The B.U.F.F. Brothers group of bars and restaurants has broken up. After thirteen years, Rob Lanphier split from his business partner last month and started his own company, Pour Kids. Noonan's Tavern (13521 East Iliff Avenue, Aurora), which B.U.F.F. opened in March, is now part of Lanphier's portfolio, as is Boone's Tavern, which is slated to open Friday, November 11, at 1135 East Evans Avenue (the former home of Smugs and, for decades before that, Fagan's).
The joint is named after Denver Boone, the University of Denver's official mascot from 1968 to 1998; Lanphier was surprised that no one in the DU area had used the name before. Boone's will be part of what he envisions as Pour Kids' "state-triotic" — think "patriotic" — concept, which focuses on locally sourced beer, spirits and food. "All our beers are going to be from Colorado," Lanphier says. "About half of our liquors are going to be from Colorado, and we'll be trying to do as much Colorado-sourced food as humanly possible."
Boone's will also mark Lanphier's first foray into barbecue; a longtime buddy of his will be running the smoker. "The thing we try to strive for is having great food, basically," he says. "Better food than people would expect in a neighborhood tavern. Our kitchen is about an 85-percent scratch kitchen."
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While Boone's will essentially be a neighborhood sports bar with a lot of TVs, Lanphier plans to book solo and duo acoustic acts on the weekends. And while the DU crowd will be his focus, he's also hoping to draw people who work at nearby Porter Hospital and other folks who live or work in the area. "I think they'll like something they can walk to, where they can have some barbecue and a bunch of beers and appreciate it," he says.
Lanphier recently took over Downing Street Bar & Grill (305 South Downing) as well; he'll rebrand it as a Pour Kids bar at the start of the new year, when he'll introduce a new menu. And with any luck, he'll also return the place it its former name: The Handlebar. But in the meantime, it's business as usual at Downing Street.
As for B.U.F.F., it still has Ralphie's (585 East South Boulder Road, Louisville), FuNuGyz (17785 Cottonwood Drive, Parker) and B.T.'s in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Club scout: There's a stellar lineup at Beta (1909 Blake Street) this weekend, with British house DJ Carl Cox on Thursday, November 3; Tampa-based dubstep artist Nerd Rage on Friday, November 4; house-music pioneer Donald Glaude on Saturday, November 5; and Detroit-based techno producer Carl Craig on Sunday, November 6. And over at La Rumba (99 West Ninth Avenue), Lipgloss residents boyhollow and Option4 will be joined by Paul Anthony, a Chicago-based electro and house DJ and owner of the Dirty Fabric label, on Friday, November 4.