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Meal Deals and Extended Opening Hours Make Mondays Less Blue at These Restaurants

Mondays used to be pretty miserable for anyone who wanted to go out to eat in Denver, but deals are beginning to emerge that should make the first day of the work week a lot more palatable. Every Monday night in October, for example, if you show up at one of Pizzeria Locale’s two Denver locations (at 550 Broadway or 3484 West 32nd Avenue) with a receipt from Chipotle — showing purchase of a burrito, bowl, salad or taco order — you’ll get a free pizza. The pairing shouldn’t be that surprising: Chipotle founder Steve Ells partnered with the owners of Frasca Food and Wine when they decided to create a fast-casual version of their Pizzeria Locale in Boulder.

And now we’re reaping the benefits on Mondays this month. Check out the Pizzeria Locale website for all the delicious details.

No sooner will that pizza deal end than another Monday-night special will emerge. Since it opened at 719 East 17th Avenue in March 2013, Beast + Bottle has been closed on Mondays. But starting on November 2, it will now be open on Mondays and serving a three-course tasting menu for $35. Under the direction of chef-owner Paul C. Reilly and team, Monday-night supper will change weekly, but it should always feature a seasonal starter (soup or salad), a choice of entree (maybe a housemade pasta or roasted chicken) and dessert. To go with the dinner, JP Taylor will offer optional wine pairings; the full cocktail, beer and wine menus will also be available. For more information, call 303-623-3223 or see the Beast + Bottle website.

And in a move residents around Washington Park are already loving, French eatery Cafe Marmotte opened a month ago with Mondays as part of the regular schedule. Chef-owner Mark Reggiannini, who runs the corner restaurant with his wife, Mairen Reagan, says he looked around and noticed that many locally owned establishments in the area were closed on the first day of the week, so he thought it would be a good business opportunity. Because it's a small, family operation, Cafe Marmotte is closed on Wednesdays instead, but Reggiannini notes that he plans to be open seven days a week once the kitchen has a chance to settle into a rhythm. On a recent Monday night visit, we were pleased to see that as further enticement, the bar was giving out cards offering the first glass of wine free with dinner on Sunday and Monday nights. The deal was limited, though, so call 303-999-0395 to see what's on offer on Monday evenings, and check the restaurant's website for available reservation times.

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