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Dave Query

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    August 6, 2014

    John Hickenlooper, the "Aw Shucks" Governor, Lives Up to His Title at Jax

    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 >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Dave Query on the end of Q's and the start of Big Red F

    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 >>

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    July 15, 2014

    Zolo Southwestern Grill will be featured at Seasoned Chef class tonight

    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

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    June 22, 2013

    First look: Jax opens in Glendale on Tuesday

    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 >>

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    December 17, 2012

    A fourth Jax Fish House will open in Glendale next spring

    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 >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Exclusive: Dave Query and Big Red F opening a brewery and chicken joint in Lafayette

    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 >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Lola and West End Tavern birthday parties: Tomorrow's a red-letter day for Big Red F

    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 >>

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    April 18, 2012

    James Van Dyk, exec chef of Lucky's Cafe, on the weird people who don't want eggs in their omelets

    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 >>

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    April 5, 2012

    Benefit dinner at Zolo Southwestern Grill

    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 >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Win a three-day culinary sojourn to Boulder, courtesy of Big Red F Restaurant Group

    Lori Midson​There'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 >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Happy reopens in Boulder as the Bitter Bar

    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 >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Zolo Grill's Brett Smith raps on pig, chile and a second Zolo Grill

    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 >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Dave Query, owner of Happy, is a happy man

    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 >>

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    February 19, 2010

    Dave Query and Jason Sheehan, so Happy together

    ​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 >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Staffing Up: More ideas for Mojitos

    ​ 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 >>

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    October 22, 2009
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    October 20, 2009

    It gets worse: A week in Italian food

    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 >>

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    October 16, 2009

    Don't worry. Be Happy

    ​ 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 >>

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    October 12, 2009

    Whiskey, it's what's for breakfast at West End Tavern

    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 >>

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    September 10, 2009

    H Burger has a date with the city

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Chef and Tell: Tyler Wiard of Elway's

    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 >>

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    August 25, 2009

    H-Burger Lounge looks toward an early 2010 debut in the SugarCube Building

    ​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 >>

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    August 19, 2009

    Chef and Tell: Jamey Fader of Lola and Big Red F

    Jamey Fader​I'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 >>

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    June 5, 2009

    The List: Big Operators

    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 >>

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    June 4, 2009
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    June 4, 2009
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    June 2, 2009

    Get Happy at Happy Noodle House

    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 >>

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    February 19, 2009

    Big Red F ventures to Asia, by way of Happy Noodle House

    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 >>

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    January 29, 2009

    Big Red F re-tools at Zolo

    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 >>

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    December 4, 2008

    Oodles of noodles coming to town

    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 >>

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    December 2, 2008

    Good times at Go Fish

        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 >>

  • Dining

    August 9, 2007

    The Next Danny Meyer?

    Punch-drunk in love with Dave Query, Oceanaire...and Duy Pham's next venture.

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    August 9, 2007

    Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace

    Dave Query is not a hack. In fact, he's a genius — and his latest restaurant proves it.

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    August 7, 2007
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    August 7, 2007
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    March 16, 2007
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    March 16, 2007

    First, Do No Harm

    "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 >>

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    December 28, 2006

    The Year That Was

    From a goose chase to a great chase, 2006 was one wild ride.

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    November 24, 2005

    Mex and Match

    Will the real Lola please stand up?

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    October 6, 2005

    Almost Famous

    The man, the legend, the ribs.

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    June 16, 2005

    Second Helping

    Jax Fish House

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    June 16, 2005

    Bite Me

    Tavern Talk

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    June 16, 2005

    Dinner and a Show

    A meal at the West End Tavern is the living end.

  • News

    May 1, 2003

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of May 1, 2003

  • Food & Drink

    March 27, 2003

    Best Seafood Cookbook

    Jax Fish House Book of Fish Dave Query and Jill Zeh Richter

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    November 16, 2000

    It's a Small World

    Tiny and terrific, Emma's is off to a great start.

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