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Counting down to tapas at Ondo's

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There are some restaurants I talk about a lot. There are others that I talk about hardly at all. And one of the very few places that I talk about continuously (some would say obsessively) isn't even open yet. It's Ondo's.

Ah, Ondo's....I've been dreaming about having a new tapas restaurant in Denver for a long time. Any kind of Spanish restaurant, really, but particularly a tapas place. And I'm not talking about some kind of fake tapas joint, either. Not some spot that serves "small plates" or just has an enormous appetizer menu with a bunch of jalapeno poppers and riblets and calls it a "Taste of the Costa Brava," or some ridiculous thing like that.

No, I want a serious tapas restaurant, and Ondo's -- which is being opened by Curt and Deicy Steinbecker, who trained in Spain for just this opportunity -- seems like it might be it.

Though there's still no opening date on the books for Ondo's, which is taking the space at 250 Steele Street that swallowed up French 250, it recently went one step closer to the big day. I just found the craigslist posting that indicates they're bringing on both FOH and BOH staff as quickly as they can.

And if they're doing that, it means they something for these people to do. Which means that the Steinbeckers could get close to that long-promised "Fall, 2009" opening date that's been on their website for months.

Personally, I can't wait. And I really hope that I'm not disappointed when the grand opening finally arrives. I wouldn't want to talk about that.

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