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 >>
A new study disparages Colorado for requiring little civics education -- something it ties to a poll showing that young people don't understand voting laws, such as whether a photo ID is required to vote. (It isn't in Colorado.) But the study, done by the Massachusetts-based Center for Information a ... More >>
If Mitt Romney comes back to Colorado before election day on November 6 -- and he will, since this state is still in play -- he has an invitation for a "family meal" with the Aguirres at Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe. But if he accepts this invitation, he can leave the cameras, and the campaign, at th ... More >>
Fresh Nail, Wax and Dry Bar wants to change the business of nails and hair by delivering consistent service, high quality...and alcohol. Fresh is the first nail, wax and dry salon franchise in the country, and it got its start at Aspen Grove in 2010. A Cherry Creek location opened today. Fresh mem ... More >>
Joints keep getting snapped up in LoHi, which Forbes has rated as one of the "hippest hipster neighborhoods" in the country. The most recent takeover: the former Arabian Bar, which has been in business since the '20s at 3360 Navajo Street. It's now being transformed into Barry's@Highlands by Barry Z ... More >>
In the crazed build-up to the presidential debate, I stopped by one of my favorite neighborhood spots for food and fellowship: Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe. Turns out, I missed the news right under my nose. Back at the office, we were reporting that Mitt Romney had lunched at Chipotle -- but at one po ... More >>
An artist who lived in northwest Denver clued me in to the little storefront burrito joint that had just opened in his neighborhood in northwest Denver, a spot decades away from being tagged with the nickname "LoHi" or labeled a "hippest hipster neighborhood" by Forbes. I've been eating at Rosa Lind ... More >>
A hipster neighborhood may have hip restaurants, but hip restaurants do not a hipster neighborhood make. And when Forbes recently included Lower Highland in its list of "America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods," the party as already over, one reader suggests:
For days the discussion has focused on Cherry Creek North, once this town's hottest restaurant neighborhood, which may -- or may not -- be making a comeback. But this morning we're returning to Highland, the area that Forbes just declared one of "America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods," citing many ... More >>
The Sleeper house, the Colorado home made famous by Woody Allen's 1973 film Sleeper, is among our state's most iconic buildings -- and, according to a recent Forbes list, one of America's ugliest mansions. The magazine claims "it's perfect...for aliens" -- but plenty of Coloradans love the place. ... More >>
The Sleeper house, the Colorado mountain home made famous by Woody Allen's 1973 film Sleeper, is among our state's most iconic buildings -- and, according to a recent Forbes list, one of America's ugliest mansions. The magazine claims "it's perfect...for aliens" -- but plenty of us humans love the p ... More >>
Seems like there's a new list ranking cities and states every day, and plenty of them have Denver and/or Colorado at or near the top. In fact, we've ranked so mile high in so many different categories -- from healthiest to drunkest to happiest to most apt to use a condom -- that we've rounded up ten ... More >>
Here's an idea that sounds like a definite smash: Smashburger, the homegrown chain, will introduce its first-ever SmashCart next Tuesday on the 16th Street Mall, one of the first physical signs of the extra effort that the Downtown Denver Partnership is putting into its mall vendor program. Smashbu ... More >>
A former location of the Spicy Pickle.Ask Kevin Morrison why the Spicy Pickle chain went belly up, and the former executive of that company, who now owns Pinche Tacos, doesn't exactly mince words. "When you have people who aren't businesspeople or restaurant people trying to run a restaurant ... More >>
Rod Blagojevich.Last December, we reported about convicted Illinois governor Rod "Blago" Blagojevich's desire to complete his sentence at FCI Englewood, a facility Forbes called one of the best places to serve time a few years back. Now, a U.S. District judge has granted his wish. But is the ... More >>
Rod Blagojevich.Word has it that disgraced but nicely coiffed former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich would like to complete his prison sentence at FCI Englewood, a facility Forbes called one of the best places to serve time a few years back. But ask about its reputation as a country club p ... More >>
Mark MangerWhen Forbes recently released its list of 100 rising star companies in 22 industries, "privately held up-and-comers with compelling business models, strong management teams, notable customers, strategic partners and precious investment capital," exactly one restaurant company made ... More >>
It's not easy to find a good veggie burger when you're off the meat wagon, but thankfully, Smashburger -- a homegrown chain whose burgers have garnered rave reviews since it opened its first location on Colorado Boulevard in 2007, and which was recently listed as a rising-star company in Forb ... More >>
