• Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Jeffco Student Walkouts: More Schools Joining Protest of Patriotically Slanted History Plan

    Yesterday, we told you about planned protests this morning by students at three Jefferson County high schools -- Pomona, Ralston Valley and Arvada West -- over a plan to promote patriotism in history lessons by downplaying civil disorder. Now, students from at least one more Jeffco high school are p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    Jeffco Teachers' Sickout Repeat, New Student Protests Over "Patriotism" Mandate and More?

    On Friday, opposition to new Jefferson County School Board proposals regarding teacher pay and history instruction focusing on "patriotism" exploded into action, with instructor sickouts leading to closures at two high schools, Standley Lake and Conifer, where students rallied to offer support. Now, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Reader: The Braun space is cursed, I tell you!

    Just a few days after the Archive Room closed in Olde Town Arvada, the Bar-On family took on the space, which was right across from an Udi's Pizza Cafe & Bar, one of nine restaurants in the family's homegrown empire. But for the new space, they chose a new concept: a sports bar with an Austrian acce ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 10, 2014
  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Archive Room closes in Arvada

    Four months ago, the Archive Room, which originally opened in 2009 in Olde Town Arvada, a charming neighborhood that boasts an abundance of bars and restaurants, underwent some major changes, including a big one in the kitchen: Aaron Youngblood, the former exec chef of the now-gone Dixons, took over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    We toast Prost, Freshcraft and Todd Alström in this week's beer calendar

    Peaches aren't the only Western Slope product heading east over the mountains these days. Kannah Creek Brewing in Grand Junction has just begun distributing two of its bottled beers, Lands End Amber and Standing Wave Pale Ale, to Denver for the first time. Eventually Republic National Distributing w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Hogshead Brewery turns one; beer fests abound this weekend

    This week USA Today announced the results of its hunt for the "best" craft brewery in America. Experts whittled the list of this country's 2,538-plus breweries (the latest number from the Brewer's Association) down to 72 nominations, and those went to a vote of the readers. More than 11,500 people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Photos: Namaste India now open in Arvada

    Namaste India opened last month in an Arvada strip mall. While the location is nothing special, the massive menu definitely is, with a full lineup of authentic Indian cuisine...and yak! But while the number of offerings is reminiscent of Namaste in Lakewood, a longtime Indian favorite, there's no co ... More >>

  • News

    June 13, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    D Note celebrates ten years of bringing music to Olde Town Arvada on Valentine's weekend

    Hard to believe it's already been this long, but decade ago this month, the D Note opened in Olde Town Arvada. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the venue will host a weekend long celebration featuring Laughing Hands, Opera on Tap, Cabaret Otaku and Lionel Young on Friday, February 15. The fol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Try President Obama's two White House honey beers today at Arvada Beer Company

    The presidential election is coming up quickly, and Arvada Beer Company is offering another way to judge one of the candidates: by his homebrew. The brewery, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary by tapping a brand-new beer each day through Saturday, will release White House Honey Ale and W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Satellite Boardshop and Red Bull unveil video from Ride With Us Colorado Skatepark Tour

    Boulder's Satellite Boardshop is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and this summer also marked the shop's seventh annual Ride With Us Colorado Skatepark Tour, which started back in May at the new Arvada park (a Westword Best of Denver 2012 winner) and concluded in August at the new park i ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 31, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Great Harvest Bakery back in business in Arvada

    The Great Harvest Bakery reopened last week at 7745 Wadsworth Boulevard in Arvada, and will celebrate being back in business with a ribbon-cutting at 4:30 p.m. today, followed by a weekend of deals on Friday, February 17, and Saturday, February 18. "We are so excited to reopen the bakery doors," sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Restaurant Roll Call for 2011

    Close to 300 new restaurants opened in the metro area last year -- and with that much action, perhaps it's not surprising that two of them are named Cebiche, and two of them are named Chinook. But the local dining scene also lost a surprising number of mainstays: the 29-year-old Pearl Street Grill, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Ten RecordSetter world records set by Coloradoans, including most questions asked in a drive-thru

