|Trevor Andersen|Lori Midson TJ Hobbs, the current chef of Ghost Plate & Tap, will become the corporate training chef for Breckenridge/Wynkoop.
Next month, Ghost Plate & Tap, an elevated pub with a formidable beer list and an excellent cocktail program, would have celebrated its second anniversary downtown, but the Wynkoop/Breckenridge concept, which opened in June of 2011, is shuttering just shy of its two-year anniversary, closing this Friday, directly after lunch service.
- TJ Hobbs, chef of Ghost Plate & Tap, on portion size, pastry and Pepsi
- Round two with TJ Hobbs, chef of Ghost Plate & Tap
- Chef Christopher Cina lands in the kitchen of Ghost Plate & Tap
All photos by Philip Poston.
The lunch line was out the door today at Snarfburger, which just opened at 2000 Arapahoe in Boulder, in the space vacated by Daddy Bruce's Bar-B-Que in March 2012. Until now, the Snarf's empire -- which Jim Seidel started in Boulder a decade ago -- has been devoted to subs. But burgers won't be the only innovation here; there will also be fried bologna sandwiches and deep-fried hot dogs with bacon.
Keep reading for a look at Snarfburger.More »
All photos by Lori Midson.
Tom Ryan and his partner Rick Schaden are on a roll -- a burger roll, a 24/7 restaurant roll and a pizza roll. The two men, both of whom are the entrepreneurial brains behind Consumer Concept Group, one of the country's top companies in the field of restaurant development and investment, founded Smashburger, which now trumpets more than 220 locations across the world, including 22 in Colorado. Last year, on Halloween, they unleashed Tom's Urban 24, a 24/7 food temple that's also expanding outside of Colorado, and on Thursday of this week, Ryan and Schaden will open Live Basil Pizza, their first fast-casual pizza chain, located just off I-25 and Hampden...and conveniently next door to Smashburger.
After just two years in business on Denver's northeast side, Caution Brewing announced Saturday that it will open a second brewery in Lakewood, at 1057 South Wadsworth Boulevard; Cautions' existing brewery will stay open as well.
Caution Brewing Facebook page
The new location will have a smaller brewhouse -- three barrels as opposed to five at the existing brewery -- but a larger taproom. It will also be situated in a high-traffic shopping center on Wadsworth, rather than an industrial business park.More »
The Matador is moving into the original home of Heidi's Deli, at 3496 West 32nd Avenue. But not as quickly as it had wanted to. Initially, the Seattle-based Tex-Mex chain had hoped to open its eighth location (there are four in the Seattle area, two in Portland and one in Boise) by Cinco de Mayo -- a perfect date to roll out its more than 100 varieties of tequila. But that was before the Highland Mommies started complaining that the area already had enough Mexican restaurants (El Camino is just two blocks away, Pinche Taqueria three) not to mention enough liquor licenses. (Heidi's did not have one.) And the West Highlands Neighborhood Association officially opposed the liquor-license application.
Danielle Lirette The former home of Heidi's Deli.
- Last Call at the original Heidi's in West Denver
- The Highland Mommies are raising babies and raising Cain in northwest Denver
- Common Grounds will pour its last cup of coffee at original location
You likely won't notice that the front door of Jimmy's Urban Bar & Grill slants, if only a little. It has something to do with luck -- good luck -- and Alicia Bernat, along with her husband Jim and their son and exec chef Jimmy, deliberately designed their new namesake restaurant with teases of feng shui: copper and metal elements are strategically placed among the televisions, while earth tones, the color of warm spices, brush the walls showcasing original art from local artists, which, by the way, is all for sale -- and every dime of what's sold goes directly to to the artist.
Pizza palaces, as we reported earlier today, are peppered throughout the downtown Denver restaurant landscape, and while some of those same pizzerias that opened within the past year have since shuttered, Pizza Republica, the original of which resides in the Landmark development in Greenwood Village, has proven that it has staying power (not an easy feat in the 'burbs). And tomorrow, at 11 a.m. owner and executive chef George Eder will open a second outpost of Pizza Republica at 890 14th Street, directly next door to the Colorado Convention Center, and given its prime location (and what may the city's best patio to date), we're willing to bet that downtown denizens will greedily chew it up (and not spit it out).
All photos by Lori Midson.
- Round two with George Eder, exec chef of Pizza Republica
- Pizza Republica's George Eder on grubs, Groupons and the guest who was aghast
- Toppings is tapped out in LoDo, but two more pizza places coming
Swapping out butter and eggs for applesauce and almond milk has been a sweet deal for Blair Ednie and Michael Craig, who started Beet Box six years ago as a vegan catering and wholesale baking company. And this month, they gave up their base in Arvada for a new home just minutes from downtown,where they've added a retail bakery -- a project so new that the Beet Box Bakery doesn't yet have a sign.
All photos by Kate Gibbons.
- Vegan ginger muffins for a soothing breakfast on Meatless Monday
- The five best vegetarian/vegan dishes in Denver
- Justin Brunson taps pastry queen Nadine Donovan for Old Major's dessert program
A string of pizza joints opened in LoDo last year, in a neighborhood that already included the Wazee Supper Club and Two-Fisted Mario's, with Mellow Mushroom and Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria just a few blocks outside of LoDo. Wazee Wood-Fired Pizza was the first to open -- and also the first to close, less than a year later, in August 2012, when Charlie Palmer also shuttered District Tavern. Now Toppings, a take-and-bake enterprise that opened in April 2012, has closed its doors.
Still going strong: Lucky Pie, which opened at the end of February 2012.More »
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