South Park Brewing Will Offer a Welcome Watering Hole in the Highway 285 Corridor

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The view from South Park Brewing's planned patio.
One of Colorado's drier stretches will wet its whistle a week from today when South Park Brewing opens, becoming the only craft brewery along a heavily-used 115-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 285 between Lakewood and Buena Vista.

Located in Fairplay, at the junction of 285 and Colorado State Highway 9, South Park Brewing is the dream of Paul Kemp and Megan Sebastian, who have been living in Denver but have owned a house in the Fairplay area since 2006.

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MOD Pizza Now Open by Park Meadows

Mod Pizza pies.
Last month Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria closed in Park Meadows Shopping Center. Today, the Park Meadows neighborhood got a consolation prize: MOD Pizza, the first Colorado location of a Seattle-based chain. The store opened at 11 a.m., and there will be giveaways and tastings throughout the day.

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Red Mango Goes Cold in the Lowenstein Complex

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Katie Reinisch kept her cool through four years as a communications director at the Colorado Legislature, so it wasn't surprising to learn she was having a blast running the frozen-yogurt spot, Red Mango, that she and her husband opened in the Lowenstein Complex in the summer of 2012. "We'd always wanted to own something instead of just getting a paycheck," she explained at the time. "My husband and I had tried this new tart, healthy frozen yogurt when we were in New York and loved it; it tastes so fresh and so good, and you feel great after eating a big bowl, as opposed to a big bowl of high-fat ice cream."

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Kevin Taylor Signs on for Restaurant, Beer Garden at Stanley Marketplace

The Source just marked its first birthday, and already we're hearing about some big projects coming down the pike that were clearly inspired by the Source's success. For starters, the Stanley Marketplace will transform the 100,000-square-foot Stanley Aviation Building campus -- where ejector seats were manufactured for five decades -- just south of Stapleton, on the edge of Aurora, by fall 2015. And veteran Denver restaurateur Kevin Taylor has already signed on; he'll put a restaurant and beer hall there.

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Odelay Tacos Closed, Will Reopen This Weekend Under New Owners

Photo courtesy of Odelay Tacos.
You may have noticed that Odelay Tacos on Colfax Avenue -- and the Thirty Fourteen bar occupying the same space -- have been dark for the past couple of days. An ownership change finalized last week is the cause, but the space should be back up and running this Friday. New co-owner David Cleland says they aren't planning any big changes immediately, other than to focus on customer service and serve great drinks and tacos.

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

Eduardo Kafati, Oscar Kafati and David Kubena at the farm in El Paraiso, Honduras.
Colorado's coffee-shop market may seem crowded, but a Honduras-based underdog is about to enter the fray, opening its first location in the U.S., right here in Denver. However, Espresso Americano is far from an upstart in Honduras, where 140 out of the chain's 165 locations are located. "We've been in the coffee industry for generations," says David Kubena, the company's director for North America. "We have our own 2,000-plus acre farm in Valparaiso, Honduras. We have a roastery... Coffee is in our blood." Kubena and crew are hoping that an upcoming location near the Denver Tech Center and another in the Landmark development in Greenwood Village will open the minds of local caffeine addicts.

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Sunnyside Burger Bar to Open Next Tuesday

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Sunnyside Burger Bar at Lipan and 38th.
Longo's Subway Tavern occupied the same corner of 38th Avenue and Lipan Street for 52 years before closing two years ago amidst laments that the neighborhood was losing much of its classic charm, especially the old-school Italian joints. Larimer Associates purchased the building shortly afterward and partnered with restaurateur Troy Guard to renovate the building and turn it into the new Sunnyside Burger Bar, which will start slinging burgers and pouring craft beers next Tuesday, September 16.

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Protein Bar to Open Fourth Metro Denver Location

Green City vegan bar-rito.
Protein Bar, the Chicago-based quick-casual, healthy-foods concept that opened its first location in Boulder early this year, then quickly added locations by Union Station and on South Colorado Boulevard, will open a fourth metro store before the end of the year, at 1600 Glenarm Street.

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Bonanno Bros. Pizzeria Tosses its Last Pie at Park Meadows

For more than a year Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria, Frank Bonanno's first restaurant outside of Denver city limits, made a go of it in a tough Park Meadows Shopping Center location -- tough for independent restaurateurs, at least, if not for the national chains. "We loved the mall -- the mall was kind to us," says Bonanno. But in the end, he adds, "We just couldn't afford the rent."

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Humble Pie Shop Is Closing Late This Month to Expand to New Location

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The Humble Pie Store has burst its boundaries. Fortunately, there's no hot filling spilling into the streets -- just good news for Denver's favorite pie shop. Humble Pie will be shuttering its bakery in Baker and moving out on September 21 in order to open up a brand-new location in early 2015. "It's actually for one of the most -- excuse the pun -- humble reasons. We have outgrown our space," says manager James Sueling.

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