Roasted for Broasted! We Get Fried for the Wrong Use of a Term

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Inside Block & Larder -- can you see the Broaster?
Food lesson for the day: Broasted is a trademarked word. Who knew?

Apparently not the Forgy brothers, who just opened Block & Larder, which features "broasted rabbit" on its menu. But even though that rabbit is cooked in a pressure fryer built by the Broaster Company of Beloit, Wisconsin, you can't call it "broasted." Delicious, yes. But not broasted.

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Elitch Lanes Sold, Yard House Intruder Charged, Source Bathroom Mystery Solved

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Elitch Lanes, a mainstay in Berkeley, has been sold, our Show and Tell blog reports this morning. Cal Eichinger, who's owned the bowling alley for thirteen years, hopes to relocate somewhere nearby. And in the meantime, the building at 3825 Tennyson Street that Elitch Lanes will vacate in May has been sold -- but not to Punch Bowl Social, although that's certainly been rumored. Punch Bowl owner Robert Thompson, who's busy opening a spot in Detroit, had definitely been looking at the space, but says the landlord told him another group made an offer that was "too good to even ask me to counter."

See also: Elitch Lanes to Close on Tennyson in May

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Tracking the Catch of the Day at Sushi Den

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Mark Antonation
A big eye tuna gets broken down at Izakaya Den.
Sushi Den's 30th anniversary is this month (the actual day is Christmas Eve) and although the restaurant is not in the habit of running specials or discounts, owners Toshi and Yasu Kizaki have held a few small events throughout the year to show appreciation for regular customers. The most recent was a grand sake tasting at Izakaya Den that also included a tuna butchering demonstration. Ismael Ramirez of True World Foods impressed an audience with his knife skills while the Kizakis explained the process and the cuts that would eventually become sushi. As awe inspiring as the beautiful ninety-pound tuna and its expert butcher were (Ramirez broke down the fish in about twenty minutes, including pauses for photos and explanations), the more interesting tale is where that fish -- and all of the seafood that ends up on the restaurant's menus -- comes from and how it gets from the oceans of the world to land-locked Denver.

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Mark Berzins Dishes on the Inspiration for Venezuelan Arepas at Will Call

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Mark Antonation
Will Call, the latest bar and restaurant from the Little Pub Company, opened yesterday in the Industry development on Brighton Boulevard, featuring a list of Venezuelan-style arepas as the main menu attraction. Little Pub Company head Mark Berzins says the concept was the result of several different factors: the need to provide high-volume lunch service to employees of the businesses inside the 120,000 square-foot office center, the desire to provide something unique to a young and artistic RiNo neighborhood, and a little Venezuelan inspiration from a vacation in Connecticut, of all places.

See also: Will Call Opens Today in the Industry Building in River North

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The Squeaky Bean's Farm Is Growing, With a New Plot at Warren Tech

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The Squeaky Bean farm is a growing concern.
These days, it's rare when a restaurant doesn't source locally. But at the Squeaky Bean, which I recently reviewed, sourcing locally means more than knowing the farmer: it means being the farmer. And soon, it will mean paying the lessons forward, as the restaurant partners with Warren Tech Career and Technical High School in Jefferson County.

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The Squeaky Bean Could Be Too Much Fun

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Illegal Pete's Closes Original Boulder Spot, Opens Around the Corner Today

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Moving into the new Illegal Pete's in Boulder.
It's been a big month for the Illegal Pete's chain -- and it's not over yet. Two weeks ago, founder Pete Turner opened his first location in Fort Collins -- after a complaint over the Illegal Pete's name made national news. This morning, Turner will close the doors on the original Illegal Pete's location, which he opened almost twenty years ago in Boulder, and unlock the doors of a brand-new, bigger Illegal Pete's around the corner.

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Celebrate Rioja's Tenth Anniversary With These Ten Memorable Moments

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Jen Jasinski and Beth Gruitch at Rioja.
On November 22, 2004, when Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch opened Rioja in Larimer Square, that block wasn't the dining destination that it is today -- and chef Jen was far from a household name. Fast forward ten years, and Larimer Square is an eating Eden, with Gruitch and Jasinski adding to the options with Bistro Vendome and Euclid Hall. And Jasinski has not only become a familiar face in her own kitchens and at fundraising events around town, she's also become a celeb chef featured on TV series and in national magazines -- most recently supplying a recipe for December Food & Wine.

In honor of Rioja's delicious decade of service, we asked the crew there to dish up ten of the restaurant's most memorable moments.

See also: Jen Jasinski's James Beard Award Felt Like a Lifetime Achievement -- But Her Career Is Still Cooking

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Instacart Adds Marczyk Fine Foods to Its Grocery Delivery Lineup

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Instacart, an online and mobile app-based grocery-delivery company, debuted its service in Denver earlier this year, offering delivery from a number of metro-area supermarket chains. Customers can place orders of $10 or more with Safeway, Whole Foods, King Soopers and Costco and have them delivered in as little as an hour -- depending on the price point they select. And as of yesterday, Instacart customers can also select groceries from Marczyk Fine Foods, including prepared foods and specialty sandwiches made by Marczyk's staff.

See also: Instacart Now Offering a Modern Grocery-Delivery Option in Denver

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Twelve Late-Night Spots That Make Industry Folks Very Happy

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Danielle Lirette
Cart-Driver's late-night happy hour attracts restaurant-industry employees.
Happy hour takes the edge off, helping us unwind after a long day. But for people in the restaurant biz, happy hour isn't so happy: It marks the beginning of a long shift to come. That's why Cart-Driver, which I review this week, stays open late, with food and drink specials that start at 10 p.m. when 9-to-5ers are on the couch watching Jimmy Fallon.

On Café Society, we often write about bars and restaurants with great happy hours, but what are the spots that heat up the later it gets? Here's what a few industry folks had to say.

See also: Cart-Driver Looks Like a Winner in the Fast-Casual Pizza Race

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Gustavo Arellano Is Okay With the Illegal Pete's Name -- But Why the Mission-Style Burritos?

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Pete Turner is standing pat with the Illegal Pete's name.
Pete Turner delivered the word last Wednesday -- with a very lengthy explanation on his illegalpetes.com website. When his seventh store opens in Fort Collins tomorrow, it will be named Illegal Pete's -- just as his original store was when he opened it on the Hill in Boulder almost twenty years ago, and despite the requests of some Fort Collins activists who'd asked him to change the name because the word "illegal" has racist connotations and argue it's "as offensive as 'Redskins' and 'Marco Rubio,'" says Gustavo Arellano, the author of Ask a Mexican, who weighed in on the controversy yesterday.

See also: Pete Turner on Illegal Pete's, Community, the Fort Collins Controversy and Pete's Kitchen

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