Garbanzo's opens today in Lakewood, the first of many restaurants in the Denver West project

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, a Denver-based fast-casual concept, will open its eighteenth location -- the sixteenth in Colorado -- today at 14740 West Colfax Avenue, in the new Denver West project. To celebrate, the restaurant will be giving away prizes and menu items all month long -- check the Facebook page to learn more.

And that's just the first of many restaurants that will be rolling out here.

The development is also slated to get a Modmarket, a Bonefish Grill, a Carrabba's Italian Grill and a Five Guys Burgers & Fries, as well as Cafe Rio Mexican Grill and Cherry on Top Frozen Yogurt.

Jimmy John's and Chick-fil-A are set to open spots there as well.

And Panera Bread will open in the development at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12; the first 1,000 customers inside the cafe will receive a free Cinnamon Crunch Bagel and a free Panera Bread Coffee Tumbler with free refills through December 31; the first 500 customers in the drive-thru will also receive a free Cinnamon Crunch Bagel.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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