Scott Durrah

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    September 24, 2014

    Park House Turns Two With Parking Lot Party, New Menu by Jezebel's Scott Durrah

    Park House made an immediate impression when it opened in late 2012 on Colfax Avenue, making our list of the ten best new bars for that year. Now the little craftsman cottage that features live music, including bluegrass music every Wednesday, is marking its second anniversary this weekend with a pa ... More >>

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    April 15, 2014

    No pot in Civic Center Park at 4/20 rally -- but you can raise a glass in McNichols

    The city wants to make sure that no one lights up at Civic Center Park this weekend, but you will be able to drink -- as long as you're in the McNichols Building. As our Latest Word blog reported yesterday, Miguel Lopez, organizer of the 4/20 rally, submitted a special-permit liquor-sale request to ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013
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    September 24, 2013

    Is this Jezebel's a Southern temptress...or a dog?

    When Scott Durrah and Wanda James were trying to decide what to call their newest concept, a laid-back Southern restaurant and bar, they kept coming back to Jezebel's Jezebel's, the name of their basset hound. They liked it for its "undercurrent of excitement," says James, "whatever that means to yo ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Five best Southern food restaurants in Denver

    Quick -- buy state senator Vicki Marble a copy of Adrian Miller's Soul Food: The Surprising Story of An American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time. In his new book, Denverite Miller, an attorney and politico, tells the history of how soul food evolved, corrects plenty of misconceptions about the cuisine, ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    Photos: Jezebel's finally opens in LoHi

    It was a year in the making, but Jezebel's, a new venture by husband-and-wife team Wanda James and Scott Durrah, along with partner/general manager Scott Perry, opened yesterday in LoHi, in the former home of Squeaky Bean. See also: - Jezebel's will bring Southern comfort to LoHi next month - What ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    Jezebel's opens today in LoHi

    Over a year after Wanda James and Scott Durrah closed 8 Rivers in LoDo and returned to Highland, home of Denver's original 8 Rivers and also the couple's own home, they're finally ready to open Jezebel's in the corner space at 3301 Tejon Street. Those who enter that space will find it expanded from ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    Culinary calendar: Beer, pork, holiday fundraisers and more

    The last of this year's quarterly pig roasts at Oak at Fourteenth takes place this Wednesday, December 5. And a feast at the Boulder restaurant that was our pick for Best Rise from the Ashes in 2012 serves as a pleasant reminder that the new year is upon us. Feel free to share your favorite culinary ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Marijuana: Wanda James on closure of edibles business, MMJ banking, Obama and more

    Simply Pure, one of the local medical marijuana industry's most prominent edibles companies, has suspended operations -- because, says co-owner Wanda James, the inability to get banking services makes doing business untenable at this time. James has plenty to say about this situation, and she also s ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Jezebel's will bring Southern comfort to LoHi next month

    Jezebel's should finally open next month in the original location of the Squeaky Bean, at 3301 Tejon Street, right next to Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe. In fact, Jezebel's is taking over 900 square feet from Rosa Linda's, so that they could put in the "real restaurant kitchen, complete with hood" tha ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    Vail Valley's popular Eat Drink is opening in Denver on Platte Street

    When Pollyanna Forster opened Eat! Drink!, an artisan cheese boutique, charcuterie parlor, chocolate stop and wine shop in Edwards, just outside Vail, in 2004, Valley residents immediately embraced it, and now, Forster is hoping that Denverites will do the same when she unveils a second Eat Drink in ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Reader: Jezebel's deal could cool down hot Highland restaurant scene

    ​The news that Wanda James and Scott Durrah, the owners of the just-shuttered 8 Rivers, will be opening Jezebel's, a new Southern restaurant, in the former home of the Squeaky Bean at 3301 Tejon Street, next to Rosa Linda's Mexican Restaurant, did not inspire the roll-out of the welcome wagon. ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Jezebel's will take over former Squeaky Bean space

    When the Squeaky Bean abruptly left its spot at 3301 Tejon Street in June, it left a hole in fans' hearts -- and also in the hot, hot restaurant neighborhood of Highland. But now the corner space next to Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe has a new tenant: Jezebel's, the next venture by Scott Durrah and Wand ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    8 Rivers will dry up in LoDo this weekend

    Anthony CameraScott Durrah and one of his favorite ingredients.​At the end of service on Saturday, October 29, 8 Rivers Modern Caribbean Restaurant will close the doors for good at 1550 Blake Street, its third location -- but not its last. After opening their first restaurant, the Jamaican C ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Reader: Yelp is a "fake crock!"

