Qdoba is taking a stand, according to its website. The second-stringer Mexican fast-casual chain is doing a crazy -- except more like business savvy -- new promotion involving free queso dip, which is one of the smartest things any chain could do, ever. Yep, Qdoba is giving up up-charging for extra ... More >>
This weekend is overflowing with food events, including Westword's own DISH, a Broncos season kickoff party at Elway's (where else?) and the Denver Food and Wine grand tasting -- among many other dinners and festivals. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar. See also: Whet You ... More >>
Colorado's 35th Panera Bread Bakery-Cafe is holding a grand opening celebration starting at 6 a.m. tomorrow, and the first 1,000 people to enter the new spot in Northglenn will receive a free Panera Bread coffee tumbler that nets them free brewed coffee refills through June 15. In addition, those ... More >>
World of Beer Cherry Creek celebrated its one-year anniversary at CitySet this past weekend. It was the first restaurant/bar to open in the Glendale project, but far from the last. Although last summer the developers had predicted that "the state's first urban gastronomic urban village" would be fu ... More >>
With Denver Restaurant Week starting tomorrow, there's plenty of activity on the culinary scene. Over 300 restaurants are participating in the tenth annual edition, and reservations are becoming scarce. But even if you can't get into your favorite eatery, there are still other appetizing options aro ... More >>
The current Westword cover story, "Fantasy Island," tells of Glendale's quest to build a riverwalk along Cherry Creek full of restaurants, theaters and bars serving booze in to-go cups. To make this dream project a reality, Glendale officials have made a series of smaller civic improvements -- which ... More >>
Burger King, perpetually stuck in the number-two fast-food burger chain slot, has made a surprising and shrewd move into the delivery business. It first tested the service in a few major cities -- New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. -- and recently expanded its delivery service to Colorado, s ... More >>
There's a land rush under way in the fast-casual industry, with restaurateurs nationwide frantically trying to grab a piece of this fast-growing segment. Just how fast is it growing? According to Technomic, eight of the ten fastest-growing chains in America (with sales of at least $2 million) are of ... More >>
Jaedo Ryu has big plans for Bop & Gogi, the fast-casual Korean restaurant that he and his wife opened last fall in Centennial (and I review this week). His goal of opening five locations and ultimately franchising may sound ambitious, but who knows? As Steve Ells likes to say, he didn't set out to b ... More >>
Anybody suing a fast-food chain is news, especially if the lawsuit is petty, outlandish or an obvious attempt at a cash-grab by people who clearly have some time on their hands. The recent lawsuit filed by two New Jersey males against Subway, based on the assertion that the $5 footlong sandwiches ar ... More >>
Technomic Inc. has released its inaugural list of Chain Restaurant Consumers' Choice Award honorees, winners, chosen from 115 fast-food, fast-casual and full-service restaurants, with the winners selected by consumers. So now for the two pressing questions: What, exactly, is Technomic, and which r ... More >>
The latest link in the Panera Bread chain opens in the Denver West development today at 14740 West Colfax Avenue. Beginning at 6 a.m., the bakery will offer the first 1,000 customers inside the cafe a free Cinnamon Crunch Bagel and a free Panera Bread Coffee Tumbler -- with free refills all month. T ... More >>
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, a Denver-based fast-casual concept, will open its eighteenth location -- the sixteenth in Colorado -- today at 14740 West Colfax Avenue, in the new Denver West project. To celebrate, the restaurant will be giving away prizes and menu items all month long -- check the Fa ... More >>
There are a variety of events on Denver's plate this week, including an excellent lineup of free music at Chipotle's fledgling Cultivate Festival -- a celebration of "food, ideas and music" in City Park this weekend. Here's a taste of the rest of the board:
There's a cornucopia of culinary events this weekend -- from farm celebrations both urban and rural to beer olympics, wine festivals, a toga party and more. Here's a taste of what's on the menu:
When I'm walking into a Panera Bread , it's hard for me to remember that I'm not headed into Starbucks. There's the same wafting aroma of espresso and suburban MILF perfume; the same mellow, snoozy music; and the counter employees are so gleeful I wonder if they've been threatened by tasers.
