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 >>
Jaedo Ryu has big plans for Bop & Gogi, the fast-casual Korean restaurant that he and his wife opened last fall in Centennial (and I review this week). His goal of opening five locations and ultimately franchising may sound ambitious, but who knows? As Steve Ells likes to say, he didn't set out to b ... 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 >>
National Farmers' Market Week runs through August 11, and Chipotle Mexican Grill, Denver's homegrown success story, is showing its support of local produce by giving the first 250 people to arrive at select farmers' markets a $10 token that can be used at any vendor. The burrito chain will also be g ... More >>
Pete Marczyk Marczyk Fine Foods 770 East 17th Avenue, 303-894-9499 5100 East Colfax Avenue, 303-243-3355 www.marczykfinefoods.com This is part two of my interview with Pete Marczyk; read part one of Pete Marczyk's interview Rules of conduct in your kitchen: Show up; try hard; think; keep making it ... 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 >>
NBC via EaterEven the blessing of Steve Ells, CEO of homegrown, fast-casual mega-chain Chipotle Mexican Grill, wasn't enough to make America's Next Great Restaurant into, well, America's next great restaurant: Soul Daddy, the healthy barbecue concept that nabbed the reality show's grand prize ... 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 >>
As the immigration debate rumbles on in this country, more than one pundit has pointed out that closing our borders could have a devastating effect on our economy, since industries built around labor employ large numbers of workers from foreign nations. This is particularly true of the restau ... 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.
Chipotle's Steve Ells will roll out a fast casual Asian restaurant next yearWhen Steve Ells opened the very first Chipotle Mexican Grill at 1644 East Evans Avenue seventeen years ago, he didn't anticipate it growing into a massive burrito-hawking chain, one that would infiltrate every city in ... More >>
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 >>
Four years ago, in 2006, Tom Coohill, the former Western regional chef and director of culinary standards for Levy Restaurants at the Pepsi Center, left the armpit that some people call Pittsburgh and moved to Denver. "My wife and I had a vision of moving out West -- we're both really outdo ... 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 Great Burrito War of 2009 has begun and, like the foil-wrapped monstrosities on which it is based, it's big, messy and is giving more than few people heartburn. The trouble started when Chipotle Mexican Grill, the burrito restaurant chain born and bred in Denver, unveiled a new "Low Roller" men ... More >>
Life is a battlefield for Illegal Pete's and Chez Jose.
How a local burrito joint wrapped up the nation's fast-casual food market.
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.
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