Just around the corner from lavish CY Steak in the Diamond Cabaret -- which to my relief and chagrin, does not offer a happy hour -- is Cliff Young and his son Zachary's other concept, Bar Red. Until recently known as BaRed, the restaurant revamped its menu and changed its focus to classic-ish Itali ... More >>
We all know the drill: get in line, read the big menu board, shuffle along the counter pointing at toppings and condiments, pay at the end and grab our food. Or maybe we just pick from lists of ingredients or lunch styles -- the wrap, the bowl, the sandwich -- and take a number to a table until a c ... More >>
Golden Moon Distillery is hosting an open house this weekend, offering provide guests samples of its hand-crafted herb liquors made in the same artisan fashion that originated in the mid-to-late 1800s. Although deeply rooted in traditional, old-school booze, these distillers are hip to the cocktail- ... More >>
Customers are very fortunate to have fast-food chains that offer adequate -- if not 100 percent nutritious or gourmet -- breakfast menus for those days when flipping pancakes or cracking eggs at home isn't time-efficient. And fast-food patrons are also fortunate that not every chain offers breakfast ... 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 >>
The long, strange trip of Quiznos, a homegrown chain, took another turn yesterday when Avenue Capital Group, a New York hedge fund, took controlling interest in the company. Reports the Wall Street Journal, "The deal, approved by all Quiznos creditors, keeps the chain, known for toasted subs, out of ... More >>
Quiznos, a national sandwich chain, whose corporate headquarters (and one of its dwindling sub shops) are located at 1001 17th Street, is about to get some stiff competition when Udi's Bread Cafe, bread baron Udi Bar-on's tribute to loaves, opens directly behind the sandwich chain early next year.
New logo.When the former Quiznos Pro Challenge changed its name to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, it didn't sever ties with Lance Armstrong, who joined then-Governor Bill Ritter to announce the race last August. But that doesn't mean Armstrong will very involved, if at all.
Organizers for the seven-day cycling race formerly promoted as the Quiznos Pro Challenge announced big news yesterday: They've rebranded as the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and inked a major broadcast deal for 23 hours of race coverage on Versus August 22-28 and two hours of live coverage on NBC ... More >>
The Denver-bred Quiznos chain is an odd duck. While its toasted sandwiches are now sold coast to coast, it's courted controversy because of its franchise practices. And its commercials, while memorable, are pretty damn strange, whether it's singing mutant hamsters, sexualized talking ovens or ... More >>
Things have gone, uh, smashingly for Denver-based Smashburger since it first opened on Colorado Boulevard back in 2007, serving American classics that have won over many burger-hungry diners. The chain has readily expanded since then, opening close to one hundred additional outposts from se ... More >>
Courtesy Denver International AirportWhat's the best grab-and-go option on Concourse B?This week, we're dishing up tips on how to eat at DIA during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. Yesterday, we brought you breakfast spots. Today, we bring you something else. If you're one of the ... More >>
Johnny MolfettaQuizno's is not having the best Friday. Denver Fair Foods showed up at the corporate offices of the Denver-based chain to protest today, calling out the sandwich maker for buying produce from suppliers with unsound labor practices. Denver Fair Foods works in direct partnership ... More >>
Andrew Romanoff.Three more Denver blog posts before the weekend. Colorado Pols has the skinny on Ken Buck crashing Andrew Romanoff's birthday/debt-retirement party. His invite must've gotten lost. Purple Row's Bryan Kilpatrick on the L.A. Dodgers' attempt to win their 438th consecutive seri ... More >>
Earlier this week, Quiznos announced its plans to give its warm shredded lettuce and overt sexual innuendos more global reach. In fact, the Denver-based chain is already shilling its subs in locations as diverse as Bahrain, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
Lance Armstrong and Bill Ritter.There's nothing lamer than a lame duck -- which explains why Governor Bill Ritter tends to get so little attention these days. Today, though, he reminded folks he still exists by hanging with bicycling icon Lance Armstrong during the announcement of the Quiznos ... More >>
Mmmm ... breakfast subs? That's right: Denver-based sub chain Quiznos is now serving up brekkie, including sandwiches, cinnamon rolls and sausage and egg biscuits. But there's a caveat: The new items are available at Quiznos gas station locations only. Sexy! "Building and operating locatio ... More >>
Lori Midson For the past 25 years, Ba Forde has been the matriarch behind Kim Ba, the excellent Vietnamese joint at 2495 South Havana that's been the recipient of numerous Westword Best of Denver awards, including Best Vietnamese Restaurant, a prize it snagged every year between 2005 and 200 ... More >>
There's a promising sign posted at 1555 Blake Street, the future home of H Burger Lounge. Peter Pflum, the restaurateur (he's the former operations manager for Dave Query's Big Red F Restaurant Group and most recently the VP of operations for Quizno's) who came up with the idea of putting a ... More >>
Just got word that H-Burger Lounge is planning to open in the SugarCube Building, at 16th and Blake streets, in early 2010. The restaurant, a local concept from Peter Pflum, the former operations manager for Dave Query's Big Red F Restaurant Group and most recently the VP of operations for Quizno ... More >>
