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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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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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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