The '90s were a big decade for big burritos in Denver. Qdoba was founded here in 1995, the same year that Illegal Pete's got its start in Boulder. That was two years after Steve Ells transformed a former Dolly Madison store by the University of Denver into the first Chipotle Mexican Grill. While I ... More >>
Chipotle Mexican Grill, which got its start with a store near the University of Denver two decades ago, has inspired a lot of discussion this week -- over the gun protest that started in Texas and went national, over the price hike that was rolled out locally. But even with all the meaty topics su ... More >>
From its modest start in an old Dolly Madison ice cream store, Steve Ell's Chipotle Mexican Grill has grown into a very big deal, with over 1,500 stores around the world. And lately it's been making some very big news: Chipotle is being attacked from the outside, as the focus of another gun fight; o ... More >>
Should diners be able to openly carry guns in restaurants? Chipotle Mexican Grill doesn't think so. The chain, founded in Denver by Steve Ells just over two decades ago, is asking customers not to bring firearms into its restaurants. The request follows a recent incident in which open-carry enthusi ... More >>
Despite a market that's as saturated as a sponge, restaurateurs are still going into the pizza business -- and entrepreneurs see no end to the opportunities, as last month's revelation that Chipotle Mexican Grill has partnered with the fast-casual Pizzeria Locale can attest. This makes sense: Pizza ... More >>
In place of a review this week, I'm giving a shout-out to a dozen of the year's most memorable dishes. By themselves, they'll make you hungry. Taken together, they point to larger changes afoot on Denver's restaurant scene. Here's a taste of three of those changes, with more to come later.... See a ... More >>
Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and Bobby Stuckey, founders of Frasca Food and Wine, know the rules of classic pizza-making as well as fine-dining. They've been to Italy several times; their team members went there before they launched the original Pizzeria Locale in Boulder 2011. But they broke one of ... More >>
Chipotle Mexican Grill is participating in National Farmers' Market Week by conducting salsa-making demonstrations, providing scavenger-hunt activity books for kids and encouraging shoppers to buy locally from their community farmers' markets by offering market-goers $10 currency tokens (redeemable ... More >>
Marczyk Fine Foods at 5100 East Colfax Avenue, is celebrating its second year of business with a New England-style clam bake tomorrow from 4 to 7 p.m. For $24.99, party-goers can enjoy a one pound lobster, Massachusetts steamers, an ear of Colorado sweet corn, Colorado rose potatoes, and butter; all ... More >>
Robert Cherenzia learned how to make bagels in New York before hauling his baking secrets to Park City, Utah, where the Detroit native opened his own bagel shop and, he says, "fell in love with the restaurant industry." Years later, he moved to Denver, doing time at Wolfgang Puck Express and Paradis ... More >>
Anthony CameraThe original Chipotle Mexican Grill, at 1644 East Evans. blockquote>Update: In honor of Chipotle Mexican Grill's twentieth anniversary, we asked Cafe Society commenters to recount their favorite Chipotle stories or memories for an opportunity to win a catered party for up to twenty p ... More >>
Christopher Golub is not a Radiohead hater. Golub's Brooklyn-based company Studio Orca curates the music played in Chipotle Mexican Grill, which has over 1,400 locations. In honor of the Colorado-based restaurant chain's twentieth anniversary this weekend, we profiled Golub ("Black Beans, White St ... More >>
There's a land rush under way in the fast-casual industry, with restaurateurs nationwide frantically trying to grab a piece of this fast-growing segment. Just how fast is it growing? According to Technomic, eight of the ten fastest-growing chains in America (with sales of at least $2 million) are of ... More >>
Fast-casual restaurants are taking over the world, one burrito, burger and bowl of pasta at a time, offering customers the convenience of quick-service joints and some of the atmosphere and ingredient quality of sit-down places. And given Colorado's casual lifestyle and entrepreneurial spirit, it's ... More >>
Chipotle Mexican Grill got its start in Denver, in an old Dolly Madison by the University of Denver, where Steve Ells opened his first store in 1993. Originally, the culinary grad thought that store would be the way he financed a fine-dining restaurant. Instead, Ells says, "I guess I found my callin ... More >>
Denver is in a frenzy over both tonight's debate and next week's beer-soaked Great American Beer Festival . And sometimes the two obsessions even come together! To check out all the GABF-inspired events, go to our Great American Beer Festival 2012 Calendar of Awesome, which we're updating regularly ... More >>
Colorado is the birthplace of a number of popular chains, including Noodles & Company, Smashburger and that golden child, Chipotle Mexican Grill; we're definitely ahead of the curve when it comes to the growing fast-casual movement. And also when it comes to the growing group of fast-casual chains ... More >>
U.S. Attorney John Walsh says his seizure-threat letters to medical marijuana dispensaries near schools are intended to protect kids. But in Englewood, it appears that minors are much more likely to get illegal intoxicants from bars, restaurants and liquor stores than MMCs.
