Things you might have missed this week while using the PopTart setting on your toaster... July restaurant closings and openings.Seeing Jason Sheehan in person: Check out this video of a chat he had at the Denver Press Club.Jason asking where the best Rocky Mountain oysters can be found.Sketch losing ... More >>
Charle Master will soon be out of Sketch.Charlie Master -- well-known floorman-about-town and scion of the former Mel's restaurant empire -- is packing it in at Sketch, leaving his gig with Jesse Morreale and Sean Yontz to become the new FOH guy for Goose Sorensen at Solera. "I'm excited abou ... More >>
The Breathe boys.Who's gonna clean up this mess? Today in Backbeat Online: • Q&A with Kyle Evans of Breathe Carolina. • Q&A with Krispy Kream of the Knux. • Tip sheet: Meet Shel, our new favorite band. • A first look at Pictureplane's new video. • MP3 Freeloader: Joy Subtraction. ... More >>
Nancy LevineIt's a jungle out there! Charlie Master in the Sketch booth. The Denver Zoo hosted its twentieth annual Do at the Zoo last night, and Denver's party animals were out in force, sampling tidbits from dozens of restaurants and getting wild! See for yourself on our slideshow.
While Charlie Master is now ensconced at Sketch, his former restaurant, Brix, is slowly settling into history. Although the original Brix space at 3000 East Fillmore Street is again empty (Barron's died within weeks), the second Brix location, downtown at 2200 Market Street, should reopen on Friday ... More >>
When we first visited Sketch, the new wine bar tucked into the old 1st Avenue Hotel at 101 Broadway, we took note of its location facing Big Lots and its bar manager, Charlie Master, who'd injected much-needed humor into Cherry Creek with his white-trash specials at Brix, and immediately suggested t ... More >>
I stopped by Sketch last night, the new wine bar in Jesse Morreale's project at the old First Avenue Hotel at First and Broadway. Technically, it doesn't officially debut until March 20 (and from then on, will be open from 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. seven days a week), but as people wandering around this incre ... More >>
When I talked with Charlie Master over a month ago, he stated rather conclusively that he was getting out of the restaurant business for good once his parents, Mel and Jane Master, sold the last Mel's - whose former home at 1120 East Sixth Avenue is now occupied by Mojitos. (For more on that discuss ... More >>
Join us for a few cups of blog. Today in Cafe Society: • Izakaya Den (pictured) joins the lunch bunch. • What Denver restaurants would you recommend to Food & Wine? • Charlie Master could be getting back in the game. • Candy Girls sink their teeth into Flake and Curly Wurly bars. Today in ... More >>
With Sheila Lucero in the kitchen, a meal at Jax goes swimmingly. Once again, I find myself wishing I were a big fat man, one of those renowned, infamous gastronomes of old. I wish I were James Beard, who could put away a dozen oysters, a pound of Gulf shrimp, a whole chicken and maybe a few ... More >>
Goodnight, Mel's. I got word last night from Charlie Master that the last location of the Master family restaurant empire is finally closing. Mel’s Bistro, at 1120 East Sixth Avenue, has been on the block for some time now, and while many of Denver’s big names were rumored to have looked into ... More >>
As we've reported, the Masters family is looking to unload the space at 1120 East Sixth Avenue, where Mel and Janey Master got their local restaurant start thirty years ago as partners in Dudley's. Since then, the spot has been Chives and Piscos, then Montecito when the Masters took it on again afte ... More >>
Welcome to Mel's. July's heat dried up the outdoor patios, but now that temperatures have cooled off, patios are heating up again. Promising to be among the hottest in town: Mel's Anti-Bistro at 1120 East Sixth Avenue. Charlie Master reports that the new patio opened this week, and it's already a ... More >>
With egg on my face!
The Masters are on the move. Mel’s in Greenwood Village (at 5970 South Holly Street) had a couple of parties (one for friends, and then a knock-down, drag-out staff bash) over the weekend, and is closing today for remodeling. The hostess I talked to last night said that the staff had been told to ... More >>
The Master family is on the move, as outlined here. But before all the changes hit Mel's, there's a goodbye party for Brix, the restaurant that Charlie Master opened five years ago at 3000 East Third Avenue. The party isn't at Brix, though, since Charlie has been out of that for a while and the ven ... More >>
It looks like Mel and Jane Master will be leaving Denver, closing their Southwestern-themed Agave Grill (at 5960 South Holly Street in Greenwood Village), selling a majority interest in Mel’s of Greenwood Village (shown here, and located right next door to Agave) to its general manager and a group ... More >>
Blend your own in Boulder
Another star turn for Ian Kleinman.
Frasca is famous so why is its chef doing an infomercial?
We're midway through Denver Restaurant Week, and reports are coming in. Restaurant Kevin Taylor? Full to capacity. Barolo Grill? Booked solid. Luca d'Italia? Ditto. Owner Frank Bonanno (above) has said that he couldn't find a table for even his mother if she were to wander into Mizuna one nigh ... More >>
Okay, so the rumors have been flying about some big shakeups happening at Mel's in Cherry Creek, and I'm here to tell you that the bad news is true. I just got off the phone with owner Mel Master a few minutes ago, and he told me that Mel's will, in fact, be closing — probably sometime this su ... More >>
Some culinary wishes and dishes for the new year.
Let the music begin!
Divide and conquer at Steak Au Poivre.
All I Need
Chef and Tell
Eyes on the Prize
For the Birds
Here's my prescription for starting the year in fine style.
Let's hear it for the Boy who brought us Brix.
Sean Kelly says goodbye--and takes Aubergine and the Biscuit with him.
Market owner to keep cafe open as a testiment to his brother.
Bleu in the face.