State of the Union: A second helping of Cafe Society, July 21-25

This week in Cafe Society, critic Gretchen Kurtz plunged into the great barbecue debate after visiting to Kings BBQ. For Chef and Tell, we checked in with Alex Seidel about the status of his new restaurant, Mercantile Dining & Provision, which will be opening around Labor Day in the newly refurbished Union Station that opens tomorrow, with a trainload of new restaurants. Also this week, chef DJ Nagle of Humboldt showed us how to make his bacon-rich burger, which we'd named Best Burger the Best of Denver 2014. Udi's changed the name of all its restaurants to either Silvi's, Etai's and Izzio. And we counted down the top five weirdest new fetish foods, including gummy bear sausage. Also in the news:

OPENING THIS WEEK: Acme Burger & Brat Co., Union Station Buckskin's Saloon, 5607 N US Highway 85, Sedalia Colorado Keg House, 8001 Arista Place, 110, Broomfield Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria, 5322 DTC Boulevard Jet's Pizza, 7935 South Broadway, Littleton Milkbox Ice Creamery, Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street The Nickel, 1100 14th Street Orange and Brew, 1520 Stout Street Pigtrain Coffee, Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street Powder Keg Brewing, 101 2nd Avenue, Niwot Terminal Bar, Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street

REOPENING THIS WEEK Downing Street Grill, 3090 Downing Street

CLOSING THIS WEEK: Curtis Park Creamery II, 1901 South Havana Street, Aurora Harold's and The Bayonet Room, 1940 Ken Pratt Boulevard, Longmont (closing July 27) Renegade Publik House, 2043 South University Blvd (closing July 27)

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