Elevation Charcuterie & Artisan Meats Aiming for March Opening

Elevation Charcuterie
Butcher Chad Nelan has been working to perfect his sausage and cured meat recipes for the past two years, making it his sole focus over the past few months after leaving his job at Tony's Market. His goal is to open his own company, Elevation Charcuterie and Artisan Meats, by March next year to supply several varieties of salami, pancetta, lonza, coppa, culatello and other cured meats to restaurants, grocery stores and specialty markets in Denver and across the country. To help fund the program, Nelan and partner Alex Windes launched a Kickstarter campaign this week to help build a USDA-approved production facility.

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Fractured Prune Doughnuts Set to Break Into the Denver Market

Doughnuts have become a big business in Denver since Dunkin' Donuts made a comeback in Colorado and Voodoo Doughnut opened its first non-Oregon store on East Colfax last year. Now a new national player in the fried-dough game is coming to Denver -- and it may just have the worst name of any eatery around. Fractured Prune Doughnuts, a chain out of Ocean City, Maryland, will open its first Denver shop on South Colorado Boulevard in late January or early February, according to a Fractured Prune spokesperson. The company has a story to go with that name, though, and a unique way of serving doughnuts.

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Brik on York to Open in Former Movie House on Colfax

Mark Antonation
Over the last century, the space at 2223 East Colfax Avenue has been a movie theater and a watch-repair shop and not much else. But the watch shop closed earlier this year when the 92-year-old owner retired after four decades in business, and wine aficionado Travis Gee decide it was time for something new. With a level-two certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and extensive travels in many of the world's great wine-producing regions, Gee realized he wanted to share his knowledge and travels by opening a wine bar with a neighborhood vibe and a wood-burning pizza oven. Construction on his new eatery, Brik on York, began earlier this fall; he plans to have the doors open to the public by March of 2015.

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The Snarf's Empire Expands With a New Sandwich Shop Opening on 38th Avenue

Mark Antonation
Snarf's doesn't often come up on the list of Colorado's fast-casual exports. While the image of the the a funky little sandwich shop that started in Boulder in 1996 under the guidance of sandwich fanatic Jim Seidel is still important to the company, Snarf's has slowly been infiltrating Denver's neighborhoods -- and beyond. With the most recent branch of Snarf's set to open at 38th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard in the next few weeks, the list has grown to 21 current and under-construction locations, with eight of those outside of Colorado -- Austin, Chicago and St. Louis, to be exact.

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Stout Street Social Preps for Early December Opening

Mark Antonation
The push is on for new restaurants to open before year-end. While Thanksgiving week is generally a quiet time, two anticipated eateries -- D Bar and Blackbird -- are swinging their doors open to customers this week. A flurry of activity should bring in at least a few others in the coming month, including Stout Street Social, which plans to open its expansive, 250-seat space on the ground floor of the Embassy Suites -- directly across the street from the Colorado Convention Center -- on December 9. Stout Street Social is the latest from Frank Day's Concept Restaurants, the restaurant group that also operates Humboldt, Ignite Burgers & Lounge and the Rialto Cafe.

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Denver Diner Remodeling, With "Grand Re-Opening Coming Soon"

The Denver Diner has been an institution for decades, one of the few 24/7 spots around, a hang-out for people coming off work or a night of partying. But the place has been closed since October 12, after an early-morning fire cleared the room. The Denver Diner is still wrapped up tight, but there are signs that the joint will be sticking around for decades to come -- although perhaps with a new look.

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Humble Pie Signs Lease for New Location on Colfax

Humble Pie
When Humble Pie closed its shop in the Baker neighborhood this fall, the owners said they hoped to re-open in a bigger space and expand the concept with a full bar and larger menu. Now co-owner Jessica Dolgan says the deal is done: Humble Pie will reopen next year in a new spot on East Colfax Avenue. "It's nice to get this place under lease," says Dolgan who opened the original pie shop with partner Tamara Brink in 2012.

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30,000 Square-Foot Liquor Store to Open in Town of Eight Residents

Mark Antonation
Lakeside, Colorado, located on the shores of scenic Lake Rhoda, boasts a Walmart, an amusement park that's over 100 years old, and a total population of eight people, including Rhoda Krasner, for whom the lake is named. Lakeside is also about to become home to Molly's Spirits, a high-tech beer, wine and liquor superstore set to open later this month.

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Milk & Honey Slowly Takes Shape in Historic Larimer Square Spot

Milk & Honey
The empty space in the promenade that connects Larimer Street with the brick courtyard that currently serves as an entrance and front patio for Bistro Vendome isn't very obvious. Apart from a couple of papered-over windows and an empty sunken patio, there's not much evidence that Lime Cantina was once there, or that chef and restaurateur Michael Shiell is almost ready to open Milk & Honey, his 150-seat underground bar and restaurant that will mark his first Denver eatery since Michael's closed in Cherry Creek over a decade ago.

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Waffle Up Moving into Humble Pie Space in Baker

Mark Antonation
It seems a shame to not have a baker in the Baker neighborhood. Pie specialists Humble Pie moved out in September to find bigger digs, leaving a void in the market. Now Waffle Up, which started as a food truck just over a year ago, will be filling that void with yeast-risen, Liege-style waffles in sweet and savory varieties as well as other breakfast items and a full espresso bar serving coffee from Broadway's own Corvus Coffee.

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