Long before there was a renovated Union Station with its fancy Terminal Bar, even long before Lower Downtown was nicknamed LoDo, the area had a Terminal Bar. It was a down-and-dirty workingman's joint, named for both the nearby Union Station and the long-gone Terminal Annex Post Office; three happy ... More >>
As gubernatorial activities go, John Hickenlooper's mission last night was only slightly less hazardous than negotiating an election-year truce with various fracking contingents. Both involved scary liquids, but in this case one far more delicious than the fracking fluid that Hickenlooper once bragg ... More >>
Q's Restaurant in the Hotel Boulderado closed last week; it's turning into Spruce. To understand that name, you need only look outside the circa 1909 hotel, which is located at Spruce and 13th streets in Boulder. The explanation of the name that's being abandoned is a little more complicated: Those ... More >>
As part of the Seasoned Chef Cooking School Denver/Boulder's Best Chef Series, the school will be hosting "Zolo Grill Favorites" tonight. See also: 100 Favorite Dishes: Gazpacho verde from Zolo Grill
Ask Dave Query what excites him most about the new Jax-Glendale, which opens for dinner on Tuesday in the City Set project at Cherry Creek Drive and Colorado Boulevard, and his answers might surprise you: a dumb waiter, a fish file and a floor urinal in the men's bathroom -- not necessarily in that ... More >>
Last Friday, we broke the news that Dave Query, the mastermind behind Big Red F, the Boulder-based restaurant group that already lays claim to eight restaurants in Boulder, Denver and Fort Collins, is adding a new chicken joint and brewery to his repertoire next year, this one in Lafayette. But the ... More >>
For the past several weeks, the brass from Big Red F -- owner and chef Dave Query, culinary director Jamey Fader and Brett Smith, the current exec chef of Zolo Grill -- have been on a chicken crawl, traversing the country in search of America's best fried chicken and rotisserie chicken. It's all par ... More >>
Dave Query's Big Red F group will have a red-letter day tomorrow when it celebrates the birthdays of two of its restaurants: the tenth birthday of Lola, a concept that Query and crew created with chef Jamey Fader, and the 25th birthday of West End Tavern, which Big Red F took over after the death ... More >>
James Van Dyk Lucky's Cafe 3980 Broadway, Boulder 303-444-5007 This is part one of my chat with James Van Dyk, exec chef of Lucky's Cafe in Boulder. Part two of our interview will run in this space tomorrow. Back in the '60s, when James Van Dyk was growing up on the East Coast with a single worki ... More >>
Zolo Southwestern Grill, 2525 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, will host a dinner tonight that benefits the Autism Society of Boulder County. Guest chefs include Dave Query and Mark Monette from the Flagstaff House, John Platt from Q's, Riff's, Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg and Jen Bush of Bitter Bar. ... More >>
Lori MidsonThere's a reason why Dave Query, the brains behind the Boulder-based Big Red F Restaurant Group, generates so much respect: The restaurateur, who owns West End Tavern, Zolo Grill, Lola, Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace, Bitter Bar and three Jax Fish locations is, quite si ... More >>
Lucy SchaefferSugar queen Jenn Bush is spearheading the sweets selection at Bitter Bar in Boulder. Dave Query, the founder of Big Red F, the Boulder-based restaurant group that encompasses the West End Tavern, Zolo Southwestern Grill, Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace, a trio of Jax F ... More >>
Lori Midson Brett Smith Zolo Grill 2525 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder 303-449-0444 www.zologrill.com This is part one of my interview with Brett Smith, the executive chef of Zolo Grill. Part two of my chat with Smith will run in this space tomorrow. "I know it's probably overkill, but we just ... More >>
Mark MangerA happy Melissa Harrison back when she was at Happy, Dave Query's restaurant in Boulder.Dave Query, the man behind the Big Red F restaurant group -- including the Jax Fish House outposts in Denver and Boulder (and, soon, Fort Collins), Lola, West End Tavern, Centro and, most releva ... More >>
Monday was a happy day at Happy, the noodle house at 835 Walnut Street in Boulder that Dave Query's Big Red F group opened a year ago as Happy Noodle House. Over the months, Query and company have made a number of adjustments at the restaurant -- starting but not ending with the name -- and ... More >>
Both readers and restaurateurs had a lot of suggestions for what to do with the former home of Mojitos -- which isn't surprising, considering that this spot at 1120 East Sixth Avenue is a good location just begging for a good operator to go into it. And while I've already reported the new ... More >>
