Arts and Culture

Neighborhoods: Historic Downtown Louisville

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Also along the street, among other things, you'll find Bittersweet Art Gallery, a gallery that also offers painting classes, and Mudslingers Pottery, also a workshop with a small retail shop in front, both located in a walk-through indoor mall at 820 Main Street; the coffee is great at Vic's Again Louisville, 801 Main Street; and Wildwood Guitars maintains its popular profile with musicians at 804 Main Street. In addition, northwest Denver's locavore-freindly In Season Local Market has begun making inroads in Boulder County at its new location at 924 Main street. The eating's also good up and down the street, beginning with the famed Blue Parrot. The classic mom-and-pop spaghetti-and-meatballs palace was first opened in 1919 by Italian immigrants Michael and Emira Colacci at 640 Main Street. These days, the food's gone downhill (the Blue Parrot's main claim to fame more recently was a sudden uproar over whether or not it should change the name of its signature "Wopburger"). But it -- and the Wopburger -- are still there. Not so for Colacci's, the Blue Parrot's greatest rival in Louisville for years, a vinyl-boothed eatery run by feuding branch of the same family, where Colacci kids played in the aisles and the tomato sauce was rich and hearty: That spot most recently segued into Jim Cohen's Empire Lounge and Restaurant, 816 Main Street, a more modern diner with a retro touch. Of note: The awesome original Colacci's sign remains, though it now says "Empire." A newer face on the block, The Cactus Wheel, 701 Main Street, found its niche in a old space: a recycled defunct garage, which now opens out onto a large patio area that hops in the summertime. Across the street, the quaintly lavender Huckleberry, 700 Main Street, serves breakfast, sandwiches and high tea. In keeping with the building's history, the wait station at Cactus Wheel is carved out of an old auto hull.
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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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