Reader: Out-of-Staters, Craft Beer and Pot Can Be a Tricky Combo

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Oskar Blues holiday card -- greetings from Colorado!
The city will be flooded this week with people in town for the Great American Beer Festival, and the fun will spill over into brewpubs and bars around Denver. But great craft beer isn't this state's only amenity. Since January, recreational pot has been legal here -- thanks to the 2012 passage of Amendment 64, whose supporters urged that "marijuana be treated like alcohol." Will the two complement each other during GABF? Or will we see the chaotic result of too much of two good things?

See also: Now That Weed Is Legal, Can It Co-Exist With Beer During the Great American Beer Festival?

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Reader: Everyone Likes Nostalgia and Kitsch, But the Food at These Old-Timers Sucks

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Saucy Noodle Ristorante turned fifty in August.
This summer saw a record number of eateries opening in metro Denver -- but many restaurants also celebrated big anniversaries, including New York Deli News (25th anniversary), Briarwood Inn (35th anniversary) and Wazee Supper Club (40th anniversary). And all of those are relative newcomers compared to Saucy Noodle Ristorante, which turned fifty in August, and Patsy's, which passed ninety in 2011. In celebration of these longtime survivors, we published a list of a dozen restaurant that have passed fifty -- and are still in the same family's hands.

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Are These Twelve Denver Restaurants Classics, or Should They Retire?

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Reader: Denver's Best Old-School Bars Are Disappearing

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Mark Antonation
The Wazee's dumbwaiter has been delivering beers for forty years.
Last week we rounded up a dozen restaurants that have lasted at least fifty years in the same family's hands. Compared to those long runs, the Wazee Supper Club is a relative newcomer: It just celebrated its fortieth birthday. And it changed hands more than a decade ago, moving from founder Angelo Karagas to the Wynkoop group.

See also: Breckenridge-Wynkoop CEO Lee Driscoll Talks about Wazee Supper Club's 40th Anniversary

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Reader: I Can't Even Drink One Rio Grande Marg -- Three at Frisco's Altitude?

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Mark Manger
Legendary Rio Grande margs -- only three to a customer.
The homegrown Rio Grande chain just opened its first new location in almost ten years up in Summit County, at 182 Lusher Court in Frisco. It's the perfect spot to stop after a leaf-peeping excursion this weekend. Because the gold in the hills isn't just those aspen turning colors: There's also plenty of Cuervo Gold in the Rio's margs -- so much, in fact, that the restaurant has a three-drink limit.

See also: Rio Grande Rolls Out New Tequila Drinks -- but the Secret Three-Limit Marg Remains a Fave

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Reader: Too Bad the Food in Some of These Places Tastes Fifty Years Old

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We're on our way to a record-breaking year for new restaurants opening in Denver. With all the action, it's easy to overlook some of the restaurants that have been around for years -- almost a hundred years, in the case of Blue Parrot, which is still in the founding family's hands. This week Gretchen Kurtz reviewed Saucy Noodle, which just marked its fiftieth birthday; Mark Antonation interviewed Lee Driscoll about the fortieth anniversary of the Wazee Supper Club. That makes it a relative newcomer compared to the dozen restaurants on our list of places that have lasted fifty years or more -- and are still run by members of the same family.

See also: Twelve Denver Restaurants That Have Hit Fifty -- and Are Still in the Family

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Reader: Why Do Most Restaurants Use So Much Salt and Sugar? Cheap Flavor

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Danielle Lirette
Where do you go for healthy food? Gretchen Kurtz gets that question a lot, and last week she reviewed LYFE Kitchen, a link in a California-based chain that wopened in Park Meadows last month. A meal at LYFE -- "Eat Good Food Everyday" --isn't supposed to just fill you up; it's supposed to make you feel good.

See also: LYFE Kitchen Has Good Intentions, But Needs More

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Reader: Chubby's Has Denver's Best Walk-up Window!

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While there are many small restaurants in Denver, some eateries are so tiny that they're really nothing more than walk-up windows. We posted a list of five of these little spots last week -- which led to a big debate on the burgers at Grandpa's Burger Haven.

See also: Five Walk-Up Windows to Hoof It to When You're Hungry

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Reader: After LoDo Letout, All the Bros Can Go to Glendale to Drink Until 4!

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Shotgun Willie's got a new building last year -- and now it has new hours.
Mike Dunafon, former mayor of Glendale and husband of Debbie Matthews, owner of Shotgun Willie's, is running for governor as a third-party candidate -- and it might as well be the Party party. Because as a major booster of Glendale's riverwalk project, he and other officials pushed for a 2011 state law that allows municipalities to establish "entertainment districts" that contain "common consumption areas." Glendale then established an entertainment district that includes the new CitySet project as well as Shotgun Willie's. And last month, a new municipal code took effect in Glendale that pushes back the time that bars in this area must stop serving to 4 a.m., two hours later than any other watering hole in the state. So far, Shotgun Willie's is the only place to take advantage of the new rule; it's now charging a $30 cover to get into the venue after 2 a.m, as a CBS 4 report notes.

See also: Glendale Is Set to Move Forward With Its Riverwalk Project

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Reader: Some Punkass Olive Garden Server Cut Me Off After Two Glasses of White Zin

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Olive Garden has had a tough month. Its new, "Never Ending Pasta Pass" promo was mocked by everyone from Jimmy Kimmel to Red Eye; more ominously, Starboard Value, an investor that's trying to gain control of Darden Restaurants, Olive Garden's owner, at the annual meeting October 10, slapped the chain with a nearly 300-page book on how the company is screwing up. Adding insult to injury, Jenn Wohletz offered her own five ways Olive Garden needs to get its act together.

See also: The Top Five Ways Olive Garden Needs to Get Its Act Together


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Reader: Johnson's Corner Cinnamon Rolls Are Big, But Taste Horrible

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Johnson's Corner cinnamon roll.
The news that Johnson's Corner, the iconic truck stop just north of the Berthoud exit on I-25, will soon be sold to TravelCenters of America drew many cries of "noooo" and "Welcome to corporate America." Members of the founding family -- Joe Johnson opened Johnson's Corner back in 1950 -- promise that the place will be business as usual and that the renowned cinnamon rolls will stay...but some folks are ready to say so long to those, too.

See also: Founding Family Selling Johnson's Corner to TravelCenters of America

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