Lori MidsonI suspect most of you could plaster the above photo to your bathroom mirror and stare at it while you shave, brush your teeth, straighten your hair, pluck your eyebrows, and blow your nose -- and even after all that, not have a clue as to what I'm eating or where the above photo was ta ... More >>
So close and yet so far away.Colorado has plenty of homegrown fast-food and fast-casual chains to keep locals happy. There's Chipotle, Qdoba, Smashburger, Einstein Bagels and Quiznos just to name a few. But Coloradoans also love their California fast food, and we've made some gains in the past few ... More >>
What you might have missed on this week's Cafe Society...Just don't call it a gastropub. Jason Sheehan lists his favorite places to belly up to the bar for eats.We were teased with the promise of Tony's Market opening this week, but ultimately denied.Much anticipated Park Burger did open, but ... More >>
While Denver-born restaurant chain Chipotle is getting flak for its new ad campaign's distinct lack of cojones, the marketing for Quiznos Sub Shop, another local restaurant chain done (sorta) good, still shows a lot of balls. Or, to be more accurate in this particular case, a lot of boobs. The Pl ... More >>
"Hey, this burrito is shaped like a really big, fat penis!" Take a bite. Today in Cafe Society: • Quiznos is the sandwich of choice for half-naked playmates. • Eat Here Now! at 910Arts. • Jax puts its fin into the wine game. • Up Close: The Q Worldly Barbecue. • Candy Girls: Sweet Action ... More >>
Last week, I expressed my confusion regarding the Quiznos campaign for its new Toasty Torpedo. Although I still can't get over the peculiar oven-man sexual chemistry, I suppose I can rest a little easier after this relatively ambiguous explanation for the ads from Rebecca Steinfort, chief marketing ... More >>
I am comfortably ensconced in the 18-35 male demographic that so many companies are desperate to grab. And we are relatively easy. Give us something with closeups of food, perverted humor, boobies or LeBron James, and we will mindlessly buy your product.So, I should be enjoying the new ad ... More >>
In case you missed it...Marczyk's is bringing aboard pastry chef John Hinman. Brownies, blondies, whoopie pies and bacon-chocolate chip cookies coming soon. Hawaiian plate lunch comes to Boulder, ruined by hippies. The International Association of Culinary Professionals conference is i ... More >>
The sandwich: Pesto Turkey Torpedo Where to get it: Quiznos What's on it: Turkey, mozzarella, pesto, lettuce, tomato, red wine vinaigrette How much: $4 Let the haters hate. I don't care, because when I eat a sandwich at Quiznos, I like it. Yeah, Quiznos is a massive chain (although a Colorado-ba ... More >>
Let it snow? Let it snow? Let it snow? Today in Cafe Society: • Top Chef Hosea Rosenberg spreads the wealth. • Updated: Other stirring events, now that "Soup for the Soul" is cancelled. • Desperately seeking volunteers for the IACP conference in Denver. • Co-op grocery looking to open in Fi ... More >>
Some fast-food ad campaigns work because they're funny -- like the Taco Bell Chihuahua ads from the early '90s, or the more current examples from Jack-in-the-Box, which invite us to send our respects to the fallen Jack (he was hit by a bus on Super Bowl Sunday). Other ads work because they're creepy ... More >>
It turns out that Quiznos - the carnivorous, Denver-based chain that gave us subs like the 5 Meat Stack and Prime Rib Cheesesteak, with a double-meat option - has been engaged in behind-the-scenes talks for a year with the most notorious veggie lovers of them all: PETA. (I use the term "veggie lover ... More >>
A few days ago, I was a food nomad. Mindlessly searching for sustenance, I wandered along Colorado Boulevard looking for something cheap yet nourishing -- with nourishing almost immediately eliminating most fast-food joints. But not all. The spots that really piqued my 'buds were plac ... More >>
Click it or ticket. Today in Cafe Society: • Tony's Market gets a witness. • Fallout from Aspen's New Year's Eve bomb. • Chipotle salads: The secret is in the sauce. • Root Down joins the brunch bunch. • Class is in session at Bristol Brewery. • Denver-based Quiznos cuts the price on 37 ... More >>
Hungry? Denver-based Quiznos launched a new campaign this week touting lower prices on its tasty toasted subs, including twenty sandwiches under $5. The national ads show three chefs interviewing customers on the street; one features "real reactions" from people when they are told the sandwich they ... More >>
The sandwich is the perfect American food because it appeals to our sense of independence and individuality. You can put anything you want between two pieces of bread -- from peanut butter and bananas like Elvis, to rigatoni and marinara sauce like my college buddy, Patrick. And although the sandwi ... More >>
District Court Judge Wiley Y. Daniel confirmed the merits of a lawsuit against Quiznos in Denver federal court yesterday, in a move plaintiffs’ lawyer Justin Klein is touting as a victory with nationwide implications.
On Monday, Quiznos announced that its executive management team transformation is complete with the appointment of David Deno as President. In a prepared statement, Quiznos CEO Greg Brenneman called Deno the final piece in the company’s strategy to bring in outstanding quick service management. De ... More >>
The sandwich chain is improving, but some franchisees are still hungry for change.
The dust is settling in the dust-up over allegations against Quiznos.
From the week of 5/31/2007
From the week of 5/10/2007
The Toasted Subs Franchisee Association won a victory against Quiznos in Denver’s federal court on Thursday, May 3 – the same day that my feature story about the Denver-based chain hit newsstands. Last November, a Quiznos franchisee in California killed himself in a Quiznos bathroom, leaving a ... More >>
Quiznos ads are fully baked.
Franchise owners thought they'd make a fortune serving the toasted sandwiches created by Quiznos. Instead, they got burned.
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