Meow! Former Litigator Hopes to Open Denver's First Cat Cafe

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Sana Hamelin and her cat Little One
Sana Hamelin used to be a corporate litigator. Now she's an entrepreneur looking to create Denver's first cat cafe. Cats, coffee, books and art would all be featured at the Denver Cat Company -- if Hamelin can just raise the money to open her place. Currently her crowdfunding campaign is far from the $50,000 goal, and the deadline is just days away.

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The Cupcakes Keep on Coming: Smallcakes to Open a Second Colorado Location

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Cupcakes from Smallcakes Cupcakery
Some dessert devotees may be hailing the end of the cupcake, which seems to have wormed its way into every strip mall (and TV channel) in America by now, but that certainly isn't stopping the bakers behind them. After our recent story on cupcake chain Sweet Arleen's Bakery looking to dip its toes into the Denver market, reader response ranged from excitement over more of the frosting-topped treat in the Mile High City to mere boredom with cupcakes: one reader commented, "sorry girl, everyone over here is still tweaking over voodoo doughnuts."

Despite potential sugar saturation in Denver's cupcake market, Arleen wasn't scared. And it seems neither is Heidi Hamilton, the co-owner of Smallcakes Cupcakery in Lone Tree. She's set to open up a second location of the bakery in the Belmar district of Lakewood this September.

See also: The top ten doughnuts in Denver


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P.F. Chang's Announces Credit Card Data Stolen From 33 Restaurants

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This morning, P.F. Chang's CEO Rick Federico released a statement indicating that the U.S. Secret Service had alerted the company to a credit card security breach on June 10 involving data theft from as many as 33 of its North American locations, but that the company was safely processing cards again as early as June 11. This may be of interest to Denverites who have dined and used credit cards at the Lakewood P.F. Chang's, which the company says "may have been compromised."

But the revelation isn't exactly new information; news sources and electronic-security blogs have been including the incident in lists of the biggest credit-card data breaches of all time, while Info Security Magazine reported the theft of customer data the same day that P.F Chang's says they were initially informed.

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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.

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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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