Cafe Society

The week in Cafe Society bloggery: lobster rolls, Michael Long's new restaurant and the end of cigarette trafficking at Zona's Tamales

In the event that you missed our best bites of the week, here's a recap.

Laura Shunk reports that Zona Moore, the 84-year-old matriarch of her namesake tamale hut, got busted, along with her son, for trafficking stolen goods -- specifically cigarettes. Moore is out on bond, and smokes are no longer part of the tamale meal deal.

Earlier this week, we broke the news that the space at 250 Josephine Street, which has been everything from a fish house to a steak house, will soon become Aria, an Italian, Mediterranean, French and Spanish restaurant from kitchen magician Michael Long, who owns Opus. Long is arguably one of Denver's most innovative chefs, and this is one opening that we couldn't be more excited about.

The cast of the Denver FIVE -- chefs Matt Selby (Steuben's and Vesta Dipping Grill), Troy Guard (TAG), Tyler Wiard (Elway's Cherry Creek), Brian Laird (Barolo Grill) and Jamey Fader (Lola and Big Red F Restaurant Group) -- are passing the torch to five new chefs later this year, but not before the current fab FIVE head to the James Beard House on September 22 for one last night together cooking for the culinary cognoscenti.

In this week's Chef and Tell interview, Dylan Moore, chef of Deluxe, Delite and Deluxe Burger, confesses to an obsession with fish sauce, hates on strawberries and admits to fucking up the food of two very prominent Denver restaurateurs.

For those of you having a hard time wrapping your head around why anyone would spend twenty bucks on street food -- specifically the lobster roll from the Steuben's food truck -- we took the liberty of breaking down the cost of that roll, and, guess what? You're not getting screwed. At all. Get over it.

Or simply take solace in the fact that Ian Kleinman, the creative genius behind the Inventing Room, is taking his molecular gastronomy to the streets in mid-August when he introduces the budget-priced Inventing Room dessert food cart to the city. The most expensive item on the menu is a mere $4.

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Lori Midson
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