Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it...and repeat it.
On Sunday, a car crash outside of Gaetano's sent a minivan spinning off West 38th Avenue up to the restaurant's front door, and pushed a Ford Probe right through the patio on Tejon Street into one of the nice, new plate-glass win ... More >>
In the Christmastime classic, It's a Wonderful Life, Jimmy Stewart, as George Bailey, gets a taste of what the world would be like if he had never been born. It's not a pretty picture, and it reminds Bailey, and the audience, of the joy he created. The Wynkoop Brewing Company, founded in 1988, has c ... More >>
"Here's the thing," confides veteran journalist Dick Kreck, "the family is not crazy about the new Gaetano's." One family's opinion of this Italian institution might not matter, but we're not talking just any family, here. We're talking The Family, as in descendants of the Smaldones who founded the ... More >>
The Wynkoop Brewing Company is Colorado's oldest brewpub. But it almost wasn't.
In the spring of 1988, John Hickenlooper and his business partners took out an ad in a homebrewer publication promising the public that "Colorado's first brewpub," as they were calling it, would open for business on Aug ... More >>
At tonight's inaugural Pen and Sword open house at the Denver Press Club, a turn-of-the-century treasure at 1330 Glenarm Place, thirteen club member-authors will offer "the stories behind the books" from 6 to 9 p.m. But the stories, and the night, won't end there. Stories rarely end that neatly.
General Larimer.Yesterday, the American Planning Association officially named LoDo as one of its 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2010 -- even if the Washington, D.C.- and Chicago-based nonprofit has a rather unusual view of the history of that neighborhood: "Founded by General William Larimer, Jr. ... More >>
Dick Kreck will be reading from his book Smaldone: The Untold Story of an American Crime Family tonight at the Tattered Cover in LoDo, with Chuck and Gene, the sons of Clyde Smaldone, on hand to answer questions about their infamous relatives.
But for a real taste of what the Smaldone family meant ... More >>
An historic event: Dick Kreck signing books at Phil's Place.Phil's Place, a watering hole at 3463 Larimer Street, was the unlikely setting Sunday for a book-signing event by Dick Kreck, the former Denver Post scribe who's the author of Smaldone: The Untold Story of an American Crime Family. After al ... More >>
Dick Kreck is no longer a staffer at the Denver Post, as he makes clear in a voicemail introduction still lingering in the Post system: In the message, he explains that he accepted a buyout offer circa June 2007 and won't be in the office again -- "ever." Nonetheless, he continues to wr ... More >>
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It's good to be the judge, and I should know since I spent Saturday afternoon dressed in a black robe and a wig, drinking beer and making history -- beer-drinking history.
The event was the thirteenth annual Beerdrinker of the Year ... More >>
I dropped by Gaetano's last night for a Tasty Treat (a sausage and green chili strips baked in a pizza crust) and a taste of history. Wynkoop Holdings bought this classic joint back in 2005, taking over a restaurant that started as Ralph and Mamie Smaldone's Tejon Street Cafe back in 1934, then mov ... More >>
An image from the Rocky Mountain News' online version of its Denver@150 section.
Today, the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post feature special sections honoring Denver's 150th birthday -- and they're not merely clones of each other. Indeed, both have qualities that recommend them, with the ... More >>