Dining at Spuntino and a Denver chef who despises cupcakes: A second helping of Cafe Society, September 9-13

Yasmin Lozada-Hissom's orange olive-oil cake is a fine finish to a meal at Spuntino.

This week, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed Spuntino, where owners/spouses Yasmin Lozada-Hissom and John Broening recently renovated the space. But will Spuntino become a dining destination -- or remain the grill next door? Bittersweet pastry chef Kris Padalino sat down with Lori Midson to chat about the concept of cupcakes and her love of baking. And Mark Antonation visited two bakeries (Celestial Chinese Bakery and Vinh Xuong Vietnamese Bakery) during his exploration of South Federal.

Keep reading for more of the action this week.

See also: First look: Babette's Artisan Breads rises at the Source

Restaurants/Markets opening this week:

Acorn, 3350 Brighton Boulevard
Babette's Artisan Breads, 3350 Brighton Boulevard in the Source
Sanitas Brewing, 3550 Frontier Avenue, Boulder

Restaurants/Markets that temporarily closed this week:

Frasca, Pizzeria Locale and Frasca Caffe, due to flooding

Restaurants/Markets closing this week:

Steak 'n Shake at 3502 River Point Parkway, Sheridan, and 8271 South Quebec Street, Centennial (after a bond filed by the chain in federal court activated an injunction forcing the locally-owned franchise restaurants to cease using the company name)

And don't forget about DISH, Westword's annual celebration of the Denver dining scene, which takes place Sunday, September 22 in Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex with food and drink from some of Cafe Society's favorite restaurants, as well as Best of Denver readers' choices. Close to fifty restaurants, trucks and food businesses have signed on to be part of DISH this year, including Kevin Taylor, El Chingon, Slider Shack 303, Stoney's, Azucar Bakery, Biker Jim's, Boone's, DiFranco's, Interstate, Table 6, Early Bird, El Taco de Mexico, The Hornet, The Real Dill, Williams & Graham, Gaetano's, Lola, Mustard's Last Stand, Maggie & Molly's, Nile Ethiopian, Rio Grande, Trillium, Tin Star Smokehouse, Slotted Spoon, Pink Tank, Fuzzy's Tacos, Central Bistro & Bar, Sugarlicious, Tamayo, Sushi Sasa, La Calle Taqueria, Jonesy's, Orange Crunch, WaterCourse Foods, CHUBurger, Patxi's Pizza, Row 14 Bistro & Wine Bar, Zengo, Dae Gee Korean BBQ, Donut Hut Cafe, Little Man Ice Cream, Jason's Deli, Polished Tavern, Salvaggio's Deli, Taita Peruvian Cuisine & Bar and Udi's.

Any news we missed on Cafe Society this week? Post it in the comments section below. And remember, you can write your own review of any of the places mentioned on Cafe Society by clicking on their Voice Places link.

Location Info


500 E. Alameda Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


2639 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Celestial Bakery

333 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Vinh Xuong Bakery

375 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: General

The Source

3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: General

Sanitas Brewing

3550 Frontier Ave., Boulder, CO

Category: General


3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Denver Performing Arts Complex

14th and Curtis streets, Denver, CO

Category: General

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