Business Insider's recent list of the most popular fast-food chains in the U.S. -- put together by food industry research firm Technomic -- served up the fifteen biggest earners in the biz. I've definitely contributed dough to some of these establishments -- but eschewed others in favor of my health ... More >>
Sam Tallent gave up the daily grind four years ago to focus on comedy. A full-time comedian since that jump-off, Tallent co-founded the Fine Gentleman's Club comedy troupe, a group that offers its Too Much Fun show every Wednesday night at the Deer Pile community space above City, O' City. In additi ... More >>
Yesterday, while driving down Hampden, I noticed a sign for a forthcoming Texas Roadhouse, just one of many chains that gang the River Point at Sheridan, a mega-mall sprawl at Hampden and Santa Fe that gives shoppers at Super Target and Costco the opportunity to chow at Chili's, Subway, Panera Bread ... More >>
Close to 300 new restaurants opened in the metro area last year -- and with that much action, perhaps it's not surprising that two of them are named Cebiche, and two of them are named Chinook. But the local dining scene also lost a surprising number of mainstays: the 29-year-old Pearl Street Grill, ... More >>
Unless you were a super early bird, you probably missed this morning's giveaways at Denver's newest Panera Bread. Today, during its grand opening, the cafe gave away "mystery" gift cards -- worth anywhere from $5 to $50 -- to its first 100 customers.
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, which is owned and operated by Denver based Aloon Mor, has signed a deal with Doherty Enterprises to expand its dining concept to the East Coast.
Last week, we reported that Denver's groundbreaking pay-what-you-want SAME Cafe inspired national bakery and cafe chain Panera Bread to get into the non-profit biz itself. Built on the model used by SAME and other community kitchens like Salt Lake City's One World Everybody Eats, Panera ope ... More >>
A Flickr photoA new cafe run by Panera Bread in St. Louis has caught the nation's attention. Why? Hint: It's not because of the bread. The cafe, operating under the name St. Louis Bread Co., is a non-profit -- a pay-what-you can afford non-profit. Ring a bell? Cafe Society readers know tha ... More >>
Lori Midson If Chipotle, Qdoba, Illegal Pete's and Chez Jose aren't enough to satisfy your seam-busting burrito cravings, there's a new contender in town that might. Cafe Rio Mexican Grill, 610 South Colorado Boulevard, which shares the same small mall address as a new Garbanzo Mediterranean ... More >>
Lillian Verdonkschot "Let's just run them over." That's the last thing Shala Parker says she heard from the three strangers in the Burger King parking lot before a green Cadillac DeVille plowed over her mother, 49-year-old Lillian Verdonkschot. Parker, 23, rushed to her mother's side. "Sh ... More >>
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, a Centennial fast-casual concept restaurant with four stores, plans to open a fifth location at the Cherry Creek Hotel, 600 South Colorado Boulevard, according to a sign hanging on a fence in front of the hotel, which is being completely renovated. A Panera Bread ... More >>
From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, Cook Street School of Fine Cooking will offer "Sous Vide 101," taught by mathematician Douglas Baldwin; from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on April 1, Ian Kleinman of O's Steak and Seafood will be at the school to teach "Molecular Gastronomy 101." Each class is $175; ... More >>
Tonight's "Soup for the Soul" has just been cancelled. Twenty local food stalwarts -- Alto, Baur's, Bistro Vendome, Blue Point Bakery, Dazzle, Elway's (Cherry Creek), Fruition, Japon, Lola, Mel's, Oceanaire, the Palm, Panera Bread, Panzano, Pesce Fresco, Rioja, San Lorenzo, Steuben's, Table 6 and Ve ... More >>
Colorado gets its 24th Panera Bread outlet today: in the new Cornerstone shopping center at 6770 South Cornerstart Way in Aurora. And to celebrate, this store -- and this store only -- is rolling out the dough.On Friday, the first 250 customers who make a purchase will get free baguettes and a canva ... More >>
The blogsophere never stops, does it? Today in Backbeat Online: • Ten bands we'd watch on TV. • Reviews of new releases by Bruce Springsteen, Charlie Louvin, John Shannon. • See Slipknot free courtesy of FashioNation. • Rowboat, row me to my shore. • The Fray covers... uh, Kanye West? • ... More >>
Local political writer Ari Armstrong, author of FreeColorado.com and columnist for the Grand Junction Free Press, likes nothing better than to fire up his lowercase libertarian indignation against what he sees as the meddling of big government, abuses of personal liberty and the suppression of free- ... More >>
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This little bake shop gives patrons Full Measures.