Another Modmarket opened yesterday, this one in Longmont right next to Lucky's. And that's just the start of the action we'll see next year from this Denver-based group, named a "Hot Concept" by Nation's Restaurant News in 2013. See also: Modmarket to open at Denver International Airport
Bad Daddy's Burger Bar is coming to Cherry Creek, moving into the former home of Tony P's, at 240 Milwaukee Street. Tony Pasquini had originally opened his restaurant there in early 2012 as Pasquini's, then changed the name because of a family dispute. This summer he closed the Cherry Creek spot alt ... More >>
It was just two years ago that Frank's Kitchen opened its doors. The regular e-mail that Dina Berta, a longtime restaurant reporter, and her contractor-turned-chef husband, Frank, sent out last week was full of plans for the future after a successful car show. They were talking about doing more even ... More >>
Even as Coors Field was filling up last Friday, fans were learning Ballpark neighborhood mainstay Snooze would no longer support the city's May 2012 ban on camping because it hadn't helped the homeless community. Snooze had initially supported that proposal -- a stance that inspired Occupy Denver to ... More >>
Even as Coors Field was filling up last Friday, fans were learning Ballpark neighborhood mainstay Snooze would no longer support the city's May 2012 ban on camping because it hasn't helped the homeless community. Snooze had initially supported that proposal -- a stance that inspired Occupy Denver ... More >>
I have yet to find my go-to Chinese restaurant, chain or otherwise, in Denver. And not from lack of trying. I have favorite Japanese/sushi, Vietnamese and Thai spots all over town, but the best I have scrounged up for moderately priced, decent Chinese is effin Panda Express. And yes, I'm fully aware ... More >>
Mainstream American diners are in love -- or at least extreme lust -- with homegrown Colorado chains. And two of them -- Garbanzo and Snooze -- just made the Nation's Restaurant News list of top "breakout brands" for 2013. See also: -The falafel truth at Garbanzo -Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill: Hai ... More >>
Pies used to be seen as the either the coup de grace on Thanksgiving or snarky protesters' tool of choice. (Remember when Ann Coulter, Ralph Nader and Jeff Skilling, former president of Enron, were all pied?) Then in 2011 the lattice-topped treat hit the big time, and Nation's Restaurant News declar ... More >>
Former local boy Steele Platt has made very, very good: Darden Restaurants -- an Orlando-based company that operates Olive Garden and Red Lobster, among other chains -- announced today that it has agreed to buy Yard House USA Inc. for $585 million -- cash, according to Nation's Restaurant News. The ... More >>
It's been a year since Frank and Dina Berta, who once wrote for Nation's Restaurant News, opened Frank's Kitchen in the Whittier neighborhood, and they've spent the past twelve months building a joint that, with its homey interior and eclectic menu filled with comfort food, feels like it could have ... More >>
Mark MangerDina Berta traded the write stuff for the right stuff.When Dina Berta made the jump from writing about restaurants to running a restaurant, she had one insight that helped prepare her for the road ahead: "I knew a little about the industry, and I knew it was a lot of work, but also ... More >>
Mark MangerFrank and Dina Berta didn't set out to open a restaurant. Instead, they were exploring the idea of a food truck, and searching out locations for a commercial kitchen that would serve as their commissary. But then they found the storefront in the Whittier neighborhood where the Far ... More >>
Frank's Kitchen is now open just west of City Park.Frank and Dina Berta want their new restaurant, Frank's Kitchen, to be the go-to spot for the Whittier neighborhood. "We've gotten a very positive response," says Dina of Frank's, a breakfast and lunch joint that opened May 19. "I think the ... More >>
The original interior of Hart''s Corner, updated for the future.Yesterday's Cafe Society served up news of something old, something new -- both welcome, homegrown developments on the Denver dining scene. After several months of remodeling (and some shaky years before that) Hart's Corner reo ... More >>
Frank Berta was given a diary when he was ten, and his very first entry read: "today we had chicken and it was delicious." That youthful love of food spawned a lifetime interest in cooking. And after years of owning his own contracting business, he's giving up remodeling to take that intere ... More >>
Steve EllsWhen news broke late last year that Chipotle's Steve Ells was drawing up plans for an Asian fast-casual concept, the company refused to divulge much. "We want to leave a little mystery," Chris Arnold, director of public relations for the company, explained. But word's starting to l ... More >>
If there's hardly any beef, then why not go vegan?Taco Bell has been sued by Alabama-based law firm Beasley Allen, which claims the chain was using too little beef in its "beef." And because this country loves meaty litigation, Taco Bell turned around and sued right back, claiming that not on ... More >>
Eating local all for naught?This year, restaurateurs nationwide surprised us by naming gardens, not food trucks, the number one trend in a poll by the National Restaurant Association. That call is testament to how firmly the locavore movement has taken hold, which is further evidenced by the ... More >>
Mark MangerYesterday I was called out of a very important Cafe strategy meeting at the Fainting Goat to take a call from a fellow scribbler, up against a deadline at the Chicago Tribune and looking for a few words about local chain Smashburger. "Tell me," he said, "on a scale of one to ten w ... More >>
Nation's Restaurant News, the bible of the food-industry world, has just named Smashburger, a homegrown burger joint that rated our Best Local Chain in the Best of Denver 2008, a 2009 Hot Concept. "We are both honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award from Nation's Restaurant Ne ... More >>
Scotty "Magic Cyclops" Ramone. Sorry to interrupt you.... Today in Backbeat Online: • Goodbye, Magic Cyclops. Hello, Scotty Ramone. • Rainbow Music Hall now officially only a memory. • Paper Bird in search of intriguing, suitable adjective. • The Fray's not-so-secret dress rehearsal. • M ... More >>
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