Berkeley Untapped takes over former wine bar on Tennyson

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Mark Antonation
The bunker-like space on the ground floor of a condo building on Tennyson Street wasn't very lucky for former tenants. Tastes Wine Bar lasted five years in the spot, but fizzled along with then-owner Daniel Kuhlman's short-lived Wild Catch on East 17th Avenue, while the art bar that took its place barely registered on the neighborhood's radar. Now new owners with a modernized concept have moved into the space, quietly opening Berkeley Untapped on July 11 with a carefully chosen list of craft beers, small-batch whiskeys and wines by the bottle or glass.

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Harold's closes in Longmont, and Smokin' Dave's steps in

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Lori Midson
After two years, Harold's and the Bayonet Room, the farm-to-table restaurant in Longmont's Best Western Plaza Hotel, served its final dish this past Saturday. Fortunately for hungry Longmont residents, the space is now being renovated for a new concept from Dave Oehlman, owner of the two Smokin' Dave's BBQ & Taphouse restaurants.

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Row 14 pours its last glass in the Spire Building

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Row 14 Bistro and Wine Bar showed early promise when it opened in the glitzy new Spire Building in 2011. Arik Marcus, the restaurant's opening chef, was getting press and praise almost before he'd made his first knife cut; a few months later, our restaurant critic at the time, Laura Shunk, found plenty to like. But business was always uneven -- the Colorado Convention Center location made the place feast or famine -- and Jensen Cummings, next up in the kitchen after Marcus's departure, soon moved on to open his own fast-casual meatball eatery. And now the restaurant is dark and the phone is dead.

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Drew's Deli has closed on Lincoln Street

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After two years, Drew's Deli has closed and its space on Lincoln Street is for lease...again. Brothers Andrew and David Marx opened their deli in the home of the original Spicy Pickle in the fall of 2012; Andrew already had experience in the sandwich business at Jimmy & Drew's in Boulder, which earned accolades from Esquire after opening in 2006. But Jimmy & Drew's is gone (its former address now belongs to Thai Kitchen), and now Drew's Deli has shuttered, too.

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Curtis Park Creamery II shuts down in Aurora

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The Curtis Park Creamery has been slinging budget Mexican fare in the Curtis Park/Five Points area for over forty years. And in January 2013, the owners finally opened a second location in Aurora, calling it, not surprisingly, Curtis Park Creamery II. But now you'll have to head back to the original location at 30th and Champa streets if you want your fill of simple but satisfying burritos, tamales and enchiladas.

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3090 Downing Street swallows up another restaurant -- and a swingers club

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What's up those stairs? No swingers club...
Denver swingers can't catch a break. 3090 Eden, the members-only swingers' club that opened for business just last March, has closed, as has the Downing Street Grill, which was located in the same building at 3090 Downing Street. "It was a lot of money spent, but there wasn't enough support from the community that we were hoping to tap into," says James Riggs, a construction-industry exec who ran both businesses. "If we had opened up the right way, with everything the way we had wanted it, maybe it would have stayed open. But we just didn't have everything in place the way that the swinging world wanted it."

In other words, there wasn't enough swinging going on.

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All aboard -- almost -- for Union Station grand opening Saturday

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A circa 1950 sign was salvaged and installed in the Kitchen Next Door..see it in action below.
When Union Station hosts its grand-opening gala on Saturday, July 26, most -- but not all -- of the fifteen restaurants, bars and retail outlets signed on for the project will be open to the public. Alex Seidel's Mercantile Dining & Provision is more than a month away from opening -- but Fruition's owner knew early on that his second restaurant wouldn't hit the mark. The bigger surprise is that the Cooper Lounge, the lovely bar in the mezzanine level of the Great Hall, won't be open, either. But there will still be plenty to see...and eat.



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Jet's Pizza brings Detroit-style pizza to Denver

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Courtesy of Jet's Pizza
Denver has Chicago-style pizza, New York-style pizza, even St. Louis-style pie. And now the city can try pizza Detroit-style, thanks to the expanding pizza chain Jet's Pizza.

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Renegade Brewing sells its Publik House to focus on brewing more beer

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Just over a year ago Renegade Brewing opened Renegade Publik House, a restaurant and tap house in the underserved University of Denver neighborhood. Citing a need to re-focus on expanding beer production and making "more beers available to more people," owner and founder Brian O'Connell recently sold the Publik House, which will close on Tuesday, July 29, to make way for the new owners, who will continue bar and restaurant operations under a new name.

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Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria opens in the Tech Center

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Danielle Lirette
One of the sandwiches from Cuba Cuba's Glendale location.
When Kristy Socarras Bigelow opened the second Cuba Cuba Sandwicheriain the CitySet project last summer, she predicted that it wouldn't be the last. And this weekend, she made good on that prediction when a Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria opened in the Denver Tech Center.

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