The Nickel Puts on a Good Show: A Second Helping of Cafe Society, December 1-5

This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz said the food served by chef Chris Thompson at

The Nickel

in the Hotel Teatro is

worth every penny
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. And since the Nickel is so close to the Denver Performing Arts Complex, we dished up

nine other great restaurants

to hit before a show. In his ongoing


series, Mark Antonation explained why the green chile at the

Bonnie Brae Tavern

is classic Colorado.

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We also took a walk on the artsy side with a

first look


the Molecule Effect

, a new coffee and wine bar on Santa Fe Drive, and

held out hope

that some of the northeastern Chinese cuisine we loved at the recentlyclosed East Asia Garden would translate to its new incarnation as

Hasu Asian Bistro & Sushi

in Cherry Creek North. In other news:

OPENING THIS WEEK* Block & Larder The Crimson Room, 1403 Larimer Street Molly's Spirits, 5809 West 44th Avenue, Lakeside Tennyson Street Barbecue, 3961 Tennyson Street Will Call, 3043 Brighton Boulevard VIE Nightclub, 1427 Larimer Street Zephyr Brewing, 2601 Walnut Street

CLOSING THIS WEEK* Cafe Food, 2079 30th Street, Boulder Charlie's Ice Cream Social, 3559 West 44th Avenue Taza de Cafe, 3559 West 44th Avenue

CHANGING NAMES THIS WEEK* Centennial Tavern (formerly Jonesy's Eatbar), 400 East 20th Avenue

* or earlier, and not mentioned in a previous Second Helping.

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