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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Hosea Rosenberg's Blackbelly Market Takes Shape in Boulder

Mark Antonation
"It's great -- but it's also been stressful," says Hosea Rosenberg on being so close to finally opening his own restaurant. Blackbelly Market has been slowly taking shape in its shopping center location on the east side of Boulder, and the Top Chef winner, food-truck operator and caterer says that, barring any further unforeseen circumstances, the eatery and market should be opening in the first or second week of November.

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RT Cafe Taking Over Drew's Denver Deli Space

Adam Roy
The vacant space on Lincoln could soon have a new tenant.
We had high hopes when brothers Andrew and David Marx opened Drew's Denver Deli in the home of the original Spicy Pickle two years ago; Andrew already had experience in the sandwich business at Jimmy & Drew's in Boulder, which earned accolades from Esquire after opening in 2006. But Jimmy & Drew's is gone (its former address now belongs to Thai Kitchen), and Drew's closed this summer. Now, though, there are signs of life in the space at 988 Lincoln Street.

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Cucina Colore Looking to Expand into Neighboring Space

Nancy Levine
Cucina Colore has occupied its quiet corner of Third Avenue in Cherry Creek North for twenty years, making a few changes along the way (like adding a happy hour with Venetian-style cicchetti small plates in 2010). But now there are signs of bigger activity afoot.

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Wonderbowl -- Not KFC -- Opening on South Federal

Mark Antonation
A couple of months ago, I reported with disappointment that the restaurant under construction at 925 South Federal Boulevard was nothing more than a KFC in the making (according to the construction permit in the window). My disappointment has turned to curiosity, though, because as I drove through the intersection yesterday, I saw a new sign -- not for the Colonel and his red-and-white striped bucket, but for Wonderbowl Vietnamese Restaurant.

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