In her recent review of the Kitchen Next Door Glendale, Gretchen Kurtz gave a short history of the TGI Fridays phenomenon, and wondered if the Kitchen Next Door could be the next big thing? It's certainly becoming big in Denver, where the Kitchen Next Door just opened in Union Station, in a space th ... More >>
This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz visited the latest outpost of The Kitchen -- The Kitchen Next Door Glendale -- and realized it could be the next TGI Fridays...in spirit, if not execution. We also talked about building sandwiches and a life in Colorado with Stack Subs owner Rick Koerner in ... More >>
The Kitchen Next Door Glendale 658 South Colorado Boulevard Boulevard 303-757-0878 You know how forty is the new thirty, and green is the new black? In restaurant terms, The Kitchen Next Door is the new TGI Fridays. If that sounds like a slur rather than a compliment, you're too young to remember ... More >>
TGI Fridays may have ditched its servers' flair, but it hasn't completely abandoned a flair for really dumbass promotions. The chain recently announced its "Endless Appetizers" summer promo offering all-you-can-eat appetizers for $10 per person. Diners choose one appetizer and get unlimited refills; ... More >>
Nothing is sadder than when celebrities dabble in the food-service industry and fail miserably at it -- except when the food fails are so completely predictable that even a dumb-as-a-rock celebrity should have known better. Over the weekend the lady-centric (and arguably un-feminist) steakhouse SHe ... More >>
Back in the days before Lower Downtown was LoDo, the Wazee Supper Club was a bright spot in a very dark culinary landscape. But that was decades ago, and today, of course, this neighborhood is home to some of the hottest restaurants in town. And you can experience many of them at LoDo Bites, which i ... More >>
Northglenn will get its first craft brewery on June 1 when Vance Sabbe -- a former homebrew shop owner -- and Rich Aggen open Beer By Design. The 5,000-square-foot brewery and taproom features a twenty-barrel brewing system and four forty-barrel fermenters, along with about 100 seats. See also: - ... More >>
In case you haven't heard the collective war cries rising up from the citizens of Boulder, Colorado, they are about to get their first Walmart -- one of the new "neighborhood market" concepts. Walmart pisses off liberals everywhere, and it's not the big-box chain with the best ethics record -- bu ... More >>
What will be the big culinary trends in 2013? As we prepare for a new year in gastronomy, we posed that question to dozens of people in the local food business, everyone from chefs and pastry magicians to restaurant brokers and PR consultants, from brewers and grape gurus to realtors and pig farmers ... More >>
Clever, market-savvy purveyors of food and drink have spent some serious Cheddar on making sure that we, the consuming public, buy whatever they are peddling. Sometimes their efforts work like Lucky Charms, and other times the slogans are so bad that people will go out of their way to avoid the poor ... More >>
Many things in the food industry are not at all what they appear to be. Things like healthy green salads covered in cheese, bacon bits, croutons and ranch dressing; the servers at TGI Fridays who aren't always thrilled beyond measure to see your asses plopped in their sections; and those "Grapple" ... More >>
I used to work at TGI Friday's -- I was young, I needed the money -- and when customers would ask me what they should order, I unfailingly advised them to stick to appetizers and cocktails: no mussy, no fussy, and no details for me to screw up.
Mexican fare from fast-food chains usually isn't authentic, healthy or even pretty, but it's irresistible. And we all indulge from time to time -- hitting the window at Taco Bell at 2 a.m. after a night of mainlining vodka gimlets; finding any excuse to grab a sunflower-seed-stuffed veggie burrito a ... More >>
Olive Garden just announced that it would be kicking fries and milkshakes off of the children's menu at all its restaurants, replacing them with smoothies and grapes. This move is designed to please parents who drag their squirming spawn into the post-popular Italian chain, but it's tough bre ... More >>
There are words, cliches and phrases that we, as food writers, use far too often, and while we're all probably guilty of making your nostrils flare when we use some of the very same vocabulary that we're now going to criticize, it's when other food writers use these annoying and overused word ... More >>
Jenny AnBrian Melton's drink included coconut powder, maple agave, sea salt and toasted coconut.Fourteen bartenders. Twenty minutes. One winner of an iPad. That was roughly the formula for the bartending competition Sunday night at Lola, sponsored by Don Julio. Using either Don Julio's Reposa ... More >>
Café Society's obsession with the quest for a Colorado cocktail dates back to the day when Rich Grant of Visit Denver got a call from a reporter for a national magazine who was looking for the quintessential Colorado drink to include in a story about landmark libations. But while some towns ... More >>
T.G.I. Friday's -- which has five restaurants in the metro area and a frightening number around the country -- is trying to update its image with craft beer and other specials. But is it too little, too late? Our "Top Five Reasons T.G.I. Friday's isn't cool anymore" is bringing out fans and ... More >>
T.G.I. Friday's new craft-beer-soaked Angus steak.T.G.I. Friday's would be so much cooler if the chain would just embrace and enjoy the fact that it's a punchline. Being a joke isn't necessarily a bad thing. Charlie Sheen, Tom Tancredo and the entire cast of Jersey Shore get it and make it ... More >>
It's been many, many months since floor leaks forced the closure of Samba Room in Larimer Square, but as late as December of 2010, the company, along with Larimer Associates, the group that owns the space, were optimistic that the place would eventually reopen. It wasn't to be. E Brands, the ... 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 >>
We knew rap had gone mainstream when Will Smith's The Fresh Prince of Bel Air began airing in 1990, and we know craft beer has done the same now that T.G.I. Friday's is pairing its new menu items with selected beers from New Belgium Brewing. On December 21, the casual dining chain will host ... More >>
T.G.I. Friday'sIn Denver only, ahi tuna with avocado crispsFollowing in the footsteps of several national restaurant chains and other food businesses, T.G.I. Friday's is using Denver to test both a new look and new menu items, including dishes with more fresh and made-from-scratch ingredients ... More >>
Sean Kenyon knows how to pour out both drinks and advice. A third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource ... More >>
A restaurant that sounds like the motor sports centered version of a TGI Fridays is expanding into Colorado. The Sharon, Pennsylvania-based Quaker Steak & Lube has one of the most confusing and vaguely lewd names we've ever heard of, and its bringing its wings and ribs and steaks to Westminst ... More >>
Lori Midson Samir Mohammad The Village Cork 1300 South Pearl Street 303-282-8399 www.villagecork.com Long before Samir Mohammad could legally drive a car, he'd flipped burgers, rolled taquitos, tossed pizzas, blistered his hands cooking red and green chile, washed dishes, waited tables, pr ... More >>
Since the late 1980's, T.G.I. Friday's has held an international bartending championship for its own employees, granting the winner the no surprise title of "Greatest T.G.I. Friday's Bartender in the World." And this year, Colorado's own Brad Kaplan of Thornton took the Colorado/Texas region ... More >>
In case you've been living in a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket, and haven't heard the news, Chipotle is opening its first London store in April of next year. This got me thinking...which, if any, Brit-Based fast food joints might be cool to have in our humble burg? I haven't been to London, so g ... More >>
In honor of putting another tax season behind us, many eateries are offering free and discounted deals. Here's a short list: All Cinnnabon outlets will give away free, mini-cinnamon rolls from 5 to 8 pm., while Micky D's is offering free small hot McCafé or medium iced McCafé coffee all day. But ... More >>
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