    The core philosophy of Corey Henderson and Dan Rollman's book, The RecordSetter Book of World Records, is that everyone can be the world's best at something -- even if it is something ridiculous. They'll sign their book tonight at the Tattered Cover LoDo and tomorrow at the Boulder Bookstore. In add ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Arvada Beer Company opens today in Olde Town

    ​After a four-month delay, Arvada Beer Company will open today at 11 a.m. in a 95-year-old brick building that has been gutted and restored to make room for the brewery and other shops. "It's been a long journey, but we are really excited," says co-owner Kelly Floyd. The delays were caused by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Follow that story: Homicide at sketchy former pot shop, Special Kinds

    ​We're learning more about the homicide at the Arvada location of Special Kinds, a former pot shop (and a sketchy one at that). Police confirmed yesterday that the one-time dispensary's owner, 34-year-old Michael "SK" Walker, was shot and killed Monday night in what looks like a home invasion.

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Homicide at former Special Kinds, sketchiest pot shop William Breathes has reviewed (11)

    Special Kinds weed.​Reports about a homicide at the site of Special Kinds, an Arvada medical marijuana dispensary that officially shut down last year, remain sketchy -- much like the MMC itself. In the wake of the incident, medical marijuana critic William Breathes's Special Kinds review is e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Kokoro provides tasty, healthy Asian meals for veggie-lovers

    ​With three outposts in the metro area (555 Broadway, 2390 South Colorado Boulevard and 5535 Wadsworth Boulevard in Arvada), it's no surprise that Kokoro has become a go-to lunch and dinner destination for people craving a quick Japanese-style meal. (The South Colorado Boulevard and Arvada loc ... More >>

  • Music

    December 9, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Bliss Bar & Bistro will close its doors after Saturday

    A blissful moment at Bliss Bar & Bistro​After service tomorrow, Bliss Bar & Bistro -- an oasis of good taste in Arvada -- will close the doors at 7501 Grandview Avenue for good. "I think Arvada is just really hurting," says general manager Andrea Marion, who opened the place four years ago. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Yak and Yeti takes home the gold at Great American Beer Festival

    ​Two years ago, when Dol Bhattarai purchased an old, allegedly haunted house at 7803 Ralston Road in Arvada as the site for his second Yak and Yeti restaurant, it came equipped with brewing equipment: a holdover from the last occupant, a brewpub called the Cheshire Cat. Instead of ripping th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Tomye Kelley is suburban superhero Arvada Engenderall: Kenny Be's Hip Tip

    Full-sized comic below.​ Arvada Engenderall Real Name: Tomye Kelley; Occupation: Gender conflict counseler; Suburb of operation: Arvada; Hair: White; Eyes: Clear Suburban superhero skill: Arvada Engenderall possesses the conventional understanding of "assigned sex" genders, as well as a maste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Our updated medical-marijuana directory

    ​ This week's medical marijuana dispensary review -- William Breathes' critique of Arvada's Special Kinds -- will take you on a trip to the days when purchasing brick weed from a stranger's house was the only game in town. But today, there are options aplenty, and our newly updated dispensary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Candy Claws look fierce, threaten buildings in Arvada

    Click to enlarge​Arvada, beware! There's a big-ass, crocodilian kaiju coming for you. Your skyscrapers, supposing you have any, are in serious danger. And don't let your guard down just because it says those claws are candy. Ahem. We were quite taken with this flier. We're not sure if the awe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    What are Denver's most haunted restaurant locations?

