Driving down Arapahoe Street Wednesday, I almost crashed my car when I saw that the restaurant at the corner of 15th had changed its name. Again.
For years, this space was the home of the execrable Gallagher's, where I once had a very long night with then-Westword restaurant critic Kyle Wagner and Barry. Fey. Then last fall, Gallagher's was out -- finally -- and J. Gonzales took over the place from building owner Bruce Rahmani, retooling it as 5280 Steak House. But now the sign says the restaurant is Hickory Prime Steak House.
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Penny Parker has the scoop today: 5280 magazine got an injunction to make Gonzales stop using the 5280 Steak House name -- although it's pretty hard to confuse a magazine and a steak.
And that's not the only name change on the block, as we reported a few weeks ago. Right next door, La Fondue is now Le Chateau, with an expanded French menu. Gonzales took on that space, too, but so far, none of the chateau-ly businesses in the area -- Chateau Liquors, Beauty Chateau, Chateau Apartments, etc. etc. (you can google up dozens of possibilites) are threatening lawsuits.