Mark MangerThe patio at Mark & Isabella is empty for a reason -- and it's not the cold. Of all the entrees, only one was even vaguely edible: a piece of swordfish, nicely cooked, napped with a chive crème fraiche - and mounted on a ratatouille that was like mush and bled oil like it'd been k ... More >>
What's in a name? Apparently, not that much. Because while Big Red F honcho Dave Query has dropped the "Noodle House" portion of his Happy Noodle House restaurant's name, the menu hasn't changed a bit. Okay, maybe it's changed a bit since I was there last. But then, it'd already changed a ... More >>
Yeah, that's it... Right there at the bottom I love breakfast. It is, indisputably, one of my six favorite meals of the day. But I've always had a problem with breakfast, too: It generally doesn't come with enough alcohol. Oh, sure. There are bloody Marys. The beautiful people have their m ... More >>
There's a promising sign posted at 1555 Blake Street, the future home of H Burger Lounge. Peter Pflum, the restaurateur (he's the former operations manager for Dave Query's Big Red F Restaurant Group and most recently the VP of operations for Quizno's) who came up with the idea of putting a ... More >>
Lori Midson"I got my ass kicked, but man, did I learn a lot," recalls Tyler Wiard, talking about the early '90s and his days as a line cook for Dave Query and John Platt at Q's Restaurant in the Hotel Boulderado. He must have been up to the task, because Query pulled him off that line and int ... More >>
Just got word that H-Burger Lounge is planning to open in the SugarCube Building, at 16th and Blake streets, in early 2010. The restaurant, a local concept from Peter Pflum, the former operations manager for Dave Query's Big Red F Restaurant Group and most recently the VP of operations for Quizno ... More >>
Jamey FaderI've kept company at the bar with Jamey Fader more times than I can count, laughing as he tells me stories about the hippies camped out in their caravans just outside Lola during the DNC, simultaneously shaking and nodding my head while he divulges his latest - and usually crazy - ... More >>
Rough week for Big Red F. I wasn't all tht happy with Happy Noodle House; wasn't cuckoo for the Cocoa Puffs at Centro. But that doesn't mean I don't like some of Dave Query's other restaurants. Matter of fact, he runs two other joints that are among my favorites in the city.Which leads me to this we ... More >>
Adding something extra at Happy Noodle House.The noodle bar is big business these days. In Manhattan, David Chang has elevated the simple, neighborhood noodle bar to celebrity status (and turned himself into a minor rock star in the process) with his Momofuku brand. In Denver, we've got one of the o ... More >>
I walked into Happy Noodle House at 835 Walnut Street in Boulder, looking for a little happy-hour joy. And I found it. Another one of Dave Query's Big Red F Restaurant Group places, the noodle house has a clean, modern feel, with communal tables, warm hand towels, trays of condiments and dim lightin ... More >>
Word just came down that Dave Query -- right in the middle getting his new noodle house project, Happy Noodle House, up and running in Boulder -- has brought some new blood into the kitchen at Zolo Grill, his least press-pimped address, at 2525 Arapahoe Avenue in The Republic. Actually, I guess that ... More >>
In Bite Me this week, I talk about a couple of noodle joints coming to town -- Bones and Happy Noodle House -- and a New Yorker piece that helped fuel the fad. But Frank Bonanno and Dave Query aren't the only local restaurant empire-builders getting in on this act. The Jet Entertainment Gr ... More >>
The space is simple, almost iconic Japantown nouvelle, with wood and steel and stone all polished to a high and gleaming gloss, mismatched walls in shades of lime and mustard, one of those trickling fountain things and abstract sculptures of fish on the walls done in shiny, candy-co ... More >>
Punch-drunk in love with Dave Query, Oceanaire...and Duy Pham's next venture.
Dave Query is not a hack. In fact, he's a genius and his latest restaurant proves it.
"Look, Rhumba was never a restaurant that I was fully, culinarily happy with." That's Dave Query telling me this. Dave Query, owner of the now defunct Rhumba (above), of the very much funct Lola and Jax and West End Tavern and Zolo Grill. Dave Query, who I took to task years ago for what I saw as ... More >>
From a goose chase to a great chase, 2006 was one wild ride.
Will the real Lola please stand up?
The man, the legend, the ribs.
Jax Fish House
A meal at the West End Tavern is the living end.
From the week of May 1, 2003
Jax Fish House Book of Fish Dave Query and Jill Zeh Richter