Blackbird Will Land in Former Handlebar Space Next Month

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Mark Antonation
Table to Tavern partners Rob Lanphier, Brian Midtbo and Angie Midtbo opened Atticus early this year in a space claimed from the back of Boone's, their University of Denver sports bar. Now they're merging two former restaurant spaces -- the Handlebar & Grill and Abo's Pizza -- into one new concept called Blackbird. The group is set to open the Washington Park restaurant in late October, with artisan pizza, small plates and a bar program designed by Sean Kenyon of Williams & Graham.

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Lost Highway Brewing Opens Tonight in Denver -- After Three Years in the Making

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Lost Highway Facebook page
At long last, Lost Highway Brewing, which has been in the planning stages or under construction for three full years, is opening -- and fast: tonight at 5 p.m.

Owned by James and Tina Pachorek, who also own the Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe next door, Lost Highway will have six beers on tap: a pilsner, a blonde, a wit, a pumpkin, a Belgian quadrupel and a Belgian IPA, along with fresh bread, charcuterie, olives and other "lunchables," says Tina.

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Ristorante Lo Stella to Open in Gallo di Nero Location in Golden Triangle

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Mark Antonation
The list of restaurants that have occupied the 1135 Bannock Street address in the Golden Triangle keeps growing: Chances, Wolfie's and Bambino's came and went over the years before Fired Up closed after a little over a year due to an electrical fire, and then re-opened as Gallo di Nero under the same ownership. A new name, menu and amazing happy-hour deals weren't enough to keep Gallo di Nero from closing its doors just over a month ago, but newcomer Ristorante Lo Stella hopes to succeed where so many others have failed.

See also: Gallo di Nero Will Crow No More on Bannock Street

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Rio Grande Opens New Spot in Frisco -- With Same Old Three-Marg Limit

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The Rio Grande group got its start in 1986 in Fort Collins, where college students came to rely on the incredibly strong margaritas -- limit three per customer, and no revealing the secret recipe -- and big plates of gringo Mexican fare. A seventh Rio just opened in Frisco -- the first free-standing restaurant built by the homegrown chain.

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RiNo Yacht Club Sets Sail at the Source Tonight

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Mark Antonation
Ever since the Caprock Farm Bar pulled out of the central bar in the middle of the common area of the Source in the RiNo district, diners and shoppers have been waiting for something new to take over the space. Popup juice bars can fill the void for a while, but now the booze will be pouring again, as the RiNo Yacht Club opens for business today at 4:30 p.m.

See also: CapRock Farm Bar at the Source Pours Its Last Drink

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Heidi's Brooklyn Deli Closed on Colorado Boulevard, Will Reopen on Colfax

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Heidi's Brooklyn Deli Colfax & Madison Facebook page.
The new location of the Heidi's franchise that closed on Colorado Boulevard.
Heidi's Brooklyn Deli closed its location at 833 Colorado Boulevard earlier this month -- but if you're a fan, fear not. Franchise owner Hugh Carlin is just moving the deli to a new location.

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Tifamade Cantine Is Back In Business Today

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Mark Antonation
Tiffany Iung at Tifamade Cantine.

Tifamade Cantine is the brainchild of sandwich maven Tiffany Iung, who at one time could be seen pedaling around town on her pink bike peddling sandwiches and other treats from a reclaimed suitcase strapped to the back. Her new digs are positively palatial in comparison: a lunch window in the 2800 block of Umatilla Street, right behind The Truffle Table (which which she shares a kitchen), from which she serves sandwiches, salads and snacks from a rotating menu. But last week, that window was closed up tight.

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Perry's Steakhouse & Grill Opens Today at Park Meadows

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The owners of Texas-based chain Perry's Steakhouse and Grille must be confident that Denver either loves meat or that there are enough ex-pat Texans populating our southern suburbs to keep its dining room full. Even though Perry's has ten other locations, its newest addition, snug up against Park Meadows Mall, will be only the second outside of the Lone Star State (the first is in Chicago).

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Brazen Set to Open This Weekend in West Highland's Village Garden

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Mark Antonation
Opening a restaurant in a retail strip next to a dentist's office doesn't exactly scream "sexy." But if you combine a little sweat equity with years of industry experience, a former frozen yogurt shop can be transformed into someplace warm and sensuous with equal parts urban sophistication and DIY charm. Christopher Sargent, just a few days away from swinging open the doors of his new restaurant Brazen, hopes to strike a balance between neighborhood appeal and chef-driven panache on the border of West Highland and Berkeley.

See also: Sunnyside Burger Bar Starts Flipping Burgers on 38th

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French Restaurant Amass Opens This Evening in Jefferson Park

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Mark Antonation
Restaurateurs are constantly balancing the desire to pioneer hot new neighborhoods with the business need to tap into a safe customer base. Corner House, which closed in the RiverClay condo building in Jefferson Park earlier this year, may have just been ahead of its time for the neighborhood. Since then, the Jefferson Park Pub has opened and Sarto's is also quickly closing in on an opening date. While the area is far from Upper Larimer or LoHi status, today's opening of Amass in the space vacated by Corner House is a sign that residents are ready for more restaurant diversity.

See also: Brian Laird Will Soon Have That Kitchen of His Own at Sarto's

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