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Racines

650 Sherman St.
Denver, CO 80203
303-595-0418
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  • Sun 8am-10pm, Mon-Tue 7am-10pm, Wed-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat 8am-11pm
  • $, $$
  • Business Dining, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair accessible, Wifi Access
  • Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Garage Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
For three decades, Racines has been the meeting spot of first and last resort in Denver. Neighbors and power brokers, college kids and yuppies: It doesn't matter who you are or where you're coming from, there's room for you at Racines – and for your car, since the owners added a parking structure when they built a new home for Racines in 2004. The restaurant is still run by two of the original partners, Lee Goodfriend and David Racine, who met at a fern bar where Goodfriend was a server (“It was called a ‘waitress’ back then,” she notes) and Racine was a bartender. That popular place, now long gone, cooked out of a microwave, and the duo had a hunch they could do better. “We thought there was a need for a high-quality restaurant that cooked from scratch,” recalls Goodfriend. “In the ’70s that wasn’t so common, but it sounds a little silly now.” So they opened Goodfriends, and then a few years later Racines, and then still later, Dixons Downtown Grill. Goodfriends and Dixons are gone now, but Racines continues to pack in crowds large enough to warrant valet parking at lunch, brunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday, and during most meals the dining room has the buzz of a very successful restaurant, with silverware clinking, ice in glasses tinkling, and the comforting background hum of so many other conversations that your own is safely private. That Racines manages to stay so busy day in, day out, is quite a feat, especially in an industry where turnover is common and restaurateurs know the challenges of filling new restaurants a fraction of its size.

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