D Bar Reopens Friday, Spotlighting Dining, Drinks and Desserts in New Uptown Home

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Mark Antonation
There are two things that restaurateur and Food Network chef Keegan Gerhard wants you to know about the new incarnation of D Bar: the new location at 19th and Pennsylvania is finally opening this Friday after a couple of months of delays, and it's not a dessert bar. Or more accurately, D Bar is not just a dessert bar. The new restaurant features a larger dining room with more than twice the seating of the old location and an ample bar stocked with beer, wine and liquor. There's still a dessert bar -- Gerhard's magic with pastries gaurantees a spotlight on sweets -- but the move to bigger digs means the restaurant can finally become what he and co-owner (and wife) Lisa Bailey intended all along.

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Blackbird Takes Flight Today by West Washington Park

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Mark Antonation
Blackbird, the latest from Table to Tavern partners Rob Lanphier and Angie and Brian Midtbo, who also own Atticus and Boone's Tavern, is opening today at 3 p.m., in the space that formerly held HandleBar Tavern and Abo's. A grand opening is scheduled for next Monday, December 1, at which point Blackbird will also begin daily lunch service at 11 a.m. Weekend brunch will be added beginning December 11. While the restaurant is designed to appeal to a broad range of customers, the primary focus is on a comfortable, casual and unpretentious setting with a creative but not intimidating menu.

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First Look: Pho Duy Owners Open Wonderbowl Vietnamese Restaurant on Federal Boulevard

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Danielle Lirette
Wonderbowl Vietnamese Restaurant opened last week on South Federal Boulevard after an extensive remodel of what used to be a KFC. Wonderbowl is a sister restaurant to Pho Duy in the same shopping center and features a few house specials not common to Federal's Vietnamese scene along with a typical array of pho bowls and rice and noodle plates.

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First Look: Mariscos El Licenciado Serving Seafood on Federal Boulevard

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Danielle Lirette
The T-Wa Inn, Denver's first Vietnamese restaurant, closed earlier this year on Federal Boulevard, leaving a building with good bones for a new owner to take over. Given the demographic of the area, another Vietnamese eatery would not have been a surprise, but instead Mariscos El Licenciado -- which started as a Mexican seafood truck -- took over the space at the end of summer, initially continuing to serve from the truck in the parking lot while the owners remodeled the interior. After a few weekends of soft openings, the restaurant officially opened seven days a week at the beginning of the month. Photographer Danielle Lirette snapped a few photos of the maritime-themed dining room and Pacific coastal cuisine.

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Photos: Bites of China Opens in Aurora

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Danielle Lirette
Bites of China opened recently in a tidy Aurora shopping center on East Alameda Avenue, where residents are no strangers to an array of ethnic eating options. Photographer Danielle Lirette stopped in to see what was cooking, and found that what looks like a standard counter-service Chinese eatery has a few surprises on its extensive menu.

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Yak & Yeti Opens New Restaurant and Event Center on Hampden

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Danielle Lirette
Yak & Yeti is familiar to those with a thirst for craft beer and a hunger for Nepalese and Indian food. The beers, like the award-winning Chai Milk Stout, show up at tap rooms around town, while the Tibetan and Nepalese specialties are rare enough in the metro area that devotees are willing to make cross-town treks for the momo and thukpa. With two restaurants -- the Arvada brewpub and a second location in Westminster -- and an international market (also in Arvada) on the northwest side of the city, owner Dol Bhattarai has decided to expand to a new part of town. Yak & Yeti's new restaurant and events center opened on Hampden Avenue earlier this week in the building that previously housed a Crystal Rose Events Center.

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Hosea Rosenberg Set to Open Blackbelly Market Next Tuesday in Boulder

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Mark Antonation
The market at Blackbelly.
Hosea Rosenberg's Blackbelly Market is set to open next Tuesday, November 11, in a nondescript east Boulder location that belies the complexity of the operation inside. With his new, expansive kitchen, Rosenberg will run a catering business, a fine-dining restaurant, a salumeria making fresh sausage and cured meats, a butcher shop and market selling housemade packaged foods, and a deli counter serving grab-and-go breakfast items starting at 7 a.m.

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Sarto's Brings Metropolitan Italian and Cicchetti Bar to Jefferson Park

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Mark Antonation
Sarto's, the much anticipated restaurant from owners Taylor and Kajsa Swallow and chef Brian Laird, opened its elegant gray-and-white dining room in Jefferson Park this week, giving neighbors a taste of pan-Italian cooking with urban flair and ingredient-driven flavors. Laird, whose Italian prowess Denver diners will remember from Barolo Grill and Sketch (where he worked briefly), is also manning the cicchetti bar, a Venetian small-plates tradition that gives Laird a chance to interact with guests.

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Lo Stella Ristorante, Offshoot of 160-Year-Old Original in Italy, Opens in Golden Triangle

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Mark Antonation
Lo Stella Ristorante opened in 1850 in Portofino, Ital and now, over 160 years later, Denver is getting a taste of the famous restaurant that has been in the same family for eight generations. Lo Stella Ristorante opened today in the former home of Gallo di Nero in the Golden Triangle, serving housemade pasta and other Italian specialties that owner Alessandro Polo thinks will be unique in Denver's dining scene.

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Hopdoddy Brings Austin-Style Burgers to Denver on Monday

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All photos by Mark Antonation.
The first Hopdoddy Burger Bar opened in Austin, Texas in 2010. There will be seven locations on Monday, when the newest Hopdoddy opens next to Union Station. Hopdoddy President Dan Mesches says the company chose the location because of its combination of historic and modern surroundings. "We love the urban energy," he says. Hopdoddy is bringing its concept -- beef ground onsite several times daily and buns baked in-house -- to a crowded Denver burger market, but hopes the flavors and freshness will win over residents and tourists visiting this bustling part of LoDo.

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