What you might have missed this week on Cafe Society while you were commiserating with Jason Sheehan over his abysmal dinners at Mark & Isabella, the Italian restaurant run by Arizona-based hot-shot restaurateur Mark Tarbell.
A man was shot dead in an altercation inside Chopsticks & Sushi, the downtown restaurant at 16th and Welton streets that has absolutely nothing in common with Chopsticks China Bistro, the Chinese restaurant that recently relocated from Federal Boulevard to Greenwood Village.
Sheehan rattled off his top-ten favorite Italian restaurants in the city, and Mark & Isabella was nowhere to be found on the list.
Lori Midson reported on the closings of two Old School Burgers locations, the consequences of which made her kid bawl his eyes out. Readers, on the other hand, weren't quite as traumatized by the dimming of the lights, as evidenced by their comments.
On the flip-side (get it?), a second Tacos Rapidos opened at 2345 West Alameda Avenue, joining the original location at 2800 West Evans in turning out Mexican grub 24/7. And Patsy's Pizzeria, as Sheehan reported, is now tossing pies at 3651 Navajo Street, right next door to Patsy's Inn.
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Sean Kelly, the exec chef of LoHi SteakBar, will soon be tossing pizzas in Sunnyside at Ernie's Bar and Pizzeria, which he talked about in this week's Chef and Tell interview with Lori Midson.
Nancy Levine got behind the bar with Michael McGill, the bartender at Osteria Marco, who would appreciate it if you don't whistle at him like a dog.
And Tim and Nina Zagat released the 2010 edition of America's Top Restaurants, along with pages and pages of dining summations that sling stats culled from eaters who responded to Zagat's annual dining survey, which sums up the best and worst of each city -- including Denver.