Chris Thompson of the Nickel loves his wood.
Chris Thompson of the Nickel loves his wood.
Danielle Lirette

The Nickel Puts on a Good Show: A Second Helping of Cafe Society, December 1-5

This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz said the food served by chef Chris Thompson at The Nickel in the Hotel Teatro is worth every penny. And since the Nickel is so close to the Denver Performing Arts Complex, we dished up nine other great restaurants to hit before a show. In his ongoing Ethniche series, Mark Antonation explained why the green chile at the Bonnie Brae Tavern is classic Colorado. See also: Charlotte's Web: Untangling One of Colorado's Biggest Cannabis Success Stories

Inside the Molecule Effect.
Inside the Molecule Effect.
Danielle Lirette

We also took a walk on the artsy side with a first look at the Molecule Effect, a new coffee and wine bar on Santa Fe Drive, and held out hope that some of the northeastern Chinese cuisine we loved at the recentlyclosed East Asia Garden would translate to its new incarnation as Hasu Asian Bistro & Sushi in Cherry Creek North. In other news:

OPENING THIS WEEK* Block & Larder The Crimson Room, 1403 Larimer Street Molly's Spirits, 5809 West 44th Avenue, Lakeside Tennyson Street Barbecue, 3961 Tennyson Street Will Call, 3043 Brighton Boulevard VIE Nightclub, 1427 Larimer Street Zephyr Brewing, 2601 Walnut Street

CLOSING THIS WEEK* Cafe Food, 2079 30th Street, Boulder Charlie's Ice Cream Social, 3559 West 44th Avenue Taza de Cafe, 3559 West 44th Avenue

CHANGING NAMES THIS WEEK* Centennial Tavern (formerly Jonesy's Eatbar), 400 East 20th Avenue

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


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