Second Helpings

From ATM to Zengo: A Second Helping of Westword Food & Drink, February 22-26

There's a new chef at Zengo, and he's giving the upscale fusion eatery more of an Asian bent. In Chef and Tell this week, Gretchen Kurtz chatted with chef Robert Juan about growing up in Hawaii and cooking Filipino cuisine. And while Zengo may be moving away from some of its original Mexican flavors, Mark Antonation moved in on a stout Mexican sandwich when he found love at Tortas A Toda Madre on West 38th Avenue.

Live Basil Pizza is dead, at least in Colorado. Consumer Concept Group, the Denver-based company behind Live Basil and Smashburger, closed the remaining branches of the pizza chain earlier this week in order to focus on the growth of its Tom's Urban brand. There's still one Live Basil left, but it's in Los Angeles.

In other news:

RESTAURANTS/BARS OPENING THIS WEEK:*
Bread-N-Butter, 1612 East 17th Avenue
Marion Street Tavern, 1223 East 13th Avenue
Ursula Brewery (formerly Coda Brewing), 2101 Ursula Street 

RESTAURANTS/BARS TEMPORARILY CLOSING THIS WEEK:*
The Palm, 1672 Lawrence Street
So Perfect Eats, 278 Fillmore Street

RESTAURANTS/BARS CLOSING THIS WEEK:*
Brewshine BBQ & Tap House, 3109 Federal Boulevard
Live Basil Pizza, all Colorado locations
The Slotted Spoon, 2730 South Colorado Boulevard

*Or earlier, and not reported in a previous Second Helping
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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
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