Brian Laird Will Soon Have That Kitchen of His Own at Sarto's

Construction was continuing at Sarto's this morning.
It's been a long time coming -- but Brian Laird, who'd hoped to open Sarto's last fall, is finally nearing the finish line for his Italian restaurant and market. Back in early 2013, when Laird first talked to us about Sarto's, he said he hoped to create "a Northern Italian restaurant that's welcoming, friendly and affordable with a lightened, contemporary, localized and refined focus." He planned for an 85-seat dining room centered around a wood-fired oven, an eight-seat bar and two patios on this prime corner space in Jefferson Park that had previously held a frame shop/gallery.

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Brian Laird opening Sarto's in Jefferson Park

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Brewshine BBQ & Taphouse Aiming for September Opening on Federal Boulevard

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The address that was briefly the home of Illegal Pizza, which closed the same week that I wrote about it for A Federal Case, has been vacant since February. Now there's a new banner on the front of the building announcing that Brewshine BBQ and Tap House will open this month.

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Breckenridge Brewery's Massive Beer Campus Takes Shape in Littleton

When Breckenridge Brewery opens its $20 million, park-like beer campus on the banks of the South Platte River in April 2015, it will be unlike any other brewery in the state: The twelve-acre spot, tucked between two swaths of open space, Santa Fe Drive and the bike path along the river, will include a 100-barrel brewhouse with daily public tours, an 8,000 square-foot restaurant called the Farmhouse, a stage and two beer gardens facing the river -- all in a farm-like setting.

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City Stacks Books and Coffee Opening Soon in Downtown Denver

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The exterior of the soon-to-open City Stacks, under the blue awnings.
The coffee-shop bookstore is an urban tradition that almost vanished with the advent of the big-box bookstores in the 1990s, the rapid spread of Starbucks and the ease of online book purchasing. But with niche marketing and a specialized catalogue, the neighborhood book-and-coffee purveyor can still make a living. At least that's the hope of Ben and Kevin Gillies, father-and-son owners of the soon-to-open City Stacks Books and Coffee in LoDo, who plan to specialize in literature specific to urban living.

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Construction Watch: Denver Deep Dish Rising in LoHi

Denver Deep Dish has been operating out the back of Bar Car at Eighth and Colorado Boulevard for the past couple of years, earning lots of fans in the process. But owner and "Pizza Guy" Jason McGovern has had his eye on opening his own location for some time, and that plan is becoming reality with a new Denver Deep Dish under construction at 1200 West 38th Avenue and a liquor board hearing for the site scheduled for today at 1:30 p.m.

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Texas Burger Chain Hopdoddy to Open Soon by Union Station

Mark Antonation
Hopdoddy Burger Bar started in Austin, Texas, in 2010 and now has four locations in the Lone Star state, plus a fifth store in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hopdoddy has selected Denver for its sixth location; construction is well under way to open in the new building just northeast of Union Station some eight weeks from now.

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New Southern brunch spot Four Friends Kitchen to hold groundbreaking ceremony in Stapleton

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East 29th Avenue Town Center in Stapleton, the location for the planned Four Friends Kitchen

Proving that Denverites can't get enough of their brunch, Four Friends Kitchen, a new full-service breakfast, lunch and brunch joint, will hold its groundbreaking ceremony tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Stapleton's East 29th Avenue Town Center. The new restaurant-to-be is the dream of four friends and neighbors, Kurt and Sarah Pletcher and Tim and Genefer Thornton, and will provide a Southern-inspired menu to bring some comfort food into the morning routines of Stapleton's early (and not so early) risers.
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Georgia Boys BBQ plans a crowd-funding patio expansion in Frederick

Georgia Boys owners Matt Alexander and Nick Reckinger at their Shack -- now you can help them expand the Smokehouse.
Georgia Boys BBQ has been regularly filling the picnic tables at the Longmont house it turned into a barbecue shack back in 2011, and opened a second location in February, the much larger Georgia Boys Smokehouse and Sports Bar in Frederick, where carnivores are also packing the place. As much as diners like to complain about the state of barbecue in Colorado, it seems they can't get enough of it. And now Georgia Boys is looking to the community to help expand the Frederick spot with a back patio -- because the only thing better than a good rack of ribs is enjoying them in the Colorado sunshine.

See also: Georgia Boys BBQ now open in Longmont

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All aboard for Stoic & Genuine, opening Wednesday in Union Station

Inside the kitchen at Stoic & Genuine.
Even though the official grand opening of the renovated Union Station has been pushed back to July 26, Stoic & Genuine, the seafood restaurant created by Jen Jasinski and Beth Gruitch (the team behind Rioja, Bistro Vendôme and Euclid Hall), is ready to get in the swim, and plans to be open for lunch on Wednesday, July 9, with lunch and dinner service continuing seven days a week after that.

See also: A sneak peek at Stoic & Genuine's fish-anchored menu

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Park Burger opening in RiNo/Ballpark neighborhood this fall

You'll soon be able to get Denver's Best Veggie Burger in the RiNo/Ballpark neighborhood -- because Park Burger, the homegrown chain that got its start when Jean-Philippe Failyau opened his first spot in Platt Park five years ago, is on the move again.

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