The new 8 Rivers, at 1550 Blake Street, is becoming a hot spot for politics as well as Caribbean cooking. Even before it officially opened on October 1, six weeks behind its original target, it hosted hungry and thirsty politicos -- including Nancy Pelosi, Walter Mondale, Harry Reid, Ken Salazar and Diane DeGette -- during the Democratic Natonal Convention. (It helps that Wanda James, wife of chef/owner Scott Durrah, was big in Barack Obama's campaign).
And the activist action continues. At 5:30 p.m. tonight, it will be the site of a Colorado Progressive All-Star Celebration, with the Progressive Majority; tickets at the door are $25.On Saturday, November 15, it will host a SAFER reception from 6-9 p.m., and a Pan African Film Festival party from 9-midnight. For more details on all events, hours and the menu, go to www.8riverslodo.com.
Meanwhile, 8 Rivers's original home at 3609 West 32nd Avenue, which Durrah vacated when the much larger LoDo location finally opened, could soon become a new restaurant named Venue.
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