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Jesse Morreale

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    First Avenue Hotel now a blight, rather than a bright light, on Broadway

    Looks like El Diablo is really gone for good. The restaurant and its sibling, Sketch, held a final bash on May 2, then closed after last call -- right before the city's most recent notice to vacate the First Avenue Hotel was set to take effect on May 3. Earlier today, a crew was out covering the win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    El Diablo, Sketch want you to send them off in style -- tonight!

    Have El Diablo and Sketch reached the end of the line? According to El Diablo's Facebook page, the restaurants will be closing at the end of business tonight: "Please come by and send us off in style!!!" This is the culmination -- maybe -- of a ten-month-long fight with the city, which started with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Rockbar's request for special event cabaret permits denied

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Rockbar files response to recommended denial of liquor-license renewal

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Rockbar liquor license hearing moved to September

    Update below: Jesse Morreale has been spending a lot of time in meetings with the city recently, ever since the First Avenue Hotel, home of El Diablo and Sketch, was red-tagged on July 10. After a hearing before the Board of Appeals last week, he was able to reopen the two restaurants...but he still ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Reader: City's attitute toward restaurant employees is reprehensible

    Three weeks after the city red-tagged the First Avenue Hotel building -- causing the immediate closure of both El Diablo and Sketch -- both restaurants are back in business. For now. After a three-and-a-half hour hearing Monday, the Board of Appeals -- a mayor-appointed committee that considers ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    The Humble Pie Store will open in August in Baker

    There's more going on in Baker than the drama between the city and El Diablo and Sketch, the two restaurants owned by Jesse Morreale that are indefinitely shuttered after the city walloped the building with notice-to-vacate signs, citing safety issues. Just a few blocks way, at 300 Elati Street, T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Protesters gather outside El Diablo and Sketch, but the restaurants remain off limits

    Protesters gathered outside the First Avenue Hotel late yesterday afternoon, waving signs and asking the city to allow Sketch and El Diablo to reopen -- and for employees of those restaurants to start collecting paychecks again. They've also started a petition on the web -- at www.saveeldiabloandsk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Reader: City attacks local businesses, rather than help them

    Two prominent restaurateurs are involved in very public spats with the city. Frank Bonanno, owner of Osteria Marco, among other restaurants, admits he can be a "dick." Especially when fighting the Denver Department of Environmental Health: posting missives on his blog aimed at Danica Lee, the depart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Jesse Morreale's First Avenue Hotel slapped with notice to vacate

    If city officials find a hundred members of a gay men's chorus picnicking in front of City Hall today, they have only themselves to blame. The cast of Von Trapped, a coffee concert at the Buell this morning, were to have lunch at El Diablo -- but that was before the city slapped the First Avenue Hot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    El Diablo and Sketch are closed...for now

    El Diablo does not look like this tonight. There are no crowds. In fact, the restaurant is closed, as is Sketch, its sibling next door. Very early yesterday morning, the city slapped the entire First Avenue Hotel building with notices to vacate the premise -- immediately.

  • Dining

    August 4, 2011
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    August 4, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Hush will put a nightclub in the former Tambien space in Cherry Creek

    Lori Midson​Michael Olsen, who ran the original Hush on Larimer Street, wants to put a new Hush in the subterranean space at 250 Steele Street that Tambien surrendered in September. But Olsen isn't going in alone: He has the support of the Little Pub Company, which owns nineteen joints in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Gourmet truck trend is rolling, but El Mariachi is grounded

    Old-school taco trucks are the new trend.​Gourmet trucks are all the rage right now -- but sadly, El Mariachi is stuck in park. Although loncherias have a long, noble history in Denver, Jesse Morreale and Sean Yontz were the first to get on board the tricked-out truck concept, creating El Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    El Diablo lives up to its name -- even before opening

    The First Avenue Hotel in its original incarnation.​El Diablo may be the most appropriate name ever for a restaurant. Jesse Morreale, who took on the massive project of renovating the old First Avenue Hotel at First and Broadway, turning the front area into a restaurant he named El Diablo (an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Update: More management change at Mezcal

    ​The celebrated Mezcal restaurant, located at 3230 East Colfax Avenue in Denver, announced yesterday that it has appointed Basic Food Group as its new restaurant management company. "We will operate Mezcal with the highest of standards; the reasons people love Mezcal will not change. The staf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Chef and Tell: Sean Yontz of Tambien, Sketch and Mezcal

