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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Photos: Great Divide Brewing Breaks Ground on Its River North Campus


Although demolition began last week, Great Divide Brewing officially broke ground Tuesday on its planned $38.2 million, five-acre brewing campus on the banks of the South Platte River in Denver's River North neighborhood.

Brian Dunn, who founded the brewery in 1994 on Araphahoe Street, rode into the ceremony in a bucket truck alongside the company's mascot, a fluffy white yeti -- namesake to Yeti Imperial Stout, Great Divide's most sought-after beer.

"I never imagined that this is what it would become," he said, surveying the construction site and addressing Great Divide's roots as a tiny brewery.

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Hosea Rosenberg to Serve Breakfast in Blackbelly Market's Parking Lot Until Restaurant Opens

Blackbelly Market.
Blackbelly Market's food truck, "Darth Tater."
Hosea Rosenberg is a pretty big name in the area, ever since he won season five of Food Network's Top Chef. That's why residents who may not otherwise follow the Front Range restaurant scene are still interested in Rosenberg's soon-to-open Blackbelly Market, a restaurant, market and butcher shop that will focus on meats from his own Blackbelly Farms. No stranger to promotion, Rosenberg is giving his fans a sneak preview by serving breakfast in the Blackbelly parking lot from his food truck, which he calls "Darth Tater," starting Monday at 7 a.m. until the food runs out each morning.

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Arizona Company Posts Liquor License Hearing Notice for Postino LoHi Wine Cafe

The liquor board hearing notice for Postino LoHi.
Neighbors and frequent visitors to LoHi are probably familiar with the Denver Book Binding Company building on the corner of 17th and Erie; it has been there since 1962, long before scenesters slapped the moniker on the hillside neighborhood. The historic book-binding business (operating continuously in Denver since 1929) moved out of the spot, which has been vacant since this time last year. But now it looks like a new tenant -- another addition to the already packed LoHi bar and restaurant scene -- will be moving in. Upward Projects, operators of four wine bars in the Phoenix area, has applied for a liquor license (under the name Short Cast, LLC) as a major step toward opening Postino LoHi.

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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

Mark Antonation
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

Mark Antonation
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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