Saturdays will be a drag at the Squeaky Bean starting March 14. Last week we named Johnny Ballen's Sunday brunch as one of the Seven Best Themed Sunday Brunches in Denver, and now he's adding a Saturday bingo brunch, with a definite twist. “With the huge popularity of our Sunday bingo brunch, we wanted to add another flavor of ice cream to what we normally serve, specifically one with a big banana and nuts,” says Ballen.
And that flavor would be Venus Sexton, a Denver native, professional singer, karaoke host and long-time drag queen who's part of Dream Girls, a theatrical drag show at Hamburger Mary's. “I’m sassy, I’m spontaneous, I’m a singer and I’m a gossipy drag queen, so you never know what’s going to roll out of my mouth, but I know we’re all going to have a helluva lot of fun,” promises Sexton.
Like Sunday's brunch, Saturday service will start at 10 a.m., and chef Theo Adley will serve a similar menu. Bingo will run from 1 to 3 p.m. , and Ballen will be awarding such prizes as jugs of mimosas, bottles of Prosecco, 40-ounce bottles of Olde English, bottles of girly rainbow sherbet and cotton candy vodka, irreverent trinkets from the Dollar Store and a $40 gift certificate to the Squeaky Bean. “People love to have a good time, and we wanted to do a downtown Saturday brunch that’s a little different from what some of the other restaurants are doing, and the brass and sass of queen-bean bingo just adds to the playful quirkiness that’s made the Squeaky Bean such a fun place to eat, drink and hang out,” says Ballen.
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This makes the town's second official drag-queen brunch. Epernay recently launched Royal Brunch on Sundays, when multiple drag queens provide sassy entertainment.