    Sean Yontz​"Hey, get up, I have something to show you," instructs Sean Yontz as he strides into Sketch, one of the five venues he oversees with business partner Jesse Morreale. And their mini-empire will soon expand to a half-dozen, because Yontz, it turns out, is booting me off my stool to sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    No Big Lots skewer for Sketch

    ​Sketch has a limited menu, but as Jason Sheehan noted in his review, what Jesse Morreale and Sean Yontz (the subject of this week's Chef and Tell) are serving there is choice. Still, when the place opened in March, we couldn't resist suggesting that -- in addition to the exotic cheeses, meats ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 6, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Charlie Master is moving on

    Charle Master will soon be out of Sketch.​Charlie Master -- well-known floorman-about-town and scion of the former Mel's restaurant empire -- is packing it in at Sketch, leaving his gig with Jesse Morreale and Sean Yontz to become the new FOH guy for Goose Sorensen at Solera. "I'm excited abou ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 2, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, May 14 edition

    Open wide... Love bites. Today in Cafe Society: • Zpizza to open z doors in Greenwood Village. • Uncork at Four Mile Historic Park tonight. • Get a job! Jesse Morreale's job fair. • Our Weekly Bread: Jersey Mike's. • Drinking with Pete at Union Station. • The Maker's Mark Mint Julep: D ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 23, 2009
  • Music

    April 2, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, December 10 edition

    It's beginning to feel a lot like blog roundup time. Today in Backbeat Online: • Twelve things every Wu-Tang Clan fan should own. • Mile High Makeout: Dreaming of me. • An extremely entertaining Q&A with Ryan Hendrix of Colourmusic. • Rap Up: Whygee and Sunken State unite for a free EP. • ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008

    Swimming in gluttony at Jax Fish House

    With Sheila Lucero in the kitchen, a meal at Jax goes swimmingly. Once again, I find myself wishing I were a big fat man, one of those renowned, infamous gastronomes of old. I wish I were James Beard, who could put away a dozen oysters, a pound of Gulf shrimp, a whole chicken and maybe a few ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 2, 2008

    Westword Music Showcase, Year One

    Neither I nor most of the other folks who helped put together the first Westword Music Showcase had the slightest clue what we were doing -- not really. It's nothing short of a miracle, then, that the event -- then called the Westword Music Awards Showcase -- has not only survived but thrived, and c ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 20, 2007

    Mezcal

    Morning, noon or night, Mezcal still does things right.

  • Dining

    October 11, 2007

    Gone Fishin'

    Suddenly, Denver’s swimming in seafood restaurants.

  • Dining

    March 22, 2007

    The Daily Dish

    If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

  • Dining

    December 28, 2006

    The Year That Was

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

  • Music

    August 24, 2006

    Rock, Rock 'Til You Drop

    Get ready for Rockbar.

  • Dining

    August 24, 2006

    Booty Call

    Late at night, Sketch looks awfully good.

  • Dining

    June 29, 2006

    Let's Do Some Crimes

    Repo men on the slowest chase since O.J.

  • Dining

    May 25, 2006

    It's a Mall World

    Denver's strip-mall restaurants explore new territories.

  • Dining

    August 25, 2005

    Bite Me

    Bake Off

  • Dining

    September 2, 2004

    Bite Me

    Sean and Heard

  • Music

    February 5, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Nobody in particular knows the trouble these guys have seen.

  • Music

    August 8, 2002

    Backwash

    Still battling Goliath, Nobody in Particular Presents claims a clear victory in court.

  • Music

    December 6, 2001

    Backwash

    Area promoters smile for the camera as the city brokers a deal for Red Rocks future.

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    Taking on the Empire

    A local lawsuit against the world's largest radio/concert firm threatens to expose the dark side of the entertainment business.

  • Music

    January 6, 2000

    Raves for the Raven

    The local punk club spreads its wings, and a local Hooligan says goodbye.

  • Music

    April 15, 1999
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    June 11, 1998
  • Music

    October 16, 1997
  • Music

    October 3, 1996

    The Shed Spread

    This summer's outdoor-concert season was the weakest in years. Doesn't anyone want to hear music outside anymore?

  • Music

    July 4, 1996
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