Work & Class to Celebrate One-Year Anniversary With a Charity Costume Bash

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Danielle Lirette
Work & Class has been serving good meat for almost a year.
In less than a year, Work & Class has made some big waves in the Denver dining scene. With plenty of praise for the food, atmosphere and beyond-friendly staff, it comes as little surprise to find the place packed every night. Come 2015, the Work & Class family will mark one very successful year in business, which calls for a celebration. On January 26, a $45 (pre-ordered) ticket will get you in the door to an all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink charity bash of fun and delicious proportions. Tickets for the party go on sale New Year's Day on the Work & Class website.

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Reader: D Note Closing Is a Huge Loss for the Community

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Our Backbeat blog shared the sad news yesterday: D Note, a mainstay in Arvada for a dozen years, will close on January 3. When the DeGraff family sold the spot two years ago to Dave and Mernie Rosenberg, live music became as integral to the spot as the pizza that had made so many fans. But after the new owners fell behind on rent, "the landlord pulled our lease," Dave says. "That's the way it goes. It's a tough business. We tried to do right by the bands. It's just that Olde Town is changing a little bit. I don't know if it's a good thing that we're getting out but we'll find out down the road."

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Nectar House Closes Its Doors After One Year

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After exactly one year, the vegan cafe and elixir bar Nectar House is closing its doors. Located inside the lobby of the Kindness Yoga Studio on South Broadway, the business was doing pretty well, according to co-owner Piper Rose, but she feels that it's simply time to move on. The doors will officially close on New Year's Day, but on New Year's Eve, Rose is throwing a goodbye dance party.

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Reader: Starting With Chipotle, Fast Casual Is Bland, Upscale Fast Food

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Danielle Lirette
Biju's Little Curry House is unique...for now.
Denver has given birth to many fast-casual efforts, from the giant Chipotle to Smashburger to the just-opened, one-of-a-kind Biju's Little Curry House. But after we rounded up the ten best new fast-casual spots in Denver last week, some readers made it clear they don't find the fast-casual concept very appetizing.

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Crema Coffee House Keeps Brewing Up Change in River North

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Kristin Pazulski
Crema offers multiple roasters every day.
Crema Coffee House is arguably one of the pioneers of the River North neighborhood. Owner Noah Price opened the hole in the wall cafe at Larimer and 29th streets five years ago. At the time, the the tiny space fit a dozen or so people comfortably; the rest of the building was rented out as studio space for artists.

Today, Crema is one of many hot spots on Larimer north of 25th Street, a stretch also includes The Populist -- co-owned by Price -- and the upcoming Finn's Manor, Price's food truck pod and cocktail bar.

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Four More Denver Restaurant Transformations in 2014

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The new Maria Empanada in Platt Park.
In a year jam-packed with bar and restaurant openings, it was sometimes a relief to find comfort in familiar favorites. But even a few of these took advantage of the favorable economic climate to improve on already successful formulas. Two of them closed and remodeled; reopening as larger versions of what had already endeared them to faithful customers. Two more found new homes, gaining extra space, modern ambiance and bigger menus.

Here's a look at four more transformations that brought a few of our favorite hidden gems into the spotlight.

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Basil Doc's in Crestmoor to Add Breakfast Burritos, Rise & Shine Moving Out

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Basil Doc's has been turning out pizza since 1996 under the direction of owner Mike Miller. While the Crestmoor location isn't the original store (the first
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, near Washington Park, is still turning out pizzas), Miller is now focusing his attentions on the little spot tucked in a row of shops on Holly Street, changing the name to Basil Doc's Bistro and Burrito Bar and beginning breakfast service on January 9. Pizza will still be the name of the game from 4 to 9 p.m. daily, but coffee, breakfast burritos and pastries will be available starting at 7 a.m. every morning.

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Tables, D Bar, Argyll: A Trio of Transformations in 2014

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Mark Antonation
D Bar Denver made a sweet -- and savory -- comeback in Uptown.
With the year drawing to a close, it's time to look back on the top trends of 2014. The most important -- the one driving all the other trends -- is sheer growth. More than 300 bars and restaurants flung open their doors this year in the metro area, enough that you could eat at a new one every day from now until next fall, and still not sit down in the same place with the same menu twice.

But not all restaurants making headlines were fresh-out-of-the-box new. This was also a year of transformations and comebacks. Here's a look at three:

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Reader: Why does "Best" Always Equal "Most Expensive"?

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Danielle Lirette
Cart-Driver pizza: Do you have enough dough?
A record number of restaurants opened in metro Denver in 2014. Although a few more could sneak in before the ball drops on 2015, last week we took a look back over the restaurant action of the past year and served up our Fifteen Best New Restaurants of Metro Denver in 2014 . So far.

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Roasted for Broasted! We Get Fried for the Wrong Use of a Term

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Inside Block & Larder -- can you see the Broaster?
Food lesson for the day: Broasted is a trademarked word. Who knew?

Apparently not the Forgy brothers, who just opened Block & Larder, which features "broasted rabbit" on its menu. But even though that rabbit is cooked in a pressure fryer built by the Broaster Company of Beloit, Wisconsin, you can't call it "broasted." Delicious, yes. But not broasted.

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