    Cassandra KotnickBob Marley watches over 8 Rivers Cafe​Wanda James, who owns 8 Rivers Cafe with her chef/husband, Scott Durrah, isn't the only entrepreneur upset with the Yelp review filter. A couple of other restaurateurs have weighed in on Laura Shunk's story about her campaign against Yelp, ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Yelp fight! 8 Rivers Cafe owner takes on the filter system

    ​Suspicious that Yelp was filtering reviews of 8 Rivers Cafe just because she and her husband, Scott Durrah, didn't advertise, Wanda James took her grievances to the Yelp discussion board. That's where she started a thread called "Yelp is fake and is destroying businesses that don't advertise ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Medical marijuana: Jared Polis stars in National Cannabis Industry Association event (PHOTOS)

    More pics below.​An event last night illustrates the growing power of the medical marijuana biz not just in Colorado, but nationwide. The stars of the show were Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, a new, Washington, D.C.-based lobbying organization, a ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Butane hash has hidden dangers, says edibles maker arguing against controversial solvent

    Bubble hash.​Butane, used as a solvent in making hash, is among the more controversial substances for medical marijuana users. Experts like Westword medical marijuana reviewer William Breathes, believe butane extracts are safe when done properly. But Wanda James, co-owner of the cannabis edibl ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    Wanda James and Scott Durrah have a new edibles company

    ​When Scott Durrah and Wanda James sold their dispensary, Apothecary of Colorado, in July, they talked about opening a medical marijuana edibles company. Six months later, Simply Pure is in business.

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    December 29, 2010

    Medical marijuana records found in alley: Did Apothecary of Colorado throw away forms?

    A still from 9News' report.​In this state, patient medical marijuana records are protected by medical privacy rules and the state constitution. When patients fill out their MMJ applications, it's assumed they will be locked securely away, not even accessible by law enforcement. The last place ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    This weekend: Cooking with cannabis

    Scott Durrah with a favorite ingredient.​Chefs Scott Durrah (8 Rivers), Lauren Gennett and Rachel Wolpo will offer a series of cooking demonstrations for Simply Pure, the Colorado edibles company founded by Durrah and his wife, Wanda James, at KushCon II, which runs today through December 19 a ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    Marijuana USA: Does program mean CNBC stands for Cannabis News & Business Channel?

    ​Maybe you think Westword has gone pot-crazy, but the national network CNBC isn't too far behind. After Marijuana Inc., its 2009 report on the nation's underground weed business, became CNBC's most successful-ever original documentary, the channel quickly produced a second investigation: Marij ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    8 Rivers: Mojiotos, music and munchies, mon!

    ​Happy Place: 8 Rivers, 1550 Blake Street, 303-623-3342 The Hours: Monday through Friday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and all day Sunday The Deals: $3 Red Stripe lager; $3-4 house wines and sangria; $5 well drinks, Appleton rum, and mojitos; $20 mojito pitchers; $5 small plates. What did we think? Fl ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Marijuana dispensary owner & vet Wanda James lauds new PTSD rules, calls for pot rescheduling

    Wanda James.​Why has dispensary owner Wanda James so actively promoted medical marijuana use for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder? One reason: She and husband/partner Scott Durrah both served in the military. So she's thrilled that the Veterans Administration is loosening rules con ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    8 Rivers has a special student for Cooking With Cannabis: NBC

    Scott Durrah with a favorite ingredient.​Every month, Scott Durrah, chef/owner of 8 Rivers at 1550 Blake Street, hosts a Cooking with Cannabis class at the restaurant, which is conveniently located just two blocks from Apothecary of Colorado, the dispensary he and his wife, Wanda James, opened ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    Wanda James's advice to critics of The Daily Show's Denver weed story: "Chill"

    Wanda James gets licked on "The Daily Show."​The Daily Show's send-up of the Denver medical-marijuana scene earlier this week didn't thrill everyone in the MMJ community. Westword marijuana critic William Breathes, in a post about what viewers didn't see, noted reading "blogs and posts from f ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    The Daily Show smokes Denver's pot scene -- and our weed critic

    At last, critic William Breathes as seen in his natural habitat.​The Daily Show's long awaited dissection of Denver's medical marijuana industry finally reached the screen last night, and the results were smokin'. Along with the anticipated ganja gags (a pile of cheeseburgers makes a guest ap ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    William Breathes on what you didn't see in The Daily Show's Denver weed story

