Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Tonight: Sample Uptown at the Uptown Sampler

The 22nd Annual Uptown Sampler runs tonight from 5-8:30 p.m., and there's no better way to get a taste of how this neighborhood has finally grown into a real restaurant row. It was 25 years ago that Cliff Young opened his eponymous restaurant at 700 East 17th Avenue, in a space that later became Dante Bichette's and then Hamburger Mary's. At the time, remembers Young (who's soon to open a steakhouse next to the Diamond Cabaret), fine dining on 17th seemed like a major risk.

Not anymore. Tonight you can stroll (or ride the Excursion Bus) from restaurant to restaurant, with stops at historic B&Bs along the way. Uptown on the Hill only sells 400 $20 tickets to this fundraiser for District 8 Senior Events, a 501(c)3; to see if any are still available, click here or call 720-548-8934.