing a drink with them at another bar.
What was the best part of the date and why?
M: Getting paired with someone who was able to have fun with it!
A: Tequila shots with the Rooster crew because it was unexpected.
Would you have changed anything about the date?
M: Probably would have shown up hungrier seeing as the food was amazing.
A: Nah, it was fun.
Was there a goodnight kiss?
M: Hahaha it’s rude to kiss and tell.
Will there be a second date?
M: Andrew was cool. I’d hang out with him again.
A: Yeah, I think so. We’ll see what happens.
Any advice for future blind daters?
M: Don’t take it too seriously and don’t tell friends, they might just show up.
A: It’s a really cool experience and I say go for it. Nothing to be nervous about.
Andrew met the parents on the first date and Marissa won’t kiss and tell. Luckily Andrew kisses and tells so we know exactly what happened. Looks like these two young bucks are heading for a second date thanks to the sophisticated Rooster algorithm. Thanks to Humboldt for an amazing evening. We’ll be back again next month with another blind date, on the quest to find love.