Cafe Society

Sidewinder for Sale, Yazoo Raises the Roof: A Second Helping of Cafe Society, October 13-17

The Sidewinder is for sale, as reported on Backbeat this week. The hundred-year-old building in Globeville has been home to numerous saloons, including one incarnation that served some of the town's best green chile; for the past two years, it's also hosted great live music acts in a room that had been a union gathering place. And another spot is about to get into the live music business: After months of untangling red tap, Yazoo Barbecue downtown finally got a cabaret license, which it will celebrate with a party on the Yazoo rooftop deck tomorrow night.

Also this week, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed The Noshery, a bakery-cafe across the street from Regis University that would be welcome in any part of town. For Chef and Tell, Mark Antonation spoke with Eric Skokan of Black Cat Bistro and Bramble &Hare about his farm and his new cookbook. And Patricia Calhoun spoke with the manager of Buffalo Restaurant & Bar, which just closed for a five-month renovation of the century-old building. In other action on the Denver dining scene:

Opening this week:* Bracia, 5260 South Parker Road, Aurora Cafe United, 711 Park Avenue West Iron Rail Tavern, 4111 Kipling Street, Wheat Ridge LYFE Kitchen, 1600 Pearl Street, Boulder Parker Garage, 19420 East Mainstreet, Parker

Closing this week: Buffalo Restaurant & Bar, 1517 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (for renovation) Coral Room, 3489 West 32nd Ave (renovating, and under new ownership) Denver Diner, 740 West Colfax Avenue (after a fire) East Asia Garden, 1156 South Broadway (moving to Cherry Creek) Highland Pacific Restaurant and Oyster Bar, 3934 West 32nd Avenue (reportedly for renovation)

* Or earlier, and not reported in a previous Second Helping


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