Fridays at The Kitchen Next Door: a second helping of Cafe Society, July 28-August 1

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Danielle Lirette
Is The Kitchen Next Door the next TGI Fridays?
This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz visited the latest outpost of The Kitchen -- The Kitchen Next Door Glendale -- and realized it could be the next TGI Fridays...in spirit, if not execution. We also talked about building sandwiches and a life in Colorado with Stack Subs owner Rick Koerner in Chef and Tell.

See also: State of the Union: A second helping of Cafe Society, July 21-25

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Over forty new spots join the Denver dining scene: Our Restaurant Roll Call for July

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Jake Shane
Snooze opened this month in the renovated Union Station.
June might have been a record-breaking month for restaurant openings, but July has already stolen the crown, with over forty new spots making an appearance -- everything from the stylish Stoic & Genuine in the renovated Union Station to the eclectic Syntax Physic Opera on South Broadway. Keep reading for a summary of all the action in our Restaurant Roll Call for July.

See also: Our Restaurant Roll Call for June

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Dinner Lab, a pop-up restaurant concept, expands to Denver

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All photos provided by Dinner Lab
Pop-up restaurants aren't new to Denver; they hit their peak of popularity in the dark days of the Great Recession, when one-night private-supper clubs in unusual locations were a feasible way for out-of-work chefs to bring in a few dollars while providing high-end cuisine to cash-strapped food lovers. While cash can still be hard to come by, over the past couple of years new restaurant openings have proceeded at a breathtaking pace. Cooks of all levels of skill and accomplishment barely have time to sharpen their knives, much less pull off invite-only dinners unlikely to build loyal customers or lead to higher-paying jobs. But New Orleans-based Dinner Lab thinks it has found a way to profit from the pop-up trend while also offering more benefits to up-and-coming cooks and chefs.

See also: Monkey Town 4: The future is here, and it's lovely

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State of the Union: A second helping of Cafe Society, July 21-25

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Danielle Lirette
Kings BBQ is smokin' in northwest Denver.
This week in Cafe Society, critic Gretchen Kurtz plunged into the great barbecue debate after visiting to Kings BBQ. For Chef and Tell, we checked in with Alex Seidel about the status of his new restaurant, Mercantile Dining & Provision, which will be opening around Labor Day in the newly refurbished Union Station that opens tomorrow, with a trainload of new restaurants.

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Rosenberg's Bagel & Deli grand opening tomorrow after a grand soft opening

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Kristin Pazulski
The lines haven't slowed since Rosenberg's soft opening on July 15.
Rosenberg's Bagel & Deli will host its official grand opening tomorrow, July 26, from 6 a.m. (come early for a thank-you gift) to 3 p.m. Owner Josh Pollack had originally planned to celebrate with a local block party, but he's been a little busy lately. In fact, since the soft opening of the new bagel deli less than two weeks ago, Pollack hasn't stopped moving.

See also: Rosenberg's Deli rolls out real New York-style bagels in Five Points

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From Baere to Snooze, a dozen openings: A second helping of Cafe Society, July 14-18

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Danielle Lirette
Bison tartare at Guard and Grace.
This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz visited Troy Guard's "modern steakhouse," Guard and Grace, which didn't quite live up to expectations -- or its hefty price tag. For Chef and Tell, Mark Antonation talked to Dave Query of the Big Red F about being the first owner of Q's in the Hotel Boulderado, which closed last week. But the big news was all at the newly renovated Union Station, where restaurants continue to open, helping to push the Denver dining scene to what could be a record number of openings this week. The Kitchen Next Door Union Station was among them, making its debut on Monday, complete with the circa 1950 Union Station Restaurant sign that's now fully lit up.

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Rosenberg's Deli rolls out real New York-style bagels in Five Points

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Kristin Pazulski
Rosenberg's bagels are truly New York-style, down to the molecular structure of the water.
Rosenberg's Bagels and Delicatessen, the creation of finance-manager-turned-bagel-man Josh Pollack, got rolling in Five Points this week. The grand opening won't be celebrated until Saturday, July 26, but the place is already drawing a crowd -- and with good reason.

See also: Photos: Molecularly engineered water has New York-style bagels on the rise at Gather

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Trading greens for greenbacks now legal in Denver -- with a "cottage foods" permit

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Emerald O'Brien
As it turns out, your kid's lemonade stand might not be technically legal in the Mile High City. Neither was selling veggies that you grew yourself until Monday night, when Denver City Council passed a zoning amendment allowing the sale of home-grown food -- both raw produce and items prepared from it. This new rule is an extension of the 2012 Colorado "Cottage Foods Bill" that allowed some types of food to be sold from homes without a license, but did not include produce. Now Denver has closed that loophole.

Starting Friday, July 18, Denver residents can apply for a permit to home-sell. This is a one-time, $20 application, and will allow you to sell anything you grew in your yard.

See also: "Cottage food bill" that would allow farmers to sell directly to consumers signed into law

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Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids evacuated after employees sickened; restaurant remains closed

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Employees of Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids in Longmont were forced to evacuate the restaurant just after noon yesterday after experiencing respiratory problems and nausea. According to Longmont Police Department spokesman Jeff Satur, seventeen employees were taken to area hospitals -- eight to Longmont United Hospital and nine with less serious symptoms to the Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette -- for exposure to what was at first thought to be a refrigerant leak.

See also: The secret's out on Le Jardin Secret, a farmers' market coming to Larimer Square


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All aboard for a second helping of Cafe Society, July 7-11

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Danielle Lirette
LowDown Brewery + Kitchen.
This week in Cafe Society, reviewer Gretchen Kurtz visited LowDown Brewery + Kitchen , which offered great beers and surprisingly healthy food to pair with them. President Barack Obama came through town, making stops at Wazee Supper Club and Wynkoop Brewery. We launched a new series called "Yeah, I Ate That," starting with the famous Doggfather from Moontower Tacos. With the sad passing of Thunderbird Lounge, we updated our list of Denver's ten best dive bars. And we counted down the ten best rooftops patios in Denver, because it's July and nothing says summer like enjoying a drink and a view of the city skyline or mountains. Or both...


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