When you travel around the world and devote the majority of your time to eating in restaurants, you take note of what you love, which sometimes turns into a wistfulness of what you wish you had at home: a neighborhood bistro, for example. That's what happened with Mary Nguyen, chef-owner of Olive & ... More >>
The storefront space at 15th and Champa streets that once held Champa Street Liquors, next to Shag Lounge, for many months wore a sign promising that it would become a second location of Beirut Grill. But that restaurant never materialized. And now, two years later, the spot has a brand-new spanking ... More >>
The Black Lips (due Wednesday, April 2nd, at The Bluebird Theater) are the notorious rock and roll band from Atlanta, Georgia who had to flee India for fear of persecution over on stage antics involving band members kissing each other. Their show at the club Heaven in London in September 2008 ended ... More >>
Mecca Grill was a longtime go-to spot for Lebanese food in Denver. Under new owners, it's turning the focus to Morocco. In her review of Mecca Grill, Gretchen Kurtz says that while you'll still find worthy Lebanese dishes there, she's also longing for more Moroccan food -- and other ethnic cooking i ... More >>
When I was growing up, in a town far, far from the coasts, pretty much all cuisines other than Chinese and Mexican were underrepresented, and the few ethnic restaurants that were there could hardly be considered authentic. In Denver today, we slurp pho, gnaw on Korean kalbi, and savor the richness o ... More >>
The Black Lips are heading to Denver April 2 in support their new album Underneath The Rainbow and also a new documentary featuring their 2012 tour of that took them through Egypt, Cypress, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. Watching this rough yet intimate look at what it's like fo ... More >>
Global Goods and Coffee Shop opened this spring in Olde Town Arvada with all the trappings of a coffeehouse -- but with a different goal. Global Goods is run by an international nonprofit organization, Global Refuge, that provides immediate aid where it is needed, without getting tangled up in the b ... More >>
Late last week, on Friday, so many people showed up to the opening of Tarboosh, a new Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurant in an Aurora strip mall, that the kitchen ran out of food by 5:30 p.m. Yesterday, however, when I stopped in for lunch, the quarters were relatively quiet, save for a sma ... More >>
After Ali Baba Grill first opened in Golden, several years ago, two more outposts followed, including one in Englewood and another in Greenwood Village, which is now closed. But the Middle Eastern joint, whose cuisine is rooted in Lebanon, Persia and the Mediterranean, is now back to being a trifect ... More >>
While much of the action on South Pearl Street centers on the 1400 South block -- where Tavern Platt Park will break ground in March, and Izakaya Den will move in May -- there's plenty of activity four blocks south. That's where the original Park Burger expanded last year, Makan Malaysian Cafe open ... More >>
The roots of belly dancing run deep, but also far and wide. Steps and techniques differ in Egypt and Turkey, in Lebanon, Morocco and Algeria. But even with the overwhelming popularity of belly dance in the United States, many of those nuances are lost to modern students. "You don't see that with o ... More >>
When Zinger's, a mishmash of chicken wings, chicken nuggets, chicken sandwiches and green chile that wasn't long for this world, shuttered a few months ago at 2075 South University, the corner strip mall space, which was also a Quizno's at one point, opened itself up to another plea for food in the ... More >>
As a service-industry lifer/professional, I loved Lori Midson's list of the "Ten rudest things things customers do to make servers wish you'd never come to their restaurants." Over the course of my 27-year career in service, I've seen examples of all of her top ten...and more. But what really gets ... More >>
Several big-name local chefs have coveted the new build-out across the pavement from the Waffle Brothers on South Corona Street, just north of Speer Boulevard, but most have skunked off because of their uneasiness in securing a liquor license.
Beirut Grill is opening a second location at 1600 Champa Street, in what was once the home of Champa Street liquors. Although information is sketchy, we know that the menu will be the same as at the original location, 203 West Hampden Avenue: traditional Middle Eastern fare. Look for this Beirut ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, December shows by Beats Antique and Pretty Lights were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Veronica, Vices I Admire, INCA and Hazel Miller all got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local record stores, new and re ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, a show at the Paramount Theatre featuring Puscifer was announced, along with a Kulwicki Twins Foundation benefit at the Bluebird Theater in January being headlined by Mudhoney and The Fluid. On local radio specialty ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Dierks Bentley, Mickey Hart Band and Dirty Nasty were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, The Congress and The Epiloguesall got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Paul Simon, Amos Lee and Matisyahu were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Whiskey Bottles, Petals of Spain and Hot IQsall got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local record stores, new and rec ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Mastodon, Stephen Stills and Trans-Siberian Orchestra were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Saints, Kinetix, the Fluid and Dave Beegle all got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local record s ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows Tech N9ne, Lucinda Williams and Jimmy Buffet were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Monroe Monroe, Air Dubai, Spires and Popcult all got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local record stores, new a ... More >>
In the music industry, leaks seem as inevitable as they are unavoidable these days. Leaks have often forced labels to rush the release of their records months before intended. Such was the case recently with Ninja Tune, the London-based electronic imprint founded by Coldcut and DJ Matt Black, who is ... More >>
Free me.It's fitting that Wednesday night's debate between Colorado cannabis activists has been dubbed "Round One." The event is being advertised as a "lively and friendly" debate -- but if it's as impassioned and fiery as the comments on our marijuana blogs have been, it might be closer to ... More >>
Public-radio funding survived its latest flirtation with elimination at the federal level. But that doesn't mean all problems have been solved according to one reader, who weighed in on a Comment of the Day post from last month in which another commenter suggested that Colorado Public Radio c ... More >>
Drew Milburn.The prospect of an initiative that could ban dispensaries in Colorado Springs frustrates We Grow Colorado's Drew Milburn. After all, he views his business as a public service -- one that can benefit fellow military veterans like him. He's especially eager to reach those who suff ... More >>
Morrissey's new album, Years of Refusal, released last week on Decca, grabbed the top spot on Twist & Shout's top seller list for the week ending February 22. Andrew Bird, M. Ward and Beirut also performed strong while the Fray's latest album dropped from its number one position for the last two ... More >>
Head up to Georgetown for some historic fun.
5.21.07 Edinburgh, Scotland Chief, I wish I could give you a nice tourism round-up from my four-day drive around Scotland, but it's kind of hard to take field notes when you're afraid for your life. Big D established the rules right after him and his son, Little D, scooped me up from the hotel las ... More >>
Former Westword staffer Tony Perez-Giese is now looking for stories around the globe, and will be sending us periodic dispatches. A final weekend in Vegas is just the last in what has proved to be a long string of bad decisions. It is slight comfort to know that I did not have much of a choice in t ... More >>
Joseph Yacteen, arrested in August 2005 after a crime spree that included three attempted car-jackings and a shooting, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder in Denver District Court on July 18. And how did he plead guilty? With "extreme indifference," son! But Yacteen's I-just-don't-give- ... More >>
Before he got in Marc Cohn's face, Joseph Yacteen was on myspace.
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The plan to revive East Colfax: belly dancers, bazouki music, baklava--and blue sidewalks.
ONCE THIS RESTAURANT BATTLED HIPPIES. NOW IT'S THE COUNTER-CULTURE'S LAST STAND.