Arch Pizza Closes All Three Metro Denver Stores

Maybe the Broncos' recent loss to the St. Louis Rams was the final blow. Or maybe Denver diners don't like pizza with a crust like a giant Saltine. For whatever reason, St. Louis-style pizza just never took off here. And now all three Arch Pizza locations that had opened over the past year have closed. The phone message at the Lone Tree location says the store is "currently under construction" -- and it must be some wild project, because the mini-chain's website,, now leads directly to a Viagra/Cialis site.

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The RT Cafe Opens on Lincoln Across From Beauvallon

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The RT Cafe hung its "opening soon" sign over the old Drew's Deli sign on Lincoln Street earlier this fall, and now that day has come. The cafe opened this morning, and it looks like customers can expect Slavic-style cooking and Daz Bog coffee.

See also: RT Cafe Taking Over Drew's Denver Deli Space

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Country Time BBQ Closes Its Englewood Location

Country Time BBQ has been one of our favorites over the years: We awarded it Best Barbecue in Denver in 2012 and included it on our list of the ten best smokehouses in town earlier this year. While the takeout-only shack wasn't much to look at, the barbecue pits out back, the ever-present cloud of blue-gray smoke and the mountain of split firewood were all markers of pork and beef done right. Unfortunately for residents of the southwest suburbs, Country Time is now closed.

See also: Wayne's Smoke Shack Offers Superior Texas-Style Brisket

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Big Hoss Bar-B-Q on Tennyson Sells to New Owners, Will Become Tennyson Street Barbecue

Tennyson Street is sizzling with new restaurant activity, with several new eateries scheduled to open in the Berkeley neighborhood in the coming months. Changes for existing places are afoot, too: Big Hoss Bar-B-Q has been sold to new owners, who will debut a new name -- Tennyson Street Barbecue -- and menu the first week of December.

See also: Jelly Owner Will Open the Royal, a Burger Bar, on Rapidly Changing Tennyson Street

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Metropolitan Bar & Grill to Open in Former Russo's Space at Vallagio

The old Russo's spot will become the Metropolitan Bar and Grill in December.
Russo's Kitchen + Tavern closed at Vallagio in Englewood in April 2012 and has been vacant ever since. Sandwiched between the southern outpost of Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza and Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro, Russo's struggled to find its identity, especially after chef Brian Laird (now garnering attention at Sarto's) left. Darien and Janine Fischer hope to bring identity back to the place with a straight-forward concept called the Metropolitan Bar & Grill, which they expect to open in mid-December.

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

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Espresso Americano Opens Its First U.S. Cafe in Greenwood Village

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Eduardo Kafati, Oscar Kafati and David Kubena of Espresso Americano at the coffee farm in El Paraiso, Honduras.
We previously announced that international coffee chain Espresso Americano would open its first U.S. location in the Landmark development in the DTC. Now it looks like two of the cafes were in a race -- and another location opened first. Espresso Americano opened its first spot today in the nearby Village Plaza Shopping Center, with the second to follow soon.

See also: Espresso Americano, a Central American Coffee Chain, Will Open First U.S. Spots in Denver

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Ratio Beerworks Will Build on River North Momentum When It Opens in 2015

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The owners of Ratio Beerworks had stopped looking for space in River North -- a district that already boasts seven breweries with at least three more on the way -- when they heard about the 5,500-square-foot warehouse that Mile High Spirits was leaving behind after finding newer digs downtown.

"It was an A-plus for us -- the right size with soaring ceilings and a huge side yard," says former Wynkoop and AC Golden brewer Jason zumBrunnen, who plans to open Ratio with partners Zach Lowery and Scott Kaplan.

See also: Mockery Brewing Opens Friday in River North's Burgeoning Brewery District

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Locavore Beer Works Opens in Littleton Tomorrow

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Keeping it local. That's the goal of Andy Nelson and Jason Reinhardt, who will open Locavore Beer Works on Saturday, November 15 in Littleton.

"We use the concentric ring model and only go outside of that if certain goods or services aren't available," says Nelson, adding that the brewery is committed to supporting neighborhood businesses as much as possible.

See also: 38 State Brewing Opens Littleton's First Taproom on Saturday

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Fermaentra Brewing opens Saturday near the University of Denver

When people walk into Fermaentra, owners Brennan Mann and Spencer O'Bryan want them to know they're in a brewery. "Otherwise, you're just in a bar in LoDo," Mann says.

That's why beer drinkers at Fermaentra, which opens its doors for the first time on Saturday, will be able to look past the taps to the seven barrel brewhouse and the six tanks beyond them -- without walls or windows to separate them from the beer-making process.

See also: Alpine Dog Brewing Will Open Saturday in Capitol Hill

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Alpine Dog Brewing Will Open Saturday in Capitol Hill

Alpine Dog opens Saturday.
Gardiner Hammond has always been a fan of Capitol Hill -- the bars, the music halls, the mix of people and styles. So when he began searching for a location for his brewery, Alpine Dog Brewing, he focused on this eclectic neighborhood. "It's the densest part of Denver," he says. "And there weren't a lot of breweries here."

See also: Three (And Possibly Six) New Breweries Will Open in Denver in November

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