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Q: Can you tell me what nice places will be open on Christmas Day this year?

A: I've received so many inquiries regarding restaurants open on Christmas that I'm wondering if anyone will be staying home this year. So many people want to eat out that they may have trouble finding seats. For instance, don't even bother calling the Briarwood Inn (1630 8th Street, Golden, 303-279-3121) unless it's to make reservations for next year ‹ that elegant eatery is booked solid. And you'll need to act fast to get into the Wellshire Inn (3333 South Colorado Boulevard, 303-759-3333), which has only a few slots left between noon and 6 p.m.

Not surprisingly, your most reliable options involve eateries connected to hotels. For an upscale experience, try the Brown Palace (321 17th Street, 303-297-3111), which will offer brunch from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in Ellyngton's and a special dinner menu at the Palace Arms from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Q's in the Hotel Boulderado (2115 13th Street, Boulder, 303-442-4881) will be open, as will the Swan and the Garden Terrace at the Inverness Hotel (200 Inverness Drive West, Englewood, 303-799-5800) and the Tuscany at the Loews Denver Hotel (4150 East Mississippi Avenue, 303-782-9300). Slightly less formal but still nice would be jou jou, inside the Hotel Teatro (1106 14th Street, 303-228-0770); O'Byrne's Steak and Seafood, in the Westin Westminster Hotel (10600 Westminster Boulevard, Westminster, 303-410-5066); or the Table Mountain Inn (1310 Washington Street, Golden, 303-277-9898).


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