In rapidly changing neighborhoods, gentrification can lead to a lack of community unity. But small, physical projects can help give a sense of place -- which is why Denver created the P.S. You Are Here grant program. And yesterday, city officials went to Whittier, one of those rapidly changing neigh ... More >>
So this is becoming a trend: for the second time in four weeks, I've encountered an Ohioan running a barbecue restaurant in Denver. I get it that who wouldn't want to come to Colorado from Cleveland or Cincinnati? -- but the barbecue connection is a little more tenuous. Perhaps it's just that Ohio s ... More >>
How do I know Denver loves its patios? Because it's almost impossible to get a seat on a nice day at the better-known spots. That's why I'm almost hesitant to tell you about Bogey's on The Park, because part of the appeal is that people don't know about it yet. In a city of gentrified neighborhoods ... More >>
It was just over a year ago that Dina and Frank Berta closed Frank's Kitchen, the ten-seat spot in the Whittier neighborhood that they'd opened in May 2011. But the space at 2600 High Street was quickly transformed into Jammin' Joe's, a barbeque joint that expanded to two more locations -- one in E ... More >>
After a five-mile run around Sloan's Lake, all I wanted was a beer, so my friend and I explored the Berkeley neighborhood, an area that we, as Whittier and Five Points residents, respectively, don't get to very often. Searching for beer, we found something much more: my current favorite patio in Den ... More >>
Frank and Dina Berta stunned regulars when they announced that they'd sold Frank's Kitchen, the neighborhood joint they'd opened two years earlier in the Whittier neighborhood. But they gave their customers a definite consolation prize: Joe Van Dyke, aka "Jammin' Joe," a blues guitarist and restaura ... More >>
More than two dozen restaurants opened in the metro area in June, with more to come in these hot summer months. The Whittier neighborhood gained the new Whittier Pub (in the longtime home of M&D's), but lost Frank's Kitchen. Boulder lost H Burger, but gained Drakes Haus. And Glendale is gaining big ... More >>
It was just two years ago that Frank's Kitchen opened its doors. The regular e-mail that Dina Berta, a longtime restaurant reporter, and her contractor-turned-chef husband, Frank, sent out last week was full of plans for the future after a successful car show. They were talking about doing more even ... More >>
The Little Pub Company just opened the latest in its chain of neighborhood bars and restaurants, The Whittier Pub, at 2000 East 28th Avenue. Mark Berzins, who runs Little Pub, told Westword earlier this year that he's not normally an urban pioneer, preferring to open new locations in established ar ... More >>
The Little Pub Company -- owners of The Spot, the Irish Hound, Wymans and seventeen other neighborhood watering holes -- will open its newest location in the former M&D's CafĂ©, at 2800 28th Avenue, which closed a year ago. Mark Berzins, who runs Little Pub, says he's not normally an urban pioneer, ... More >>
Frank's Kitchen will close temporarily, from September 2-9, so that owners Dina and Frank Berta can take a short "stay-cation." The restaurant will re-open Monday, September 10.
Tonight is National Night Out -- a program started by the National Association of Town Watch that raises awareness for crime prevention in communities across the country. And several local restaurants and organizations are getting involved by hosting cool events for the cause, all offering good reas ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Flash Point," details Denver's response to what many perceive as a recent rise in gang violence. According to the most up-to-date statistics from the Denver Police Department, six murders were linked to gang activity between January and May of this year. That's up from five ... More >>
Today, we have for you a piece of news that you probably already knew just by looking around you: Parts of Denver are rapidly getting whiter! So much so that Denver's 80205 zip code managed to make it onto a list of the fastest-gentrifying neighborhoods in the country. Hooray!
