First Look: Dae Gee Korean BBQ Sizzles on Colorado Boulevard

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All photos by Danielle Lirette

Dae Gee, which means "pig" in Korean, opened its first location in Westminster and has since gained a loyal following -- and even a 2014 Best of Denver award for Best Korean Restaurant. Owner Joseph Kim's second location is now grilling up marinated pork, beef and more in Congress Park. Photographer Danielle Lirette stopped by to snap some scenes of Dae Gee's hip decor and sizzling cuisine.

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Sunnyside Burger Bar Starts Flipping Burgers Today

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Mark Antonation
Sunnyside Burger Bar opens today on the edge of Sunnyside and the Lower Highland neighborhood. We stopped by a day early to see if there's anything new under the sun for residents of the area. Burgers, as the sign says, are the name of the game here, in a relaxed setting with service that falls somewhere between fast-casual and full-on table service.

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First Look: ViewHouse Centennial Offers Room With a View

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All photos by Danielle Lirette
ViewHouse opened its second location over Labor Day weekend to big crowds looking for big views of Western skies and the Rocky Mountains. While low-hanging clouds may be limiting visibility outside this week, the scenery inside the 20,000 square-foot adult playground is certainly worth a visit, with decor ranging from ski-lodge warmth to nightclub sheen.

The suburban location -- built from the skeleton of the old Traildust Steakhouse -- may mean it's a destination more for the DTC executive set than the younger Ballpark (and ballcap) crowd at the original downtown location, but there's plenty of space (if not parking) for a city's worth of scene-stealers. Photographer Danielle Lirette took a look, inside and out, to capture the views of ViewHouse.

See also: ViewHouse Opens Second Location in Former Trail Dust Steakhouse Today

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First Look: Mercantile Dining & Provision Cracks the Lid on Its Market and Restaurant

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Mark Antonation
The dining room of Mercantile Dining & Provision.
Alex Seidel's much anticipated ode to preserved foods, Mercantile Dining & Provision, opened its cafe and market yesterday at 7 a.m. and completed its debut dinner service later that evening. Fans of Seidel's first restaurant, Fruition, will find a similar menu of focused platings that give the ingredients star billing and a dining space with an airy feel for such a surprisingly intimate room -- just 75 seats.

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Las Margs Takes the Place of Taita Peruvian at Colfax and Marion

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Mark Antonation
This summer Taita Peruvian Restaurant quietly closed up in the spot next to Tooey's at Colfax and Marion, but the location didn't stay vacant for long. Zach Parker, co-owner of the new Las Margs, says he was ready to move on the place just eighteen days later. He owes the quick turnaround to his industry experience -- twenty years at the nearby Las Margaritas (now Argyll Whiskey Beer) -- as well as to help from his father-in-law and co-owner, Octavio Granados.

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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 -- along with partners Ken Himel and Jonathan Bush -- 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.

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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.

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