Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Fuel for Love

The face of the River North neighborhood changes almost daily. Last week, the old Denargo Market -- the warehouses where famers unloaded produce for decades, and where Jack Kerouac did some heavy lifting sixty years ago -- came down, changing the view to the west from the Broadway/Brighton Boulevard viaduct. But it's on the ground in RiNo that you can really see the changes.

Or taste them, if you're at the Fuel Cafe at 3455 Ringsby Court, just west of the Platte River in the Taxi project. Since January, Fuel has been keeping residents/workers in the area fueled, serving up breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, as well as offering to-go items and doing some catering for the businesses in Taxi.

And soon -- very soon -- owner Bob Blair hopes to augment his lineup of breakfast items, pastries, sandwiches, soups and salads with alcoholic beverages. With any luck, he'll get the okay on Fuel's liquor-license application before the expansive patio is ready to open, which should be within the week. After that, this urban oasis just might be one of the city's best spots to refuel, particularly once Blair is able to add evening hours, as he hopes to do. -- Patricia Calhoun

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
Contact: Patricia Calhoun