The statistics are heartbreaking. In five Denver neighborhoods -- Baker, Westwood, Whittier, Villa Park and Valverde -- residents are several times more likely to experience cardiac arrests than anywhere else in the city. Worse, locals who had heart attacks in three of the five communities during t ... More >>
It's been a year since Frank and Dina Berta, who once wrote for Nation's Restaurant News, opened Frank's Kitchen in the Whittier neighborhood, and they've spent the past twelve months building a joint that, with its homey interior and eclectic menu filled with comfort food, feels like it could have ... More >>
Mark MangerDina and Frank Berta are making Frank's Kitchen part of the Whittier neighborhood.For this week's Cafe review, I head up to 2600 High Street, where husband-and-wife team Frank and Dina Berta run Frank's Kitchen, a restaurant that feels so integral to the neighborhood that it seems ... More >>
Mark MangerFrank and Dina Berta didn't set out to open a restaurant. Instead, they were exploring the idea of a food truck, and searching out locations for a commercial kitchen that would serve as their commissary. But then they found the storefront in the Whittier neighborhood where the Far ... More >>
Frank's Kitchen just celebrated its three-month birthday yesterday, but diners get the present today. The tiny cafe in the Whittier neighborhood -- seating for ten, sixteen if it's not too hot to sit outside -- offered a fish fry last Friday that was so popular that Frank's was out of fish ... More >>
A Flickr photo.The Friday fish fry is a time-honored tradition in Catholicism -- and though many religious rules have gone by the wayside, fried fish tastes so heavenly that we're sticking by this one. And tonight, inspired by a recent shipment of Alaskan cod and flounder, Frank's Kitchen, th ... More >>
Black Crown Lounge is looking good on South Broadway.The dining scene saw lots of action last month, including the opening of two new spots in the 500 block of East Colfax -- and the surprise closings of two Mark Tarbell restaurants in the Streets at SouthGlenn, including the one that served ... More >>
Frank's Kitchen is now open just west of City Park.Frank and Dina Berta want their new restaurant, Frank's Kitchen, to be the go-to spot for the Whittier neighborhood. "We've gotten a very positive response," says Dina of Frank's, a breakfast and lunch joint that opened May 19. "I think the ... More >>
The Kitchen [Next Door] will have a local focus.Last Friday we got a first look at the The Kitchen [Next Door], the third in the growing family of restaurants that started six years ago when The Kitchen sprang to life on the west end of Pearl Street in Boulder. Partners Kimbal Musk and Hugo M ... More >>
The revelation that downtown might get a grocery store had urban residents clipping coupons and packing up their cloth bags. here's how Carly greeted the news: If Denver was set up to have a city block (or has one currently) where you could get meat, cheese, produce, sundries, etc on one b ... More >>
Frank Berta was given a diary when he was ten, and his very first entry read: "today we had chicken and it was delicious." That youthful love of food spawned a lifetime interest in cooking. And after years of owning his own contracting business, he's giving up remodeling to take that intere ... More >>
Kenny and Kristin Johnson, the owners of KJ's Coffee Bar, have a date with the Denver Department of Excise and License at 1:30 p.m. today, a hearing where they'll ask that their liquor license be changed to a cabaret license, so that they can present live music on a regular basis and "don't h ... More >>
KJ's Coffee Bar, the Whittier neighborhood watering hole at 1710 East 25th Avenue that Kenny and Kristin Johnson opened last year, adds music to the mix tonight, when DJ LHD and friends start spinning at 7 p.m. But don't come to KJ's empty-handed: It's running a food bank to benefit Food Bank ... More >>
Courtesy of MDPLAttendees of the recent MDPL writing camp work on their projects. We don't have an outpost of author Dave Egger's 826 program in Denver, where kids can learn to dream like a writer and write like a writer and even get published like a writer. What we do have, however, is a gro ... More >>
KJ's has become a neighborhood playgroundKJ's Coffee Bar, the spot at 1710 East 25th Avenue that's become a regular Whittier neighborhood hangout over the past ten months, will introduce later hours today -- until 9 p.m. on weekends and 10 p.m. on weekends. And that's just the start of the changes, ... More >>
KJ's Coffee Bar opened last summer at 1710 East 25th Avenue, but it finally held its grand opening celebration on May 23. And KJ's could soon have more reason to celebrate. This community gathering place for the Whittier neighborhood is going for a beer/wine liquor license, with a hearing slated f ... More >>
Can a white woman with ties to Dune, Keanu Reeves and Burning Man effectively represent Denver’s historically black city council district?
Tonight is all about public process, with two major city-policy meetings both running from 6 to 8:30 p.m. So you'll have to decide if you're more interested in revamping the zoning code or choosing between light rail and streetcars for north Downing Street. (Or none of the above.) If you pick zonin ... More >>
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