Reader: Don't Blame Gentrification, Blame a Bad Business Model

Danielle Lirette
The Noshery opened this summer across the street from Regis University.
Gretchen Kurtz just reviewed The Noshery, a bakery-cafe that she says is the kind of place every neighborhood needs. But does the neighborhood itself need to change? That's a big question across northwest Denver, including the area by Regis University where Andrea Knight opened the Noshery.

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Reader: Prop 105 Is About Scientific Illiteracy and Irrational Fear

Chipotle founder Steve Ells supports Proposition 105.
Have you decided how you're voting on Proposition 105, the ballot measure that would require food that has been genetically modified or treated with genetically modified material to be labeled "Produced With Genetic Engineering." This week, Chipotle officially endorsed 105-- which does not apply to restaurants. "Fundamentally, we believe that people have a right to know what's in the food they eat," chairman and co-CEO Steve Ells said in a statement announcing Chipotle's position. "Consumers want this information, and we are already giving it to them. But well-funded opposition groups continue to fight labeling efforts, with opponents putting their own profits ahead of consumer preferences."

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Reader: Enough of Those Hip Spots -- the Senada Bakery Has Hunks!

Danielle Lirette
Andrea Knight opened The Noshery this summer.
This week Gretchen Kurtz reviewed The Noshery, a bakery-cafe that's a welcome addition to northwest Denver -- and just the kind of place that every neighborhood should have. Fortunately, many neighborhoods around town have their own great hangouts, including the five bakery-cafes profiled here.

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Reader: The Pizza Here Is Inferior Compared to Every Other City

The new Modmarket pizza.
Denver is home to many fast-casual chains, including a couple that that focus on pizza: Pizzeria Locale (brought to us by the folks at Frasca in a partnership with Chipotle founder Steve Ells) and Live Basil (from the Smashburger team). Homegrown mini-chain Modmarket is emphasizing its pizza, too, and now Project Pie has come from Seattle to carve out a slice of the Denver market. But are all these efforts improving the pizza scene here?

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Reader: If You Would Rather Go to an Art or Rockabilly Bar, Remember to Wear Your Skirt

DADA Art Bar -- no remote needed!
Fall Sundays could be state holidays, as Denver Bronco fans flock to local watering holes to worship their team and drink plenty of beer. But there are still many people who'd rather keep the taps on and the TV off, and so last week we served up our five best bars for not watching the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

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Reader: Quit Feeding Us Hipster Fine Dining Stories!

Danielle Lirette
Pork rillete at The Plimoth.
We're about to top 200 comments on our story on Denver's first cat cafe, and dozens of people lobbed meatballs at our list of the ten best old-school Italian restaurants, rolled out for the Columbus Day weekend. And what worries this reader?

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Reader: I Hope Casa Bonita Never Closes

Casa Bonita turned forty this year, but time has not stood still in the Lakewood strip mall that holds the world's weirdest Mexican restaurant. Just as Casa Bonita was marking its fortieth birthday in May, the JCRS shopping center was sold for $8 million. The new owners plan to rename the complex Lamar Station Plaza, and give it an upgrade that includes better lighting, an improved parking lot and upgraded facades. By all accounts, Casa Bonita will stay -- but will it stay the same?

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Reader: Enough Bitching and Bitterness -- How About Some Positive Things About This Place?

Lechuga's has new owners, but serves the same old recipes in Highland.
Red-sauce joints have been closing all over town, but there are still plenty to celebrate. Still, our list of the ten best old-school Italian restaurants in Denver led to a lengthy discussion of changes in northwest Denver -- officially Highland, but known for decades as the Northside, and once the heart of this city's Italian community. While one reader praises the changes in Berkeley to the West, another blames yuppies for ruining the culture of the Northside.

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Reader: The Northside Ruined? Berkeley Is Only Getting Better

Pagliacci's, a Northside landmark for fifty years, closed in August 2012.
Our list of Denver's top old-school Italian restaurants inspired many memories of classic Northside red-sauce joints that have closed -- Pagliacci's, Little Pepina's, Carbone's, Longo's Subway Tavern -- and also a heated discussion of whether the people moving into what's now generally called Highland (or LoHi) have ruined the neighborhood and culture, as one reader suggests.

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Reader: Snooze Is Paradise -- Just Don't Go on Weekends

The original Snooze, which created a craze -- and long waits.
Can there ever be too much of a good thing? Our comparison of the brunch at the two downtown Snooze locations has led to a major discussion of that homegrown chain -- as well as some other local restaurants that readers consider overrated. But now Snooze supporters are fighting back.

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Reader Says Snooze Is the Most Overrated Restaurant in Denver

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