As a resident of a town even further south than Vallagio at Inverness, the new development at Dry Creek and I-25 that's now trying to call its restaurant-centric self "Midtown," I have to admire the guts of developer Peter Kudla.
By bringing a number of established restaurateurs and chefs, including Mark Dym, Biker Jim, Brian Laird and Mary Nguyen, to the project, he's trying to establish Vallagio as a suburb that's not a suburb -- a Midtown, if you will, even if it's located at a wide spot on the prairie.
Still, I can think of five better names for Vallagio's Midtown:
1.We Are Not Suburbia: The owners of this prairie-dog project hope a snazzy name will draw in all those former urbanites who moved to the suburbs to raise a family -- and a big bank balance. Will they drop some of that cash here? Maybe if they think it's cooler than that Chili's down the street.
2. High Density Overpriced Dishes Town: An impressive lineup of central Denver restaurateurs have signed on to open second outposts in Midtown. The last time I saw such an impressive suburban lineup was at the Vistas at Park Meadows. Let's see how many are in the unemployment line with former employees of the Counter next year.
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3. Tiny Town: Oops, already taken.
4. Midtown Is the New Downtown: If developers can convince people that a place as far south as Inverness is really the center of the action, just think about how it will pave the way for more developments even further down I-25. Out of our way, Colorado Springs!
5. Cowtown. I'm certain Denver would happily surrender this title.