This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed The Plimoth, a new spot that may help transform a long-ignored neighborhood. Lori Midson talked to chef Eric Cimino of Luca D'Italia about what it's like to work in one of Frank Bonanno's kitchens, what he would eat for dinner if he could have anything, anywhere, and more in this week's Chef and Tell. And Mark Antonation found some local charm at McCoy's in A Federal Case.
Danielle Lirette A dish at The Plimoth.
Jake's Brew Bar in downtown Littleton is expanding into the building next door, doubling its indoor capacity and adding a 1,500-square-foot beer garden in back.
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Dinner and a movie has always been a dating-world staple.
Ben Landreth Red Kitchen's full service kitchen.
While you engaged in small talk over dinner, it's comforting to know that if you run out of conversation, the action on the silver screen will soon fill those dreaded, awkward silences. Not to mention that the action could move off the screen into the seats of the dimly lit theater if the date is going well (just be careful not to kick the seats in front of you....) And for established couples, dinner and a movie is a great way to get out of not just the kitchen, but the house. Much to daters' delight, the recently remodeled AMC theater in Southlands has turned the dinner-and-a-movie combo into one seamless experience with surprisingly good food.
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Danielle Lirette Yasmin Lozada-Hissom's orange olive-oil cake is a fine finish to a meal at Spuntino.
In anticipation of the Best of Denver, we've already shared our list of the ten best new restaurants in Denver -- spots that opened in 2013 that are all contenders for the Best New Restaurant award. But last year, we also saw many restaurants close and then reopen -- sometimes in new places, sometimes with new formats, sometimes with both -- but always with the same name. Keep reading for our five best new-old restaurants (listed in alphabetical order).
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The hottest restaurant story of the week wasn't on Cafe Society but on our news blog, where Michael Roberts reported about a local waitress who got bustedafter lifting a customer's debit card at Rome's Saloon. And then there was actual news about the Denver dining scene: Kevin Taylor's Restaurant Kevin Taylor will be closingat Hotel Teatro at the end of the month, with Prima soon to follow.
Danielle Lirette Potato and leek soup at Bocadillo.
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After over fifteen years, Bacaro Venetian Taverna will close its doors for good late tonight. But the restaurant is going out with a bang: After a month-long farewell February celebration, the establishment is throwing a final Mardi Gras bash tonight.
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Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday (and National Pancake Day), and although we may not be in New Orleans, Denver definitely knows how to celebrate. Fat Tuesday originally got its name from the practice of eating lots of rich and fatty foods before the ritual fasting for Lent, which starts Wednesday. Over time, it evolved into something far more decadent, even risqué -- but the practice of overindulging remains. There are plenty of ways to indulge in Denver before Ash Wednesday -- and for those who aren't fasting, plenty of ways to enjoy yourself the rest of the week as well. Here's a taste of what's on the culinary calendar.
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This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz visited the mild, mild West for her review of The Curtis Club. Aniedra Nichols, executive chef at Elway's Cherry Creek, dished on why she dislikes burgers and tacos, her favorite ingredients and more in her Chef and Tell interview. And Mark Antonation, now close to completing his trek up Federal Boulevard, stopped at La Nortena for the latest installment of A Federal Case.
Danielle Lirette Welcome to the mild, mild West: Inside The Curtis Club.
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Yes, the big news in February was the long-awaited debut of Trader Joe's in Colorado -- and the company opened a trio of stores on Valentine's Day. But the Denver dining scene also welcomed more than a dozen new restaurants, and also said goodbye to a few longtime institutions. Keep reading for our Restaurant Roll Call for February 2014.
Lori Midson The ghost of Fagan's lives on at Atticus, near the University of Denver.
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