    ​ Peter Boyles is holding his annual haunted house event at Yak and Yeti, the Nepalese restaurant that took over the former home of the Cheshire Cat Brewpub and Restaurant, at 7803 Ralston Road in Arvada. (There's a second Yak and Yeti at 8665 Sheridan in Westminster.) The ghosts on Ralston Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    Udi's brings its master-baked breads to Old Town Arvada

    Lori Midson​ Despite the half-dozen "For Lease" signs posted in the storefront windows in Old Town Arvada, at least one restaurant is actually moving in. Udi's Bread Cafe, which already has locations in Stapleton (7357 East 29th Avenue); Louisville (185 South 104th Street); Aurora (12700 East 19th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    3 Sons finally back in business

    The new home of 3 Sons in Arvada.Here's one for the books: 3 Sons is back in business, and even beat the June 20 opening date promised last week on its web site. In fact, it's serving as of today in its new location at 14805 West 64th Avenue in Arvada.

  • Calendar

    June 11, 2009

    Three's Company

    The Arvada Center hosts three fantastic artists for its summer shows.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    So long to the old 3 Sons

    3 Sons has closed its original location at 2915 West 44th Avenue, in anticipation of a May move to 14805 West 64th Avenue in Arvada. Susan and Michael Scarafiotti bought the venerable old Italian joint in March 2004 -- which means they weren't responsible for the place back when Jason Sheehan first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    The Arvada Tavern is back in business

    The building at 5707 Wadsworth Boulevard that houses the Arvada Tavern started out as a blacksmith shop, then got Arvada's first beer license after Prohibition, opening as the Dutch Inn in 1933, then turning into the Arvada Tavern. But by last year, the watering hole had gotten a little too down an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    No beach, but at least Arvada has Restaurant Blu and C-Level

    Since last May, Chef Bruce David Mcginty has been running an interesting operation out in Arvada. Restaurant Blu and C-Level are attached restaurants, located in a waterfront building overlooking Hidden Lake. Restaurant Blu is more of a fine-dining place, while C-Level bills itself as 'Arvada's onl ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 15, 2009

    One for the Road

    The Arvada Center hosts a final yippie-ai-o-ki-yay with the cowboy poets.

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    Arvada Grill is gone

    The Arvada Grill at 5801 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard in Arvada has closed its doors."Thank you to all who joined us!" is the only message offered on the restaurant's website, And the website of the parent company, the Fortis Group at, no longer lists the Arvada ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Today's Night & Day featured event: Shop, don't drop, in Olde Town Arvada

    An old German tradition, the lagniappe (pronounced lawn-yahp) offers merchants an opportunity to show appreciation for their customers, both loyal and brand-new, by opening their doors for a snow-kissed evening stroll. In other words, it's a tradition tailor-made for the already cozy boutiques of Ol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    Conspiracy Assassin calling it a day

    Conspiracy Assassin, who's currently in the midst of putting the finishing touches on a new EP, has announced plans for its CD release/farewell show. That's right: The band is planning to call it a day after its show on Saturday, November 15 at Arvada's 12 Volt Tavern, which means its newest release ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 18, 2008

    Westword Spiral Podcast: the Archive

    This week on the Spiral, your intrepid hosts saunter off to the hinterlands of Arvada to sit down with the Archive. There they played with a stolen keytar and listened to Fat Guy's pearls of sagely wisdom. WARNING: This podcast may not be suitable for sensitive listeners as it starts off with a cov ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 6, 2007

    Holiday Rush

    Restaurants unwrap a few surprises.

  • Goods & Services

    March 25, 2004

    Best Salvation With Libations

    Church at the Bar, D Note

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2003
  • News

    September 4, 2003

    Community Watch

    Excel Academy charter school wants a home, but neighbors say not on their range.

  • People & Places

    April 4, 2002

    Best Cop Museum

    Arvada Police Department

  • Calendar

    June 7, 2001

    Arvada's Milestone

    The Arvada Center celebrates its 25th anniversary.

  • News

    September 28, 2000

    Chain Reaction

    The Cold War has ended, but the fight over where to put a Rocky Flats museum has just begun.

  • News

    August 10, 2000

    Forbidden Fruit

    Arvada wants to bite off a chunk of Rocky Flats.

  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000

    Best pâtisserie

    La Pâtisserie Française

  • News

    September 9, 1999

    Back in Black

    The goth culture is in for a dark time at Arvada West High School.

  • News

    June 14, 1995



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