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The sign outside still reads Cafe Cero, but 1446 South Broadway is now officially The Open Tap & Grill. After taking over the place two months ago, Linda Sarace overhauled the kitchen; she now has people painting the interior walls. After she gets the bar and dining room refurbished, she plans to put a partial cover on the patio — and come summer, she may turn the back patio into a beer garden and even host some poker runs for bikers, since she's a biker herself.
If all goes according to schedule, Sarace says, she'll throw a grand-opening party in January. But in the meantime, the Open Tap is open for business.
When I stopped by last week, I talked with a guy who's been frequenting this spot for the past four years. "This place has gone through more owners than I've gone through underwear in the last week," he said, looking up from the MegaTouch game at the end of the bar.
Andy Bercaw had taken over what had been a high-end Italian restaurant in 2005 and started bringing in live music and serving Mexican food — which made some sense, because the south room and upstairs look like something out of a spaghetti Western. But when I last stopped in at Cafe Cero, close to a year ago, it had just changed owners.
And now it has again. Sarace has kept a few Mexican items on the Open Tap menu, but the rest of the fare is standard pub grub: burgers, sandwiches, chicken strips and wings. On Saturdays and Sundays she offers brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a Bloody Mary bar from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Open Tap also has a happy hour that runs from 3 to 7 p.m. seven days a week.
As for entertainment, there's the Denver Poker Tour at 7 p.m. Mondays, an open drum circle at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, karaoke at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, open-mike comedy with Dick Black at 9 p.m. Thursdays, and an ambitious lineup of live rock, jazz, bluegrass, country and hip-hop on Fridays and Saturdays.
Club scout: Monolith Festival co-founder Matt Fecher recently kicked off New Music Mondays at Larimer Lounge (2721 Larimer Street), which he hosts as DJ Hot to Death. The night, which runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. (with no cover) features two guest DJs each week, and music fans can bring vinyl or iPods and share a few of their favorite cuts. On December 15, Kurt Ottaway of the Overcasters and MondoGarage will be Fecher's guests; the following Monday, he'll bring in Chris Martucci of Laylights and Miles & Baumer.
On Thursday, December 11, 24K and Monarck (both at 1416 Market Street) will host the 2008 Denver Model Showcase, with models sporting the latest fashions by Belleview Clothing. Thëorie (1920 Market Street) will host Toys for Shots on Friday, December 12; get a free Tru vodka shot when you donate $10 or bring a toy of equal or greater value to this charity bash benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. And on Saturday, December 13, Suite Two Hundred (1427 Larimer Street) will bring in former Danity Kane singer Aubrey O'Day to host the night.