Just a month ago Jonathan Gold -- Pulitzer Prize-winning critic at Westword's sister paper, LA Weekly -- heaped praise on Steve Ells, founder and CEO of Chipotle Mexican Grill, the company that got its start at a burrito shop on East Evans Avenue and exploded into a giant international company. Gol ... More >>
J. WohletzChipotle provided free refreshments at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Feed Denver and the Denver Botanic Gardens came together last night to host a screening of Locavore, the first movie in a sustainable food film series aimed at raising awareness of growing lo ... More >>
Might as well jump! Whitewater athletes at the Lyons Outdoor Games will be making the most of peak flow on the South Saint Vrain River as this year's epic mountain snowpack melts like crazy -- don't miss the Adam Barron Memorial South Saint Vrain Creek Race on Saturday at 10 a.m. and the Kay ... More >>
Chipotle Mexican Grill, our homegrown burrito chain, is about to make the big leagues: It will replace Novell in the S&P 500 sometime soon. But amidst last week's celebrations over that milestone came less happy news: The company is now under criminal investigation by the U.S. government, whi ... More >>
Will the real Laura Shunk please stand up?Early this month, Jason Sheehan gave Chipotle Mexican Grill a glowing review in the Seattle Weekly, our partner publication where he now works -- and where the haters haven't stopped rolling their eyes and asking why he'd bother writing about such a u ... More >>
In the wake of this week's announcement that Chipotle Mexican Grill has an Asian fast-casual spot in the works comes a way to score a sweet deal at the original concept. If you have a smartphone, that is.
Lori Midson Jay Spickelmier Japoix 975 Lincoln Street 303-861-2345 www.japoix.com This is part two of this week's Chef and Tell. Read the rest of Lori Midson's interview with Jay Spickelmier, executive chef of Japoix, here. Favorite restaurant in America: Osaki's Sushi & Japanese Cuisin ... More >>
Lori Midson Our favorite table scraps of the week from the Cafe Society blog: 1. Holy hot dog! After more than a year of searching for a freestanding restaurant to augment his fleet of carts, Biker Jim, aka gourmet wiener hustler, finally signed a lease on a build-out space at 2145 Larimer ... More >>
Chipotle Mexican Grill, the big-ass burrito-monger that started in a tiny renovated ice cream shop at 1644 East Evans in 1993 has reached a couple of milestones recently. The first European Chipotle started hawking the goods to Londoners in May, and yesterday, the chain opened its 1,000th ... More >>
Our favorite tables scraps of the week from the Cafe Society blog: 1. The fact that Coors Field made Peta's list of the country's most vegetarian-friendly ballparks, coming in at number five on their annual list, made the rest of us darksiders swear to eat steaks, cheeseburgers, bratwursts a ... More >>
Chipotle Mexican Grill, the ever-expanding Denver-based burrito chain, which just opened its first international store in London, is now upping the ante in the local produce department by committing to use 50 percent of at least one produce item from locally grown sources in its restaurants. ... More >>
Lori Midson Venue chef James Rugile Restaurant and chef semifinalists for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards were released this morning, which gives all the nominees exactly 32 days to chew on their success before the five finalists in each category are announced on Monday, March 22. The ... More >>
As part of its ongoing menu-expansion test in Colorado, all area Chipotle Mexican Grill locations will be giving away free kid's meals on the remaining Sundays in January -- January 10, 17, 24 and 31 -- when parents fork over the dough for a burrito, burrito bowl or full-size salad. "Our k ... More >>
What you may have missed this week on Cafe Society while you were buried in gravy, a slave to stuffing or checking out Sheehan's roundup of Denver's best pub grub, which is exactly what you want after too much tryptophan: Saul Hudson learned that Chipotle Mexican Grill is entering the Lond ... More >>
The July 14 front page of the shrinking Denver Post business section features two stories and a sidebar about pedaling, peddling and combinations thereof. "Gas Prices Crank Up Use of Bikes," the largest of the triumvirate, deals with rising bicycle sales from a national perspective (it's a pick-up f ... More >>
We are gathered here today to mark the passing of one of the oldest Chipotle restaurants in Denver, the location at 13th and Pennsylvania streets. One of the original, 15-20 pre-McDonald's Chipotles, the store opened in 1998, back before the big-burrito chain -- founded in Denver five years earlier ... More >>
I feel the same way about pig roasts that I do my morning run: I like the idea of it, but the execution is rarely so satisfying. My first pig roast happened when I was a senior in high school. As student body vice president, I was charged with turning the hulking porker on a spit set up on the footb ... More >>
Life is a battlefield for Illegal Pete's and Chez Jose.
A judge's ruling beefs things up in the West University neighborhood.
From the week of November 23, 2000
Taking a taco tour of Denver.