No pot in Civic Center Park at 4/20 rally -- but you can raise a glass in McNichols

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A photo of the McNichols Building from the venue's Facebook page.
The city wants to make sure that no one lights up at Civic Center Park this weekend, but you will be able to drink -- as long as you're in the McNichols Building. As our Latest Word blog reported yesterday, Miguel Lopez, organizer of the 4/20 rally, submitted a special-permit liquor-sale request to Denver Arts & Venues, the city department that oversees the McNichols Building. And yes, he recognizes the irony.

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Barricuda's celebrates twenty years with a birthday bash tonight

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The Capitol Hill neighborhood has changed a lot over the past twenty years, but through it all, Barricuda's Restaurant & Lounge, at 1076 Ogden Street, has been a true neighborhood hangout, a place for stiff drinks, good food (served until 4 a.m. on weekends!) and very good times. And all day (and night) today, April 11, Barricuda's will be celebrating its twentieth anniversary.

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Lime shortage hits Denver -- talk about a wedge issue!

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Adelitas pours the best house margarita in town.
The infamous lime shortage -- which has been blamed on everything from a citrus disease to a Mexican drug cartel -- has hit Denver. And while it didn't seem to affect the taste of the the Best of Denver 2014's Best House Margaritas at Adelitas Cocina y Cantina(two-for-one on Monday nights!), we were talked out of a slice of citrus to go with our Tecate Light.

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Sweet! Colorado-born Jolly Rancher flavors get a bounce in gelatin

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Find of the week at Safeway: Jolly Rancher gelatin (never call it Jell-O), in the signature watermelon and green-apple flavors that still taste of childhood to many adults many decades beyond that. Jolly Rancher was founded in 1942 by Bill and Dorothy Harmsen, who sold the company to Hershey in 1996, though the Wheat Ridge factory that made the glossy candies -- as many as fifteen million pieces a day! -- stuck around until 2002.

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Old Major, La Biblioteca join the brunch bunch

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Old Major should have brunch fans in hog heaven.
Two more restaurants are joining the brunch bunch tomorrow. Just over a year after it opened in LoHi, Old Major will launch a Saturday and Sunday brunch menu. And down the hill in Riverfront, La Biblioteca -- a Sandoval Restaurant concept that took over for Al Lado last fall -- will begin offering brunch on Saturday and Sundays, too. And continuing the tradition introduced at other Sandoval spots, this brunch is bottomless not just for brunch cocktails, but any dish you want.

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The Blue Parrot, Colorado's oldest Italian restaurant, gets a facelift -- at 95

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The Blue Parrot has been holding down this corner of Louisville for almost a century.
After 95 years in business, it's not surprising that the Blue Parrot would opt for a bit of a facelift. But when the Colacci family that owns the blue-hued, red-sauce joint in Louisville decided to update the facade, they chose to celebrate not just the history of the iconic restaurant but of the entire town -- with a mural depicting scenes from the nineteenth century to today. "The Blue Parrot is the oldest Italian restaurant in Colorado and carries with it a rich history of our community," says Paul Weissmann, the former legislator who's worked there for decades.

See also: Is Blue Parrot the oldest family-owned restaurant in Colorado?

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Smiling Moose Deli expands its range and menu

LoDo's Smiling Moose.
Smiling Moose Deli, which got its start in the Vail Valley in 2003, recently opened four new locations in Ohio, South Dakota, Montana and North Dakota. But this casual deli chain has not only expanded its geographic range: it's also expanded its menu with a brand-new dish, the Mo!Mac, a combination of the Moose's Mighty Mo! and its classic mac-and-cheese.

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CY Steak and baRed looking for a chef de cuisine after Doug Mace exits

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Cliff Young...or Mr. French?
Doug Mace has gotten out of the kitchen at CY Steak, the steakhouse next to the Diamond Cabaret that Cliff Young opened five years ago. CY shares a kitchen with baRed, the bar/lounge/restaurant around the corner at 437 West Colfax that Young and his son, Zach, opened in December, and that means the father-and-son partners are now looking for a new hand for both. But since CY had kept chef Clem McHale -- "a real old-school beef guy," says Zach -- when Mace came on, "instead of hiring an executive chef, we're hiring a chef de cuisine," explains Cliff. "We're looking at a number of people."

See also: Chef and Tell with Doug Mace

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Cappello's gluten-free pasta moving fasta than owners expected

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When friends Benjamin Frohlichstein and Stacey Marcellus first talked about creating a gluten-free pasta company a few years ago, they wanted to create a viable business -- but they never expected Cappello's to become so successful so quickly. "All of a sudden we were on the shelves," Frohlichstein says. And not just any shelves: Today gluten- and grain-free pasta from Cappello's can be found not only in Whole Foods, Natural Grocers and Sprouts stores across Colorado, but also in five other states.

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Denver Broncos bench Marczyk Fine Foods cow, allow orange dip to stay

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Banned by the Denver Broncos!
Barb Macfarlane and Pete Marczyk, husband-and-wife founders of Marczyk Fine Foods, were so excited about the Denver Broncos going to the Super Bowl that their talented staffers dressed up the Marczyk cow in Broncos gear for the weekly newsletter, right over over some tasty ideas for Super Bowl snacks. And faster than you could empty a bowl of housemade Disco Jim's pimento cheese dip, they received a cease-and-desist order from the Denver Broncos Football Club. Not only does the National Football League consider "Super Bowl" an NFL trademark that can only be used with written permission (unless you're one of the billions of media outlets hyping the hell out of the game, that is), but the Broncos don't appreciate any unauthorized use of "Bronco Marks."

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