There will be plenty of craft beers consumed at the Great American Beer Festival tonight, but the festivities end at 10 p.m., which means that thousands of buzzed and hungry beer drinkers will spill out onto the streets looking for good eats. Pinche Taqueria has planned ahead: While the the locations in West Highland and on East Colfax Avenue close at 10 p.m., sister eatery Poco Torteria inside Avanti Food & Beverage keeps serving until midnight — and tonight, and tonight only, the crew there will also be dishing up Pinche's carnitas, carne asada and queso a la plancha tacos. Expect a crowd if you go.
Two other Denver restaurants are teaming up to bring a short-term special to the city, but you'll have to wait until Monday. September 28, to try it. Pizzeria Locale executive chef Jordan Wallace is rolling out a series of monthly collaborations with local chefs and will kick off the first one at the Broadway and West Highland Locales (but not the Boulder original). They're going to feature a Hawaiian special designed by Rosenberg's Bagels founder Josh Pollack and a mysterious co-conspirator known only as Nicky the Fish. Instead of standard Canadian bacon, Pollack's version features East Coast favorite Taylor Pork Roll along with mozzarella, pineapple and greens. The pie will cost $7.50 and will be available through the end of October.
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RESTAURANTS/BARS OPENING THIS WEEK*
Blue Island Oyster Bar, 2625 East 2nd Avenue
Burnt End, 5332 DTC Boulevard, Greenwood Village
Danielle's (formerly the Social), 872 West Happy Canyon Road, Castle Rock
Tom+Chee, 6879 South Vine Street, Centennial
Upstairs Circus, 5370 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Greenwood Village
Wild Standard, 1043 Pearl Street, Boulder
RESTAURANTS/BARS CLOSING THIS WEEK
The Egg Shell, 235 Fillmore Street
Trillium, 2134 Larimer Street
*Or earlier, and not reported in a previous Second Helping.