Golden's Mountain Toad Plans Second Brewery, Major Expansion

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Mountain Toad will open a second brewery next year.
Golden has always been good to its beer makers, and Mountain Toad Brewing, which opened less than two years ago, is no exception. The brewery will build a new production facility this year with a thirty-barrel brewhouse, room for a canning line, and small taproom to complement its downtown location.

The 17,000-square-foot brewery will be built on a vacant parcel at 16401 Table Mountain Parkway, about three miles northeast of Mountain Toad's existing spot. It is next to a bike park, trails and a dog park.

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Bruxie Will Waffle No More in Glendale

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Lori Midson
Denver is down one waffle shop with the closing of Bruxie.
Bruxie, the fast-casual eatery that turned the standard waffle into the base for a host of playful sweet and savory sandwiches opened less than a year ago and made our list of the ten best new fast-casual restaurants in 2014. But a fun menu full of Belgo-American fare and a spot on Colorado Boulevard, where the Denver restaurant boom has been clearly evident, weren't enough to keep the waffle irons hot: Bruxie is now closed.

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Red Coral Chinese Restaurant to Close Monday after 35 Years in Business

Red Coral is closing, but a few menu items will soon be available at Lollicup next door.
Neighborhood Chinese restaurants are almost invisible to passersby in the strip malls and shopping centers around the city. Most aren't destination dining establishments; they get by on take-out orders and a steady trickle of business from local customers. But over time, a place can earn a reputation for solid food and friendly service.

Red Coral Chinese Restaurant is one such place, not necessarily known throughout the city, but nonetheless beloved by its regular customers. And after more than thirty years in business it can come as a shock when that restaurant decides to call it quits.

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Fruition Will Debut a New Look in February, on Its Eighth Anniversary

Mark Manger
Fruition is a neighborhood restaurant -- if the world is your neighborhood.
From the start, this city knew chef Alex Seidel's Fruition was something special. When it came time to choose our Best New Restaurant for the 2007 Best of Denver, Fruition was the clear winner -- even though it had opened just a few months before, in the former home of Sean Kelly's Claire de Lune. Since then, Seidel's restaurant has just gotten better -- and soon, it will be better yet. On January 28 Fruition will close for a fast remodeling job; the new look will be unveiled on February 6.

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Zanitas on East Hampden Closes Due to Tax Seizure

Jon Solomon
Zanitas will no longer be serving margs and tacos.
Mexican restaurants that start with the letter Z haven't had much luck of late. Zocalo closed two location in 2014 (on South Broadway and in the Golden Triangle), and now the doors are locked at Zanitas Mexican & Margaritas. Zanitas moved to south Denver in 2013 in a prominent new shopping center at I-25 and Hampden Avenue alongside a Smashburger, a Live Basil Pizza and a few other fast casual joints after making a brief go of it -- only four months, in fact -- in Boulder. But now the home of "Nu Mex" is closed, with signs from the city plastered on the windows indicating a tax seizure and upcoming auction.

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Rocky Mountain Chili Bowl Serves Its Last Green Chile

You'll no longer be able to go green at the Rocky Mountain Chili Bowl.
Rocky Mountain Chili Bowl started out as a food truck in 2010, serving up chile verde and other Mexican-inspired bites on the streets of the city. In 2011, owner Matt Robinette opened the brick-and-mortar location at 35th Avenue and Quebec Street. Just over a year ago, Food & Wine magazine included RMCB on a list of the best chili in the country.

And whether you spell it chili or chile, there's no denying that RMCB dished up a mean bowl of green. But Stapleton residents will now have to look elsewhere for a good bowl; the eatery dished up its last bowl this month and is now closed.

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Taza de Cafe Reopens as Cafe 44 in Berkeley

Mark Antonation
Taza de Cafe reopened as Cafe 44 this month.
Matt and Rosemary Lopez closed Taza de Cafe, and Charlie's Ice Cream Social next door, late last year with a promise to reopen with a slightly new menu and design. The couple changed the name of the corner eatery to Cafe 44 and opened the doors earlier this month in the Berkeley neighborhood. The rustic, Mexican theme has given way to a more modern interior, but the owners promise the same neighborhood cafe charm, with a few new items on the breakfast and lunch menu.

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The Bark Bar Closing After a Year of Doggie Drama

Marissa Shevins
The off-leash dog yard at the Bark Bar attracted man and beast -- and legal drama.
It's a crisp winter day at the Bark Bar, and the wind carries the sounds of light conversation and animal happiness. A few muted barks are heard as the dogs in the yard roughhouse and roll in the dirt while their owners look on, beers in hand.

Dogs running free and their owners running tabs -- that's the dream on which Christine Peters built the Bark Bar, in a once-decrepit building in West Highland. "The dog park has always been my favorite place to hang," Peters says. "It's that zen feeling, all your problems go away and you're just hanging out watching dogs play. They have no ego, no issues, no agendas. It's just pure play energy."

But the Bark Bar will be pouring its last tomorrow after a prolonged fight with neighbors and a ruling from the City of Denver that the bar is in violation of city codes. At issue is the off-leash dog yard that's the heart of the Bark Bar.

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Modmarket Opens at DIA, With Another Coming This Spring

Modmarket opens today at Denver International Airport/
Denver International Airport continues to top lists of U.S. airports known for healthy eating and quality restaurants. The latest addition to a stable that already includes Elway's, Root Down, Etai's Bakery Cafe (formerly Udi's) and two New Belgium tap rooms (the Hub and the Spoke) shouldn't hurt the airport's reputation, either. Today Modmarket brought its menu of pizzas, salads and sandwiches to Concourse B; it's the ninth Colorado location for this homegrown chain.

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Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint Brings New York Pizza to Denver by Way of Atlanta

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Matt Andrew opened his first Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint in Atlanta, Georgia in 2008, after getting his start in the fast-casual restaurant world with the Moe's Southwestern Grill chain. There are now fifteen Uncle Maddio's franchises in the Atlanta area alone, with more popping up every day throughout the South, Northeast and Midwest. Andrew launched the first Uncle Maddio's franchise in Colorado yesterday in Aurora's Gardens of Havana shopping center, a four-year-old plaza anchored by a Sprouts Market and a Target. Although the concept was born in Georgia, don't expect an odd regional pizza style (like the St. Louis-style pies that Arch Pizza tried unsuccessfully to introduce to Denver); Andrew says Uncle Maddio's pizzas are traditional, hand-tossed pies with sauce and dough recipes acquired from an established Little Italy pizzeria in New York City.

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