Chef Mark Reggiannini in the kitchen at Cafe Marmotte.EXPAND
Chef Mark Reggiannini in the kitchen at Cafe Marmotte.
Danielle Lirette

From Clams to Marmottes: A Second Helping of Westword Food & Drink, March 7-11

Gretchen Kurtz made a French connection this week when she talked to chef Mark Reggiannini about how he went from math major to chef/owner of Cafe Marmotte, one of the city's up-and-coming French eateries. Mark Antonation chugged his share of Clamato in search of a growing trend in Denver's Mexican food scene: tangy concoctions of the clam-flavored tomato drink piled high with shrimp, dried beef, fresh veggies and other snack-worthy items. 

In restaurant openings, Lowry welcomed a full-service version of restaurateur Justin Brunson's Masterpiece Deli, appropriately named Masterpiece Kitchen, while Cherry Creek got a taste of the South with the opening of Grind Kitchen + Watering Hole. In other news:

RESTAURANTS/BARS OPENING THIS WEEK:*
Englewood Grand, 3435 South Broadway, Englewood
Grind Kitchen + Watering Hole, 300 Fillmore Street
Masterpiece Kitchen, 84 Rampart Road
The Midwestern Saloon, 3961 Tennyson Street
Parry's Pizza, 1232 South Hover Street, Longmont

RESTAURANTS/BARS CLOSING THIS WEEK:*
Flow Juice Bar, 208 East Seventh Avenue
Pete's Cafe & Steak House, 514 East Colfax Avenue

*Or earlier, and not reported in a previous Second Helping

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