Fire up! Expect a packed house at 8 a.m. today, when Denver's Independent Audit Committee will be briefed on the "eagerly anticipated audit" of Denver's Medical Marijuana licensing and regulation process. For the audit, the Denver Auditor's Office assessed the policies and practices of the Departmen ... More >>
The state medical marijuana licensing authority received a scolding from auditors in March and then again on Monday, and now it is Denver's turn to get spanked. The city auditor's office released a report this morning to Denver's Independent Audit Committee outlining numerous problems with the city' ... More >>
Later today we'll post our Restaurant Roll Call for May, a compendium of all the openings and closings in town over the past month -- and there have been plenty. But already, June is shaping up to be a very busy time for restaurants. Two new places have dates with the Department of Excise and Lice ... More >>
We've written quite a bit about the demise of Denver's red-sauce joints, the old-school neighborhood restaurants that once formed the nucleus of northwest Denver, or, as some called it, Little Italy. After 66 years as the city's longest family-owned Italian restaurant, Pagliacci's shuttered last yea ... More >>
In early February, Spuntino, the Highland restaurant and dessert palace overseen by betrothed couple John Broening (he's the chef) and Yasmin Lozada-Hissom (she's the pastry chef) will close for a week -- maybe two -- to undergo a major makeover, and when it reopens, guests will not only be treated ... More >>
And the hits just keep coming for Rockbar, the hipster hangout that Jesse Morreale opened six years ago when he bought the All-Inn at 3105 East Colfax Avenue. Last week, the city denied Rockbar's request to renew its hotel and restaurant liquor license, but extended its temporary license until Nove ... More >>
The deadline for comments on the suggested denial of Rockbar's liquor-license renewal -- issued ten days ago by hearing office William Hobbs -- was 5 p.m. today. For In the meantime, Jesse Morreale, the owner of Rockbar, has been busy, with staff and supporters exercising a "three-tiered outreach ... More >>
There's been buzz circulating for months that Justin Cucci, the owner/chef of Linger and Root Down (and, at some point, a second Root Down at DIA), had his clever hands in another project, and now we can confirm exactly what that is: Cucci will open a bar, restaurant and live music venue, currently ... More >>
Balance, a former hair salon at 2412 East Colfax Avenue, has fallen by the wayside, but the space, the interior of which is bright purple and psychedelic green (at least for now), has been snapped by Maxwell Hopewell-Arizmendi and Yukihiko Koyama, who plan to open Cafe Max.
The United Artists mega-movie house and Dave & Buster's, both anchor tenants at Colorado Center, the sprawling development at I-25 and South Colorado Boulevard, are getting a neighboring waterhole and restaurant.
An old pool hall on Sheridan Boulevard at Mississippi is showing signs of new life: Construction is under way at this colorful, decrepit arcade, and a sign posted in the window -- plus a liquor license application -- indicates the address is becoming El Flamingo Billar. Details are sparse, although ... More >>
Joe Vostrejs and his Larimer Associates partners traversed across the country to check out America's beer gardens before they came back to Denver to build their own -- and what they found, admits Vostrejs, was surprising.
