Of the fifteen spaces honored in the 2008 Mayor's Design Awards, several honorees are particularly delicious, because the buildings look just as good as the food created inside them. "Great cities are just as enriched by many discrete and beautifully designed projects as they are by large and bold civic gestures," said Mayor John Hickenlooper, in announcing this year's winners.
Among the places celebrated this round are Pajama Baking Company, a cafe/market at 1595 South Pearl Street (in the category "Buildings That Beckon"); Il Posto at 2011 East 17th Avenue (ditto), an Italian restaurant that recently earned raves from Jason Sheehan; Pasquini's and Zio Romolo's Alley Bar at 2400 West 32nd Avenue (category: "Wicked Little Details"), where Nancy Levine found her favorite drink of the summer; and Satchel's Market at 5021 East 28th Avenue (category: "Oh, Pioneers!").
And then there's something old and something new: Billy's Inn at 4403 Lowell Boulevard (category: "Reclaimed Splendor") was honored for the stunning job the new owners did updating and expanding this seventy-plus-year-old neighborhood watering hole; and Little Man Ice Cream at 2620 16th Street (category: "Wild Card"), for putting an old idea -- ice cream -- into a brand-new structure shaped like a vintage 1928 cream can.
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