Crafts, Wine and Burnt Ends: A DTC Roundup

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While we await the opening of the southern branch of Los Chingones — slated for a fall opening — in the new Belleview Station development, a few other food and drink destinations around the Denver Tech Center are making Greenwood Village and the surrounding area a more appealing place to live and work.

Upstairs Circus

The original Upstairs Circus opened two years ago above the Squeaky Bean in LoDo. And apparently drinking and making stuff is a popular combo, because the craft-themed bar is opening a second location this week. The new Upstairs Circus kicks off its grand opening weekend at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 25, in the Landmark development in Greenwood Village, where you'll be able to paint things, glue pine cones to things, or emboss your name on things, all with a drink in your hand. For event details, see the Upstairs Circus Facebook page.

The Palate Food + Wine Bar
The Palate, from first-time restaurant owners Vivek and Sanju Beri, opened earlier this summer with a dazzling by-the-glass wine list — some 150 — supported by a state-of-the-art pouring system built by Napa Technology. Although the Beris are wine veterans (they own a liquor store and Sanju is a certified sommelier), the focus is on the food as much as the drinks. The menu encompasses small plates like Moroccan-spiced Colorado lamb ribs with a pomegranate molasses glaze and bigger offerings like roasted beet ravioli and braised Iberian pork cheeks. The Palate, also in Landmark, is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Burnt End BBQ
PB&J Restaurants, an ownership group based in Overland Park, Kansas that operates several Ya Ya's Euro Bistros in the Midwest, including one in the Denver Tech Center, opened a new barbecue joint in Greenwood Village yesterday. Burnt End BBQ serves Kansas City-style spare ribs, brisket, pulled pork, house-cured ham and the namesake burnt ends (the tasty tips of the brisket point).

The new eatery is located in the Village Plaza shopping center in the former home of Bam-Bu (a Pan-Asian fast casual restaurant). Burnt End is open  from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, staying open until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 

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