Eat this, In-N-Out.In a repeat of a trip he made with then-governor Bill Owens back in 2003, Governor John Hickenlooper is now winging his way to California. He and new Denver mayor Michael Hancock are officially trying to encourage businesses there to expand to Colorado -- and, unofficially, ... More >>
Phil Anschutz.In his spare time, billionaire Philip Anschutz likes to collect interesting bits of Americana, such as cattle ranches, soccer teams, railroads and media and energy companies. As part of his acquisition of the Oklahoma Publishing Company, he's also picking up the Broadmoor Hotel ... More >>
Fort Collins.Another day, another list on which Colorado finishes in impressive fashion. This time its the Forbes roster of the best places for business, and this square state placed two communities in the top ten: Fort Collins at fifth, Denver at ninth. Here's Forbes' rationale for the stro ... More >>
Billy the Kid (full photo below)The only known photo of Billy the Kid was predicted to sell for $300,000 to $400,000 at the 22nd annual Old West Show & Auction in Denver tonight. But the circa 1879 tintype went for five times that in spirited, and speedy, bidding that ended at $2 million. Tha ... More >>
Mark Contreras.At the February 2009 press conference announcing the closure of the Rocky Mountain News, Mark Contreras, the senior vice president/newspapers for E.W. Scripps, the Rocky's owner, mainly stayed out of the spotlight -- but many soon-to-be-unemployed staffers felt he played a big ... More >>
Grab the Guinness Book of World Records, because we've got a ridiculous tale to tell. Earlier this week, a man in Australia purchased a Led Zeppelin T-shirt for $10,000, making it the largest sum anyone has paid for a vintage band shirt. That doesn't mean there aren't shirts that are valued h ... More >>
Tonight when the clock strikes midnight, you should expect calamity, destruction, and famine to sweep the nation, because word on the street says the government is shutting down. Word to Chicken Little: A bunch of awful things are supposed to happen...we think. They don't pay us the big bucks ... More >>
The most bizarre restaurants in the country include Casa Bonita -- and another Colorado joint. Forbes just published a list of the most bizarre restaurants in America, giving credence to gimmicky places that lure diners with everything from ninjas and spy themes to goats. And of the el ... More >>
Phil AnschutzPhil Anschutz, labeled "one of the most secretive moguls in America" by Forbes, nevertheless was the focus of a major profile in the business magazine recently -- even if the author never got to interview Anschutz himself.
Just in time for the holiday season, Forbes Travel Guide released its annual list of four- and five-star hotels, restaurants and spas, facilitating luxury travel planning around the U.S., Canada and, uh, China. Just 23 restaurants made the five-star cut, and 152 eateries were granted four st ... More >>
Carmelo.Lookit these three Denver blog posts. Denver Stiffs' Andrew Feinstein links to the latest Melo trade rumor -- he'd go to New Jersey, with the Nuggets getting the Nets' Derrick Favors, Utah's Andrei Kirilenko and draft picks aplenty. Interesting, anyhow. 5280's Michael de Yoanna note ... More >>
Phil Anschutz is into movies, and a whole lot more.Qwest, the Denver-based company founded in 1966 by Phil Anschutz, is being acquired by CenturyTel in a deal that involves the swap of $10.6 billion in stock. The impact of this mega-merger on Denver's economy will be the subject of much deba ... More >>
"I'm small, but I'm powerful."So ...I love city and state rankings. I even wrote a whole ode to them once. I'm fully aware that they're complete bullshit, just bait for us desperate blogger-types to suck down and spit out in the form of free publicity for whichever company pulled the alleged ... More >>
Restaurant Kevin TaylorKevin Taylor's eponymous restaurant has attained Denver's first Forbes (formerly Mobil) Travel Guide Four Star rating, making it into the first round of 2010 winners named since the Mobil brand moved to Forbes. The Forbes Travel website describes the insane criteria p ... More >>
The perfect city to get hammered and sign a commercial lease while having protected sex with a very family-friendly (yet manly!) hiker from Colorado Springs. Or something like that.Colorado is a great state for doing business. Did you know that? It's true. CNBC told me so, in its latest busin ... More >>
Ever since I penned a story about Steve Meyer, the guy behind the local rickshaw companies Main Street Pedicabs and Mile High Pedicabs, not to mention one of the leading pedicab gurus anywhere, he's been sending irregular updates on the state of his three-wheeled, pedal-powered industry -- and a r ... More >>
Phil Anschutz. In recent days, Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz has been in the news due to his aborted promotion of a fifty-date Michael Jackson tour -- a reversal that could cost a fortune (although, frankly, Anchutz can afford to take the loss). But Forbes is taking notice of the moneybags for h ... More >>
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