Year-End Trends: A Second Helping of Cafe Society, December 22-26

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While Cafe Society writers have been looking back over the past year, would-be restaurateurs are still scrambling to get their spots open and grab some of the last holiday business before the January doldrums hit. City Stacks, a bookstore/coffeehouse, has started a new chapter in LoDo. Waffle Brothers finally opened its third store today (which replaces its original in central Denver). And tomorrow Denver Deep Dish, which has been operating out of Bar Car, will open its stand-alone store on West 38th Avenue -- the same street where Snarf's opened its latest outpost last week.

See also: The Top Ten Dishes for 2014

Also this week, Gretchen Kurtz served up the ten best dishes she ate in 2014, while Mark Antonation took a look at some of the big trends that drove restaurant openings this past year.

OPENING THIS WEEK* City Stacks, 1743 Wazee Street Denver Deep Dish, 1200 West 38th Avenue Snarf's, 5001 West 38th Avenue Waffle Brothers, 700 East First Avenue

CLOSING THIS WEEK* Crash 45, 321 East 45th Avenue (but watch for one last New Year's Eve party)

*Or earlier, and not noted in a previous Second Helping

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