First Look: BSide Brings Fried Chicken and Community to City Park

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Kevin Galaba
The BSide opened Wednesday in City Park.
Way back when record companies issued 45 rpm records in advance of a full album release, those little black discs had two sides; the A-side was the radio-friendly song that the producer hoped would become a hit. Songs on the B-side, however, weren't always considered a band's best work. But those B-sides featured songs that revealed a band making music because that's what they loved to do, and not necessarily for those songs to become hits. That's the tune that reverberates through the City Park neighborhood's newest restaurant, BSide, opened by Star Bar owner Justin Lloyd. Lloyd says that philosophy touches everything you'll experience when you walk in the front door -- the cocktails, the beer, the food, the decor and the service.

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First Look: Tokio Stakes a Ramen Claim in the Prospect Neighborhood

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All photos by Danielle Lirette
After almost twenty years on Old South Gaylord, Miki Hashimoto closed Japon last fall...but while he was leaving Washington Park, he promised that he was not leaving Denver's restaurant scene altogether. This spring, he revealed that he would be opening Tokio, a Japanese restaurant in the cluster of condos and apartments between Coors Field and I-25 known as Prospect. Tokio is now open; photographer Danielle Lirette recently stopped in at the restaurant, which specializes in ramen, sushi and binchotan-grilled meats. Keep reading for a taste of Tokio.

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First Look: Spruce in the Hotel Boulderado Promises Farm and Fish

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Mark Antonation
The Hotel Boulderado has built up plenty of character over the last 100 years or so of continuous operation, but even proud edifices with tradition and history behind them can stand an occasional sprucing up. So this summer the hotel revamped its restaurant -- operating in the same space since the Boulderado opened in 1909 -- with a new name, menu and atmosphere. The result, revealed Monday, is called Spruce after the street outside the hotel, and promises "fresh and locally focused" fare from chef Shawn Murrell.

See also: First Look: Corner Bar and License No. 1 Now Pouring at the Boulderado

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Glitzy Dorchester Social Eatery Opening in LoDo Saturday

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Mark Antonation
The main dining room and bar at Dorchester.
Dorchester Social Eatery opens tomorrow in a prime slice of real estate at 15th and Market streets, on a block where the young and chic often club away the night with champagne, house music and expensive outfits. While offering a full dinner menu of continent-hopping entrees as well as smaller samplings for lunch and happy hour, the glitzy interior and minimal seating (the dining room and bar will seat 70) are clear indications that the restaurant is aiming for a later crowd -- think Chloe (or Lavish, the space's previous incarnation) with a dinner menu rather than Larimer Street dining destinations Rioja or Osteria Marco.

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Cart-Driver Heats Up RiNo With Wood-Fired Pizza

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All photos by Philip Poston
Chef-owner Kelly Whitaker -- of Boulder's Basta fame -- brings his wood-fired cooking skills to Denver with Cart-Driver, his tribute to Italian street food tucked into a tiny spot in the 2500 Larimer retail center built primarily from re-purposed shipping containers. Featuring raw oysters, pizza and other Italian-influenced and flame-kissed offerings in a fast-casual setting, Cart-Driver also offers prepared dinners that customers can heat up at home.

Our photographer Philip Poston visited Cart-Driver, capturing one of those wood-fired pizzas, plus some of the eatery's unique interior.

See also: Photos: It's Sugar Opens at The Denver Pavilions

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Photos: BurgerFi Is Now Burgerfying Broadway

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All photos by Philip Poston
Earlier this spring we brought news that California all-natural burger chain BurgerFi had started construction on Broadway. The fast-casual burger eatery, which gets its name from its stated goal of the "burgerfication of the nation," began flipping beef late last week for what may be an already-burgerfied Denver market. Our photographer stopped by to give you a peek into the place.

See also: BurgerFi, a "better burger" joint, will open on Broadway

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Photos: It'Sugar opens at the Denver Pavilions

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All photos by Philip Poston
Downtown just got a whole lot sweeter. It'Sugar, a candy shop, has opened its brightly colored doors in the Denver Pavilions, providing a place for kids, passersby and anyone else with a sweet tooth to get their candy fix. We sent photographer Philip Poston to check out this city's latest sweet shop; keep reading for a taste.

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The Nickel brings change to the Hotel Teatro

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All photos by Kevin Galaba
After Restaurant Kevin Taylor and Prima closed in the Hotel Teatro earlier this year, the hotel spent a pretty penny on renovating the space (which encompassed more than just the restaurant footprint). In May, the hotel announced that a new restaurant, called the Nickel, would open featuring rustic charm and a Rocky Mountain-inspired menu. The Nickel is now open as of yesterday; we stopped by before opening hours to grab a few photos.

See also: Exclusive: Restaurant Kevin Taylor and Prima closing at the Hotel Teatro

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First Look: Prost Fine Beers and Sausages now open in Highland

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The facade of the newly opened Prost on West 32nd
A new face is showing itself in the Highland neighborhood: Prost Fine Beers and Sausages is now open. Amid the trendy bars and hipster joints, Prost is an unassuming little beer hall tucked into West 32nd Avenue, taking the spot formerly held by Asian-Mexican spot BOA. Bedecked in dark wood with Bavarian-inspired touches, Prost may just fool you into thinking you're in Munich ordering a liter of Hofbräu at a long, bierhall-style table or in the large biergarten out back.

See also: Prost Brewing and Prost Fine Beer and Sausages aren't two of a kind

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Chop Shop, "a modern American grill with global influences," opens on East Colfax

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Courtesy of Chop Shop
On a stretch of East Colfax Avenue known more for Ethiopian cuisine and dive bars than for destination dining, Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery, a new take on fast-casual with a "steakhouse-inspired" menu, hopes to tap into the pent-up needs of Hale, Montclair and Park Hill residents. After opening soft for those neighbors over the past two weeks, Chop Shop held its official grand opening yesterday.

See also: Troy Guard's Bubu opens Thursday in place of TAG|Raw Bar

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