Earlier this year, Michael Olsen tried to open another version of Hush, the nightclub he used to have in the Larimer Square spot now occupied by Wicked Garden. He was met with some opposition from Cherry Creek residents, who opposed his plans to put a dance club in the basement of 250 Steele ... More >>
Earlier this year, Michael Olsen tried to open another version of Hush, the nightclub he used to have in the Larimer Square spot now occupied by Wicked Garden, but Cherry Creek residents lined up in opposition to his plans to put a club in the basement of 250 Steele Street. But Olsen isn't giving ... More >>
Vietnam Grill has been slinging pho and spring rolls from its Federal Boulevard strip mall spot for a few years, but now the eatery is hoping to add alcoholic pairings to the menu. The restaurant just applied for its liquor license, and if all goes according to plan, it'll add beer, wine and ... More >>
Lori MidsonBrown Dog Pizza, an outfit out of Telluride, wants to put a pizzeria into a former auto-repair shop at 1001 South Gaylord Street -- and supporters and opponents alike have their engines running for today's liquor-license hearing. It's set for 6 p.m. at the Wellington E. Webb Munic ... More >>
Lori MidsonA year ago this month, when I first spoke with Dennis Krieger, the owner of Zingers, a small-mall joint near the University of Denver that pushes chicken wings in a gazillion guises, along with chicken nuggets in a bag, chicken salad and a whole coop of other college-appropriate g ... More >>
Lori MidsonWild Eggs, a Louisville, Kentucky-based mini-chain, is taking over a section of the square footage at 300 East Alameda Avenue, a space that most recently housed a Blockbuster Video -- and it's applying for a liquor license, because it sucks to eat eggs Benny without backing it up ... More >>
Gordo Loco's counter is sturdy enough to hold the five-pound El Diablo.Gordo Loco is fast gaining a reputation for its fast, filling 98-cent breakfast burrito, which it starts making at 6 a.m. every morning. But Gordo Loco offers many other burritos, including the monstrous El Diablo that was ... More >>
Sign of the times: Liquor-license hearing notice for 250 Steele Street.Restaurants have a tough time making a go of basement space, and the 250 Steele Street address has been a particularly black hole. Although Bistro Adde Brewster had a long run there, the spot has since swallowed up French ... More >>
A revised version of a proposed Denver city ordinance that, according to attorney Warren Edson, would have closed 137 of Denver's 150 medical marijuana grow operations, and potentially dispensaries associated with them, passed through Denver City Council's Special Issues Committee this aftern ... More >>
The owners of a proposed craft-beer bar along Seventh Avenue's restaurant row were shocked earlier this month when a hearing officer for the city of Denver's excise and license division suggested that their liquor license request be denied. "There was no public opposition from nearby restaur ... More >>
Colorado Senator Chris Romer, who's making a run for mayor now that Hick is the new guv, seems to be making cupcakes -- notably those from the Denver Cupcake Trucks -- one of his top priorities. Last week, we reported that Romer had splashed his official website with a plea to sign a petition ... More >>
The Highland Pasquini's has become a neighborhood hangout. The Highland branch of Pasquini's, at 2400 West 32nd Avenue, is going for a cabaret license so that it can offer live music at the restaurant, which has become quite the hipster hangout as well as a major pizza purveyor. The hearing is at 9 ... More >>
Soon the lines will be forming outside of Snooze, the popular breakfast spot in the Ballpark neighborhood. So popular, in fact, that owner Jon Schlegel decided to create a second Snooze. "I'd say that we're screening a lot of places right now," he told me a couple of months ago. He finally set ... More >>
Steve Meyer wants to sell pedicabs to the world — but is the world willing to go along for the ride?
From the week of August 24, 2005
More lofty ambitions from Scottie Ewing.
Give this guy the bum's rush.
Out of the Box
ProTAXI could spell relief for Denver cabbies.
Itís a jungle out there when youíre trying to open up a new club.
The doggie daycare business is growing -- and growling over one competitor.
The Skylark Lounge gets a green light on its move to a new nest.
Scott Campbell moves down the road and away from the 15th Street Tavern.
The camera doesn't lie -- but every picture tells more than one story.
The City of Denver prepares to vote on a bill that affects all ages.
The Denver music community unites, while Together Productionís rave efforts fall apart.
Denver clubs face a fight for the ages.
LoDo's only hip-hop club was hot. Too hot for the neighbors, who put a stop to F-Stop.
Neighbors have reservations about a rowdy hotel bar.
Male strippers are the latest victims in the city's war on crack.
U.S. Mission supports a network of professional beggars who go door-to-door to pay their rent.
A pioneering urban couple battles to keep LoDo livable.
Even before he banged into a parked car, the mayor's stepson left an impression on others.