• R Bazaar Brings International Flair to Holiday Food and Shopping
    December 13 at 9:27 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    R Bazaar was founded earlier this year by Michells Lasnier with a goal to "bridge refugee and immigrant communities with local populations through the love of international food and entrepreneurship." On Tuesday, December 12, R Bazaar held its…

  • Birdcall Reimagines Restaurants From Its Five Points Roost
    December 12 at 6:09 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    From its roost in Five Points, Birdcall is reimagining restaurants, one chicken sandwich at a time. It's fast. It’s affordable. And it’s where the future is headed, given the pinch of high labor costs. But is it good food? Gretchen Kurtz answers…

  • Black Magic: Genius Wizard Returns at Ratio Beerworks
    December 10 at 12:38 p.m. by Brandon Marshall

    On Saturday, December 9, Ratio Beerworks celebrated the return of its Genius Wizard Russian Imperial Stout, pouring samples of the dark, mysterious beer in the brewery's back room, which was transformed into a magical lair of food and beer. The…


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  • First Look: All Aboard Ultreia at Union Station
    December 9 at 8:32 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    The team behind Rioja, Bistro Vendôme, Stoic & Genuine and Euclid Hall is at it again. Ultreia just opened yesterday, bringing a taste of Spain and Portugal to Union Station. Aged Spanish ham, tapas, sherries and gin-tonics capture the essence of…

  • Let the Booze Flow! Two Bars Celebrate Prohibition Repeal Day
    December 6 at 4:14 p.m. by Kenneth Hamblin III

    There was a dark time in America's history (further back than Election Day 2017, that is) when booze was illegal and folks were forced underground to enjoy their OId Fashioneds and other spirited concoctions. But Prohibition was repealed on…

  • Menu Sneak Peek: Julep's Creative Take on Southern Fare
    December 6 at 3:54 p.m. by Mark Antonation

    Chef Kyle Foster has been biding his time for nearly two years since announcing that he'd open a Southern restaurant called Julep at 3254 Larimer Street. After all, he'd picked an address where there wasn't even a building yet, so he had to wait…

  • Christmas Comes Early for "Stranafans" on Snowflake Day
    December 2 at 9:56 p.m. by Jake Cox

    Denverites aren't delicate snowflakes — at least not the crew of intrepid Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey fans, known as "Stranafans," who camped out overnight (or longer) at the distillery to score rare bottles of Snowflake whiskey on the morning of…

  • You're Nog Gonna Believe This: Wayward's Miracle on Little Raven
    December 1 at 12:17 p.m. by Danielle Lirette

    The Little Drummer Boy, the Three Kings and even Jolly Ol' Saint Nicholas are parched and looking for someplace to wet their whistles. Thankfully, part of Wayward (1610 Little Raven Street) has been converted into the Miracle on Little Raven, a…

  • The Best Things We Ate and Drank in November
    November 30 at 3:37 p.m. by Mark Antonation

    November was filled with everything from street-food favorites like Sonoran hot dogs to elevated cuisine from some of Denver's top chefs. Enjoy these bites of Peruvian saltado, hot biscuits, steamy ramen and much, much more.

  • First Look: Izakaya Ronin Is Ready to Serve RiNo's Late-Night Crowd
    November 29 at 11:41 a.m. by Mark Antonation

    Chef Corey Baker is spreading the sushi word from his original LoHi restaurant, Sushi Ronin, to a new spot called Izakaya Ronin (3053 Brighton Boulevard) in the Industry building. The main floor of Izakaya Ronin offers a menu similar to Baker's…

  • Grab a Seat at Señor Bear
    November 28 at 5:57 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Max MacKissock and Blake Edmunds, the duo who made the now-defunct Squeaky Bean into a legend, have worked on numerous projects together, but Señor Bear, their new LoHi restaurant, is the purest distillation of their intelligence and…

  • Taggers and Protesters Descend on Ink! Coffee After Gentrification Joke
    November 25 at 4:57 p.m. by Westword Staff

    Earlier this week, Ink! Coffee (2851 Larimer Street) put out a sidewalk sign that read "Happily Gentrifying the Neighborhood Since 2014." The sign has since been removed and the company has apologized, but Denverites aren't ready to forgive and…

  • Dio Mio Holds Holiday Bake Sale
    November 24 at 8:38 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Dio Mio Handmade Pasta held a bake sale at its Larimer Street restaurant on November 22. Pies, pasta, rolls, loaves and cookies were available along with specialty items from other neighborhood shops. If you missed out,  don't worry: There's always…

  • First Look: Bamboo Sushi Moves Into Alluring New Digs
    November 20 at 5:57 a.m. by Mark Antonation

    Portland, Oregon-based Bamboo Sushi hit the Denver scene in the summer of 2016 as a counter-service eatery inside Avanti Food & Beverage, but has now built its own restaurant with a much larger menu and a full bar. Located in a former bookbinding…

  • Inside Stanley Marketplace — One Year Later
    November 19 at 10:18 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    It's been nearly a year since the first businesses opened at the Stanley Marketplace — and how the space has changed during 2017! The former Stanley Aviation building is now home to more than fifty local businesses...and is pretty photogenic.…

  • First Look: Punch Bowl Social Towers Over Stapleton
    November 14 at 5:13 p.m. by Westword Staff

    Where air-traffic controllers once guided airliners safely into Stapleton International Airport, the Punch Bowl Social staff will soon be guiding guests through an almost overwhelming dining and entertainment experience. Denver's second Punch Bowl…

  • Whole Foods Launches Massive New Union Station Market
    November 14 at 10:06 a.m. by Westword Staff

    Whole Foods Union Station, opening Wednesday, November 15, is a symbol of the transformation of the neighborhood between Union Station and the train tracks, which for decades was relegated to industrial and heavy commercial use. Now chic hotels and…

  • Acres Has Room for You, Even If You're Not From the Neighborhood
    November 14 at 5:39 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    "If you like my little joint, let's hang out," says John Benson, owner of Acres. As Gretchen Kurtz writes in her review of the restaurant at 3999 South Broadway, after a meal here, you'll wish you lived in the neighborhood. All photos by Danielle…

  • Dio Mio Ramen Pop-Up Bowls Over RiNo
    November 8 at 8:24 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Larimer Street was bowled over by Dio Mio's ramen pop-up last night (Tuesday, November 7). Noodle lovers braved the chilly night and light snowfall to wait in line for tastes of warming broth from the Dio Mio team and their counterparts from Uncle.…

  • First Look: The Family Jones Brings Distillery-Restaurant to LoHi
    November 6 at 9:48 a.m. by Mark Antonation

    Some of the most creative minds in the LoHi restaurant business got together for a new project called the Family Jones Spirit House. Paul Tamburello, real estate developer and owner of Little Man Ice Cream, pioneering distiller Rob Masters and…



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