Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

House at home on Tennyson's restaurant row

Tennyson Street north of 38th Avenue is one of the city's five Denver Neighborhood Marketplace Initiative corridors, part of a Denver Office of Economic Development pilot program pushing business in these areas. And from 5 to 7:30 p.m. tonight, the OED will hold a reception at House, 4363 Tennyson Street, to celebrate the completion of the Tennyson Corridor District Development plan.

House is quite a development itself: This summer, what had been Gemelli's was transformed into House by former Gemelli's employees Dave Kauderer and Chris Colbea, as well as neighborhood vet Jeff Young. It's just the latest in a group of restaurants that have turned this stretch of Tennyson into a a real restaurant row, with eateries ranging from Brasserie Felix to Big Hoss Bar-B-Q (still closed because of a fire, but slated to reopen in ten days) to DJ's Berkeley Cafe to Kyle's Kitchen and now House.

As the OED and Tennyson residents plot their future, they'd be smart to recognize what these restaurants do to feed business in the neighborhood.

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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.
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