    Another look at William Breathes (that's actually editor Patty Calhoun's desk).​For the last few weeks I've been curious as to how The Daily Show would use the three-plus hours of footage they got with me last month. I was paraded around the Westword office in a gas mask bong, got to burn a b ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Marijuana and PTSD: Dispensary owner Wanda James reaches out to vets

    Wanda James knows marijuana helps vets with PTSD.​Efforts to establish post-traumatic stress disorder as a condition treatable by medical marijuana fell short in the Colorado legislature last month. That was fine by the state's health department, which circulated a fact sheet among legislator ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Marijuana TV Sam's Club =

    The ChronicCareConnect discount card.​The medical marijuana industry in Colorado has been booming since at least last year, with plenty of ganjapreneurs coming up with concepts intended to help them grab a piece of the pot profits. But despite the competition, Chad Bardon thinks he has a uniqu ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010
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    January 21, 2010

    Mile Highs and Lows: Apothecary of Colorado

    Apothecary of Colorado occupies suite 420. Of course.​As Colorado's medical-marijuana industry grows, marijuana dispensaries of all types and sizes are proliferating around the state. Some resemble swanky bars or sterile dentist offices; others feel like a dope dealer's college dorm room. To h ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    Pot luck! Creative cooking with cannabis

    Everything's better with cannabis butter​On January 16, 8 Rivers executive chef Scott Durrah and sous Jamie Gulick held the first Creative Cooking With Cannabis class at the modern Caribbean restaurant at 1550 Blake Street. Courtesy Durrah, here are the recipes from that class:

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    January 19, 2010

    Pot and pans at 8 Rivers

    Mark MangerExec chef Scott Durrah knows all about pot luck.​ The first time I cooked pot food was my freshman year in high school. Two friends and I pooled our money, bought a quarter bag of Texas dirt weed and some instant brownie mix, and headed to an adult-free house with an open kitchen. ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    Restaurant workers: This marijuana dispensary feels your pain

    ​As the owners of 8 Rivers, their fourth restaurant, Wanda James and Scott Durrah know the food business. And as the owners of Apothecary of Colorado, the medical marijuana dispensary they opened in December at 1730 Blake Street, just two blocks from their restaurant at 1550 Blake, they know t ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    Tonight: Elvis Dumervil puts those long arms to use at 8 Rivers

    ​Elvis Dumervil, the Denver Broncos sacking machine who will be a starter in the 2010 Pro Bowl, puts those long arms to use from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at 8 Rivers, where he'll be bartending to help raise money for Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, a group he's been working with for the past eig ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    8 Rivers goes to pot -- in a good way

    8 Rivers will offer marijuana cooking classes​Wanda James and Scott Durrah, the owners of 8 Rivers, just celebrated the end of their first year at 1550 Blake Street in LoDo, where they moved their restaurant after a successful run in the tiny spot at 3609 West 32nd Avenue that now holds Venue. ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Marijuana fuels the new rush to the Rockies

    ​One hundred and fifty years after the last rush to the Rockies, when gold was discovered back in 1859, a new rush is on. This time, adventurers are mining medical marijuana -- and business is smoking! Every day, I get a call from another acquaintance thinking of getting into the field or hea ... More >>

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    October 12, 2009

    8 Rivers puts lunch on hold

    ​8 Rivers, Scott Durrah's modern Caribbean restaurant that opened last October at 1550 Blake Street (after a successful stint in a much smaller spot at 3609 West 32nd Avenue, now occupied by Venue), is changing its hours for the winter. And they're very ishy. The restaurant, which also bills ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009
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    February 19, 2009
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    February 19, 2009
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    November 12, 2008

    Hot food, hot topics at 8 Rivers

    The new 8 Rivers, at 1550 Blake Street, is becoming a hot spot for politics as well as Caribbean cooking. Even before it officially opened on October 1, six weeks behind its original target, it hosted hungry and thirsty politicos -- including Nancy Pelosi, Walter Mondale, Harry Reid, Ken Salazar and ... More >>

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    October 1, 2008
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    September 25, 2008
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    September 11, 2008
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    August 15, 2008

    In time for DNC, 8 Rivers comes to Lodo

    Just in time for the near-inevitable clusterfuck of the DNC, 8 Rivers -- the Caribbean/Jamaican concept that’s been pushed in Denver by chef Scott Durrah for years -- is set to open the doors on its newest location on August 20th. The space at 1550 Blake Street, a former sporting-goods store, is ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 1, 2008

    One Good Thing

    Chef/owner Wayne Conwell is on a roll at Sushi Sasa.

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    November 15, 2007

    8 Rivers Cafe

    Isle be seeing you at this great Jamaican joint.