Basil Doc's has been turning out pizza since 1996 under the direction of owner Mike Miller. While the Crestmoor location isn't the original store (the first Basil Doc's, near Washington Park, is still turning out pizzas), Miller is now focusing his attentions on the little spot tucked in a row of shops on Holly Street, changing the name to Basil Doc's Bistro and Burrito Bar and beginning breakfast service on January 9. Pizza will still be the name of the game from 4 to 9 p.m. daily, but coffee, breakfast burritos and pastries will be available starting at 7 a.m. every morning.
The expansion of the menu means that the Rise & Shine Biscuit Kitchen and Cafe that's turned out some fine biscuits from this space over the past five years will have to cease operations. In fact, Rise & Shine owner Seth Rubin says he has to close both of his operations — the second Rise & Shine runs out of the Basil Doc's in West Highland — by the end of this year to make way for Miller's move into breakfast service.
Ruben says he's searching diligently for a new stand-alone location where he can reopen Rise & Shine, recognizing that good biscuits are hard to come by in this town. "There are plenty of misplaced Southerners in Denver," he notes, "and I think I've met every single one of them."
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