The antique bar and "stampede" mural are still part of the Buffalo's decor.
The antique bar and "stampede" mural are still part of the Buffalo's decor.
Courtesy of the Buffalo.

I-70 Roundup: A Second Helping of Westword Food & Drink, December 7-11

We're winding down to the final installments of our 100 Favorite Dishes, with only one left for 2015. For No. 2, we enjoyed a seafood bite at Genesee Park's Hideaway Kitchen + Bar . The Hideaway is one of a growing number of destination eateries along the Interstate 70 corridor that's being revitalized to draw guests from Denver as well as nearby mountain communities. In Idaho Springs, the historic Buffalo Restaurant & Bar, which has operated under different names since at least 1906, closed more than a year ago for renovations and finally reopened this week. One of the modifications is a new entryway to the Westbound & Down Brewing Company next door; the Buffalo's bar will also serve the brewery's beers on tap. And in Evergreen, the El Rancho Restaurant, which originally opened in 1947 and closed three years ago, is open once again as El Rancho Brewing Company with several house beers on tap and food from chef/butcher Thomas Vincent.

In other news:

RESTAURANTS/BARS OPENING THIS WEEK*
Modern Market, 8501 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton
Per la Gente, 1724 Broadway, Boulder
Platform T, 95 Lincoln Street

RESTAURANTS/BARS REOPENING THIS WEEK*
Buffalo Restaurant & Bar, 1617 Miner Street, Idaho Springs 
El Rancho/El Rancho Brewing Company, 29260 US-40, Evergreen
Infinitus Pie (moved from 38th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard) , 5807 West 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge
Rackhouse Pub (Saturday; moved from 208 South Kalamath Street), 2875 Blake Street

RESTAURANTS/BARS CHANGING NAMES THIS WEEK*
Racca's Pizzeria Napoletana, 2129 Larimer Street and 10111 Inverness Main Street, Englewood

RESTAURANTS/BARS CLOSING THIS WEEK*
Fuel Cafe
Funky Buddha Lounge, 776 Lincoln

*Or earlier, and not mentioned in a previous Second Helping.

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