Denver's Fourth Park Burger Opens in River North

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Mark Antonation
The new Park Burger wears its RiNo with pride.
Park Burger feels like a Denver institution even though owner Jean-Philippe Failyau opened the first one in Platt Park just under six years ago. Since then, he's added two more Park Burgers (one in Lower Highland and one in Hilltop), Park & Co. in Uptown, and a pizza place called Homegrown Tap & Dough to his growing stable of eateries (with a Park Burger in Kuwait scheduled to open later this year). And yesterday, he opened the doors to the newest Park Burger, this one a bar-centered, sporty space in River North that will offer an expanded menu, later hours and live music three nights a week in the young, hip neighborhood.

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Opens in Prospect Today

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Danielle Lirette
An Asian salad with seared tuna at Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
One of Denver's hottest new neighborhoods is rising on the footprint of one of its oldest: Over the past few years, Prospect Park has popped up in the old railyards by Coors Field in the Platte Valley. And now there's a neighborhood bar for this area: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, which the Tavern Hospitality Group will open today in the same complex at 29th and Huron Street that's already home to Tokio, a Santiago's outlet and a pizza joint. Like the other Tavern locations, WTF has a great rooftop deck from which you can see all the changes in the area -- but inside it has a different, more intimate look, as well as a smaller, curated menu. And while the bar is fully stocked, there's a big emphasis on whiskey -- more than ninety kinds. Keep reading for a look at this new watering hole, courtesy photographer Danielle Lirette.

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Roaming Buffalo Bar-B-Que Smokes it Up on South Downing

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Mark Antonation
A three-meat combo platter at Roaming Buffalo Bar-B-Que
Coy and Rachael Webb are paying homage to Colorado's barbecue roots at their new smokehouse, Roaming Buffalo Bar-B-Que, which just opened on Wednesday. Along with pork shoulder, beef brisket, house-made sausage and a few other specialties, the menu of smoked meats includes Colorado lamb shank and bison short ribs. Colorado native Rachael and Texan Coy want to reintroduce Denverites to regional traditions that died out with the population boom that brought newcomers from the South's many barbecue regions.

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The Chowder Room Brings Maritime Charm to Broadway

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Mark Antonation
Classic New England clam chowder, one of many varieties at the Chowder Room.
Matt and Carrie Stein ladled up the first bowl of clam chowder yesterday at the Chowder Room, one of the first Denver restaurants to open in 2015. We stopped by to check out the quaint maritime-themed dining room, the soups -- there will be three daily plus a vegan "chowder" -- and the rest of the brief but seafood-packed menu of traditional and regional recipes with a few modern twists.

Keep reading for more photos from the Chowder Room.

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City Stacks Books and Coffee Now Pouring Downtown

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Mark Antonation
City Stacks Books and Coffee opened in December on a block of Wazee Street downtown previously short on retail establishments. Father and son owners Kevin and Ben Gillies are aiming for a neighborhood coffeehouse ambiance with a selection of books geared toward city dwellers -- think architecture, design, sustainable food and container gardening -- but also with an ample list of other bookstore standards like fiction, travel, cooking and history.

Keep reading for more photos of the cafe and bookstore.

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Waffle Brothers Reopens a Few Blocks South of Original Shop

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Danielle Lirette
The new Waffle Brothers on the corner of 1st and Washington.
When Waffle Brothers closed on Corona Street in April last year, John Powers thought he and Rod Dupen would be able to reopen the waffle bar in its new location in just a couple of months. The gestation period turned out to be a little longer, but the new Waffle Brothers just opened the day after Christmas in its new spot just south of Speer Boulevard on a stretch of Washington Street that has seen a flurry of construction adding new apartments and businesses to the neighborhood. Photographer Danielle Lirette stopped by to check out the new, bigger cafe.

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First Look: Snarf's Opens Colorful New Sandwich Shop on 38th Avenue

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Danielle Lirette
Jim Seidel just opened his eleventh Snarf's in the Denver-Boulder area; this one brings his sub sandwiches to a former convenience store on 38th Avenue on Denver's western border. The pagoda-style building, originally part of a chain of convenience stores in the 1960s, has been decked out in Snarf's familiar bold colors and features a mosaic rendering similar to the company's squiggly logo of cartoon characters eating sandwiches.

Photographer Danielle Lirette took a trip through Snarf's carousel dining room and captured the lively atmosphere of the sandwich shop's first week. Keep reading for more photos.

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The Royal Now Serving Burgers on Tennyson Street

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Danielle Lirette
Josh Epps and Christina Smith, owners of the two Jelly Cafes in Denver (the original on Colfax Avenue and Jelly U near the University of Denver), live in the Berkeley neighborhood and wanted a family-friendly restaurant to take their kids for a reasonably priced dinner. The solution? They decided to open their own own burger bar. Smith and Epps opened The Royal on Saturday on Tennyson Street, with regally named menu items and wall art that riffs on the royal theme (celebrity images include the Fresh Prince and Queen Latifah). The name of the burger bar was inspired by a theater in the Detroit neighborhood where Epps grew up, but the decor and menu offer a bright and fun experience for parents and their kids.

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Block & Larder Is Roasting on Tennyson Street

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Danielle Lirette
Block & Larder just opened on Tennyson Street, featuring a chophouse-style menu from chef Lucas Forgy, who owns the place along with his brothers Jason and Aaron. Although the three brothers also own beer mecca Freshcraft, Block & Larder focuses more on the food and on cocktails than on craft brews. "We wanted to do our take on a chophouse and mix it with New American dining," explains Jason Forgy. "Everyone knows we like beer, but we also really like meat." And if the attention to detail that the Forgys have put into bringing in some of the best beers in the country to Freshcraft are any indication, Block & Larder should be a hit with fans of house-butchered meats and more unusual cuts of meat.

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North County Brings a Taste of San Diego to Lowry

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Danielle Lirette
While the warm patio days of summer are just a distant memory this chilly December week, a new restaurant in the Hangar 2 development in Lowry wants to transport you to sunny and warm San Diego.North County, which opens today for dinner, has a menu that features Baja fish tacos in grilled and beer-battered varieties, street tacos, ceviches, tortas and other Southern California specialties. Joe Vostrejs, Pat McHenry and Rod Wagner of Larimer Associates have teamed with chef and partner Sterling Robinson of Billy's Inn to deliver a sleek and modern interpretation of a beach-style bar and grill with an emphasis on tequila and cocktails.

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