The nation's television viewers know Clement Park as the stretch of greenery over which hundreds of Columbine High School students fled in the wake of the 1999 attack there. But for residents of the area (including yours truly), Clement today is a center for recreational activity in addition to refl ... More >>
It's not to late to get cookies for Santa. Romano's Macaroni Grill will be giving out free chocolate chip cookies, made in-house, to kids today and tomorrow that they can save for Santa. "Putting out cookies on Christmas Eve is a fun, family holiday tradition, and the Cookies for Santa giveaway is a ... More >>
Mary Voelz Chandler knows her structures. An art and design critic for the Rocky Mountain News until it folded in 2009, Chandler now works directly in the building field, as a communications specialist with G.H. Phipps Construction. She shared her knowledge in 2001's Guide to Denver Architecture; no ... More >>
I drove by Smiley's Laundromat last night and felt one of those annoying sighs cross my chest -- a chest pain caused by the sight of possible improvement to a place that I used to enjoy for its utter sketchiness. Smiley's is closed right now for "remodeling," its windows papered over. Could we be lo ... More >>
Dirk Holmberg Café 180 3315 South Broadway, Englewood 303-761-4510 www.cafe-180.org/home/ Read part one of my interview with Dirk Holmberg, exec chef of Cafe 180. What you'd like to see more of in Denver/Boulder from a culinary standpoint: More Mexican seafood dishes -- that would be a good start ... More >>
Dirk Holmberg Café 180 3315 South Broadway, Englewood 303-761-4510 www.appetitesunite.org This is part one of my interview with Dirk Holmberg, exec chef of Cafe 180. Part two of our interview will run in this space tomorrow. Dirk Holmberg squirms if you call him a chef. "I had always wanted to b ... More >>
Lori MidsonMirch Indian Grill is once again empty.The news of a pair of surprise closures -- the two Mirch Indian Grill restaurants in the south suburbs and Walk-In Burgers in Edgewater-- has readers serving up their own theories. Here's how davebarnes summed up the problems at Walk-in Burger ... More >>
Lori Midson This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Robert Bogart, executive chef of Elway's Downtown. In part one of that interview, which ran yesterday, Bogart raps on strange guest requests, one roof and how he wishes that cooks would get the respect they deserve. Rules of condu ... More >>
Lori MidsonThis is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Mike Adams, the executive chef of Racines. Part two of that interview will run in this space tomorrow. Mike Adams Racines 650 Sherman Street 303-595-0418 www.racinesrestaurant.com "Are you seriously going to write that?" asks Mike ... More >>
Cafe 180, which opened last Friday at 3315 South Broadway, is now serving pizza, soup and salad five days a week at pay-what-you-can prices. The restaurant joins the ranks of SAME Cafe and Comfort Cafe with its commitment to make wholesome, nutritious foods available regardless of a diner's ... More >>
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 >>
The economy has slowed some restaurant projects and killed others, but Brio Tuscan Grille is right on track to open Wednesday, September 2 in the former (and much renovated) Macaroni Grill space at 2500 East First Avenue, in the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Brio is brought to us by the Bri ... More >>
As reported here in March, the Wine Cellar could soon uncork in Highland. This morning, the prospective owners of the joint, which would take over the spot at 2556 15th once occupied by the Red Door shop, are at their liquor-license hearing before the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses right ... More >>
RESTAURANT OPENINGS IN MARCH:My Pizza Peel, 1645 Stout StreetFull Belly, 2779 Iris Street, Boulder Tosh's Cantina, 8101 East Belleview Avenue Hi*Rise, 2162 Larimer StreetArvada Tavern, 5707 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada Barking Goat, 363 Village Square in Castle Rock (former Celtic Crossing) Sketch, ... More >>
We're working hard to stay on top of the restaurant industry news -- a challenging task in these uncertain times. Whenever we hear of restaurants opening or closing, we post it on this blog; now we're going to start summarizing the action at the end of the month. And there's been plenty of action i ... More >>
The Macaroni Grill located at 2500 East First Avenue will be closing after tonight's service. Leasing problems seem to be the issue here -- although it could also be some demented breath of fresh air leading to the right places closing due to the bad economy. An employee I talked to said about 90 ... More >>
Hungry yet? Today in Cafe Society: • Fox restaurants offering crafty deals for winter meals. • Mozart Bar gets ready for Mozart -- or some piano player. • Snarf's sub shop opening on Capitol Hill. • More proof that Democrats will buy anything Obama-related. • Macaroni Grill closing in Che ... More >>
Brio Tuscan Grille will be taking the spot vacated by Macaroni Grill at 2500 East First Avenue in Cherry Creek. The national chain, which already has an outpost at 8441 Park Meadows Center Drive, is completely renovating the location; it's slated to open this fall in the Cherry Creek Shopping C ... More >>
In 1996, Westword published its thirteenth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Yuppie on a Harley (then-senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who posed for a Banana Republic ad) to the Best New Public Art (Mark di Suvero’s still-controversial “Lao Tzu”) ... More >>
I Am Curious, Yellow
Denver's DA candidates take a seat in the docket.
Dinner and a Movie
Louie and Ophelia grapples with mature commitment
Something to Chew On
From the week of October 17, 2002
Out With the Old, In With the New
Two impressive shows highlight a cornucopia of historic regional paintings.
Is the Denver Art Museum looking to expand more than its gallery space?
California Pizza Kitchen makes a compelling argument for quality casual dining.