"I had a great time," says Anthony Giovanni, speaking of his days behind the bar at Green Russell. "Frank Bonanno, Adam Hodak and the rest of the team there were phenomenal people. It was a great experience." Giovanni recently announced his departure from the speakeasy to become general manager of T ... More >>
Frank Bonanno is driven. As if the chef/entrepreneur isn't busy enough running his ten restaurants (soon to be joined by an eleventh, Salt & Grinder), he's now the star of Chef Driven, a new show that debuts at 6 p.m. Sunday on Colorado Public Television. And he's teaming up with Seattle Fish Co. to ... More >>
Nine local bartenders -- Justin Lloyd (Star Bar); Joe Hines (Williams & Graham); Adam Hodak (Bonanno Concepts); Pat Ruberto (Gaetano's); Brandon Meyer (Crave Dessert Bar); Melissa Durant (Old Major); Anika Zappe (Punch Bowl - Social Food & Drink); Les Baker (Tom's Urban 24) and Randy Layman from Ace ... More >>
The dining scene at Park Meadows has taken a few hits lately, with Grand Lux Cafe the most recent to leave the area. But it's about to get a heck of a consolation prize: Frank and Jacqueline Bonanno will be opening Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria, named in honor of their two sons, inside The Vistas at Par ... More >>
Those of you who insisted that Frank Bonanno would turn the former Lancer Lounge into an "over-hyped concept" -- which is what at least one person claimed when we broke the news that Bonanno would be taking over the evicted bar wedged between two of his restaurants -- will likely eat your words. I ... More >>
On Monday, November 5, Colt & Gray will be the stamping ground for a bartender's dream, especially those who have an affinity for cognac -- very good cognac. Six local cocktail magicians -- Melissa Durant (Green Russell); Carla Chang Sandoval (Hillstone Group); Anthony Giovanni (Gaetano's); Jason Pa ... More >>
When longtime owner Becky Conda was evicted from the Lancer Lounge, the dive bar that resides between Bones and Mizuna, earlier this month, it seemed only natural that Frank and Jacqueline Bonanno, who own those restaurants, along with Luca d'Italia, Osteria Marco, Lou's Food Bar, Wednesday's Pie, G ... More >>
Do you want a shot of attitude with that beer? Laura Shunk's interview with Adam Hodak, the Green Russell bartender who doesn't think bartenders should be pretentious, hit a few people in their funny bones, not to mention wallets lightened by the cost of craft cocktails. The comments keep flowing o ... More >>
To be pretentious or not? About the only than that people could agree on after reading the interview with Adam Hodak of the Green Russell was that a margarita needs real lime.
In this interview, Adam Hodak -- the beverage manager for Frank Bonanno's restaurants who's frequently behind the stick at Green Russell, Osteria Marco and Russell's Smokehouse -- weighs in on how he got to where he is, the night he pepper-sprayed himself and the irony of lime usage at Mexican resta ... More >>
In this interview, Osteria Marco bar manager Amanda Olig weighs in on rye whiskey, how she got her first bartending job in Denver and what she drinks after a particularly difficult night.
Six months ago, Eric Dutton, bar manager at Vesta Dipping Grill, unveiled a Vieux Carre he'd let sit in wood for a few weeks -- the first barrel-aged cocktail we'd seen on a Denver menu. Since then, though, we've noticed barrel-aged cocktails popping up on a handful of lists, making this a true tren ... More >>
A few hundred years ago, while sugar traders from Britain and the American colonies were distilling their molasses into fiery rum, a very different tradition was unfolding on the French islands in the Caribbean. The French produced their own sugar in Europe, and so had no need to refine it an ... More >>
Lori MidsonFrank Bonanno mans the line at Russell's Smoke HouseRussell's Smoke House, Frank Bonanno's new shrine to smoked meats, opened softly on Friday, but on Saturday, the staff was gearing up for a busy night, But, first, there was a fantastic food tasting orgy, of which I was lucky eno ... More >>
Lori Midson Word came yesterday that inspections are finished and the bar is stocked -- the Green Russell, a subterranean spot at 1422 Larimer Street, will open to the public tonight at 6 p.m.
The opening is coming right up for Green Russell, Frank Bonanno's underground cocktail joint that will be hidden behind the swinging door of a pie counter, dubbed Wednesday's Pie, in Larimer Square. Bonanno and Adam Hodak, beverage director at Bonanno's restaurant group and partner in the n ... More >>
Adam Hodak engages Denver bartenders to make guest appearancesFrank Bonanno and Adam Hodak are still ironing out the details of the Green Russell, the subterranean bar they're opening behind a pie shop front called Wednesday's Pie in Larimer Square -- and that includes staff. But while the p ... More >>
Adam Hodak will partner with Frank Bonanno to open the Green RussellA few weeks ago, we reported that Frank Bonanno, whose expanding group of restaurants includes Mizuna, Bones, Osteria Marco, Luca d'Italia and, in December, Lou's Food Bar, had signed a lease on a sizable subterranean space ... More >>
See that photo up top? That's the former home of Ron & Dan's Keg, and the future address of Lou's Food Bar, Frank Bonanno's new restaurant, which was gutted yesterday after Bonanno, who also owns Bones, Luca d'Italia, Mizuna , Osteria Marco (and soon, Wednesday's Pies), sealed the deal on th ... More >>
Lori Midson In less than an hour, Jean-Philippe Failyau, who owns Park Burger in Platt Park and a small interest in Osteria Marco, will lift the garage doors and fling open the front door of Park and Co, his new burger joint that took over the Bump and Grind plot at 439 East 17th Avenue.
Rob ChristensenSecond place Adam Hodak, first place Randall Layman, and third place Ken Kodys, with judges Lisa Hare and Sean KenyonLast night, Sailor Jerry's rum hosted a different kind of cocktail contest. These events normally take place in quiet rooms of trendy restaurants, where particip ... More >>
Lori MidsonFrank Bonanno will open his fifth Denver restaurant this summerBack in late March, we reported that Frank Bonanno was in the market for a new restaurant. The chef/restaurateur, who already operates four Denver restaurants -- Bones, Osteria Marco, Mizuna and Luca D'Italia -- said ... More >>
Nancy LevineSean Kenyon takes top spot at Domaine De Canton competition Last night Domaine de Canton and brand ambassador Bryan Dayton of Frasca hosted the semifinalist round of the Domaine de Canton bartender competition at TAG. Beyond bragging rights, the winner of the competition won a tri ... More >>
Anika Zappe is on a tear. Yes, she still has her band, Hemi Cuda, although its last show is coming sometime this year. "Had to make more time for cocktology," she says. Zappe has been Root Down's bar manager since the restaurant opened in December 2008, and the bar is doing great business. So ... More >>
The state's best mixologists will be pouring it on -- and pouring out the drinks -- Sunday, April 26, at the first Colorado Cocktail Classic competition, sponsored by the Colorado Bartenders Guild. Go to Trios Enoteca,1730 Wynkoop Street, at 6 p.m. to cheer on your favorite bartenders and enjoy some ... More >>
Steuben's will host a toy drive to benefit the Denver Rescue Mission tonight, beginning at 9 p.m. and running until about 2 a.m. And if you donate a toy, not only does God give you a pat on the back, but you receive a free cocktail or Great Divide beer! The cocktails are creations by eight of D ... More >>