Second Helpings

Hamsters and Pie: A Second Helping of Westword Food & Drink, June 15-19

Great news for downtown revelers looking for a watering hole during the weekend's PrideFest activities: The Greedy Hamster has reopened after closing for two days due to a shower of bricks that dislodged from the building's facade on Monday. While the structure is robed in temporary construction boarding, the Hamster is serving drinks and food and donating a portion of its weekend proceeds to the Trevor Project, a non-profit organization that provides suicide-prevention services and crisis intervention for LGBTQ youth. Most of the planned activities at the pub have been curtailed due to the construction, but the Silver Bullet Boys will be in the house Saturday at 1 p.m.

June is already turning out to be a great month for pizza lovers: not only did Blue Pan Pizza and Brik on York open on the same day this week, but over in the Virginia Vale neighborhood in east Denver, Esters, a beer bar, live music venue and pizzeria, opened on June 2. Gretchen Kurtz feasted on pizza, too, along with other Italian fare, at the recently expanded Cucina Colore in Cherry Creek North. This was the second in a series of visits to classic Denver eateries, after last week's review of the Summit Steakhouse

Blue Pan Pizza, 3930 West 32nd Avenue
Breckenridge Brewery, 2920 Brewery Lane, Littleton
Brik on York, 2223 East Colfax Avenue
Esters, 1950 South Holly Street
Fire, 1201 Broadway
Skeye Brewing, 900 West Hover Street, Longmont
Sweet Cow Ice Cream, 669 South Broadway, Boulder

The Greedy Hamster, 323 14th Street

Taco House, 1390 West Littleton Boulevard, Littleton

*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.
Contact: Mark Antonation