Opened Thursday, Sept. 14, in conjunction with both the AC Hotel Denver Downtown and Le Méridien Denver Downtown, comes a simple American comfort food restaurant, Corinne and the city’s tallest open-air rooftop bar, 54thirty.
54thirty — complete with fire pits and mile-high views — features a menu created by chef Tobias Burkhalter and Steve Queen. The lounge primarily plates tapas-style bites — from cheesy monkey bread to spicy shrimp lettuce cups — and a selection of creative cocktails, such as the bubbly bees knees and Key lime fizz. Corinne serves up three square meals a day, starting with nibbles such as the pecan French toast and biscuits. For p.m. diners, a handful of sandwiches and light starters are complemented by pork shank and creamy mashed potatoes, Salisbury steak and indulgent lobster mac and cheese.
Growing from its Vail Valley roots, Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. is expanding exponentially, celebrating the grand opening of its third Denver-area location Friday, Aug. 25, at 660. S. Colorado Blvd. in Glendale. This is the first of two former World of Beer spaces Crazy Mountain will take over, the other at 7260 W. Alaska Drive in Lakewood. The Colorado craft brewer also announced plans to open a new mountain taproom in Winter Park Village, to be coined the Crazy Mountain Saloon at Winter Park. Crazy Mountain also has locations in Denver’s Baker neighborhood and Edwards in the Western Slope. The sudsy team hopes to have the Winter Park location — its fifth — open by November. With distribution reaching 27 states, and 11 international markets, Crazy Mountain is recognized as the ninth largest production brewery in the state.
At the new location, Crazy Mountain features 24 beers on draft, including year-round taps of Amber Ale and Creedence Pilsner. It also offers rotating seasonal brews including the Snowcat Coffee Stout and the Bridge Street Holiday Ale.
Georgia Boys BBQ, the popular Longmont-born smoked meats emporium, opened its new flagship eatery at 250 Third Avenue, across the street from its original location, the Daily Camera reported. Owners Matt Alexander and Nick Reckinger are shaking things up with a fast-casual hybrid that combines a full-service bar with the familiar walk-up order counter. The barbecue joint already has an full-service foutpost in Frederick and its owners are looking at expansion nationally, starting perhaps with the Northwest.
The new Longmont restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; same for Sunday, except closing at 8 p.m.
The ever-growing Stanley Marketplace has a new tenant in business, Maria Empanada. Owner Lorena Cantarovici, who moved her shop to South Broadway three years ago has joined the Stanley lineup of vendors that include outposts of Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen, Comida, Denver Biscuit Company, and Sweet Cow Creamery. This third outpost of the Argentinean-inspired eatery (a second one opened in the Denver Tech Center) occupies a a 300-square-foot space from which guests can buy empanadas stuffed with meats, cheeses, and vegetables.
After a month long pop-up in the Mile High City, San Diego’s Chicken Rebel decided to stay and continue serving its signature fried chicken sandwiches and tater tots, Westword reported. Owner Lydie Lovett found a home-for-now in RiNo at Finn’s Manor where she will be dishing out her fried creations (some of which are vegetarian friendly) Wednesdays through Sundays. But Lovett is looking for a real brick and mortar here in Denver and hopes to have a lease in hand this fall. She is also moving forward with a San Diego location.
A staple of the Colfax restaurant scene, Bourbon Grill is opening today at 3 p.m. in the former home of Pizza Fusion at 571 E. Colfax Avenue. Owners Lien Vo and Tom Lieber shuttered the original fifteen year old location at 1618 East Colfax in July, leaving patrons without their dose of grilled-chicken, served from a walk-up window. In the new digs, there is seating, digital screens, new art, and even some new dishes.
Liza's Café opened today inside of The Saucy Noodle Ristorante (727 S. University Boulevard) in the Bonnie Brae neighborhood. With a friendly vibe in one of the rooms of the old school restaurant, the counter service business offers coffee and espresso drinks, several breakfast and lunch options, including pastries, and also some alcoholic beverages. It is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The Saucy Noodle continues to operate for dinner.
Bar Louie is opening its newest bar and kitchen in Lakewood at Belmar (7111 West Alaska Drive) continuing the company’s regional expansion with its sixth Mountain state location. Grand “toasting” festivities start on Tuesday, August 1 at 4 p.m. and an official ribbon-cutting ceremony is slated for 5 p.m. A first happy hour will follow in which Bar Louie will also feature its weekly ‘Five-Dollar Burger Night’ special (until closing time). Part of the celebration will include ‘National Night Out’—an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.
A third outpost of Pizza Republica, a locally-owned business that started in the Denver Tech Center and has a Downtown location, is now open in Glendale. Located at City Set ( 686 South Colorado Boulevard) in a space that formerly housed Silvi’s Kitchen, the Neapolitan pizzeria is happy to serve its new community pizzas, pastas, and Italian-inspired entrees.
Loveland has an extra coffee shop as of late last week. Dark Heart Coffee Bar finally launched at 419 Jefferson Street in a contemporary space where specialty coffee drinks brewed with beans from Northwest coffee roaster Coava are the focus. There is kombucha and cold brew coffee on tap, other non-alcoholic beverages, plus fresh cupcakes, macaroons, and other baked treats. Bonus: There is a cozy patio that works well in the daytime as well as the evening.
Up in the mountains, East Coast-inspired Village Bagel is opening a storefront in Edwards, across US Highway 6 from Riverwalk, formerly occupied by Freshies, VailMag reported. The soon-to-open shop will feature a dine-in area plus new equipment that includes a 25-gallon kettle straight from New York City. Fresh-squeezed juice, cold press coffee, kombucha, and a draft beer or two, plus mimosas and Bloody Marys will be among the beverage offerings. House-made schmears and spreads will be made fresh daily and high-ticket brunch items like boiled-and-baked bagels served with accompaniments like towers of cured and smoked salmon and other fish options as well as latkes, traditional caviar service, etc will also be a highlight. Owner Connie Leaf plans to open this fall.
Upon renting property in River North, Nato Francesato and Andrew Kaczmarek didn’t expect their 1930s brick warehouse would require time-consuming updates and construction. The 3,000-square-foot-space at 2801 Walnut Street, formerly taken by a farm warehouse/wholesaler, hopes to become 14er Brewing Company between the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018. In the meantime, the 14er team has opened a beer-to-go sales room, offering limited samples and Crowlers for off-site consumption Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. During the two-hour chunks, guests can get a feel for the beer brand, belly up to a large bar and examine site plans for the full brewhouse buildout. Flagship suds include th Mt. Massive IPA, Rocky Mountain Saison, Marron Bells Guava Ale and more.
Kung Fu Tea opened July 3, bringing customizable bubble tea to the suburbs at 6365 E. Hampden Ave. Using Asian tea as the base – rather than commercial powder like some bubble tea brands – the international franchise launched its first Colorado location with an extensive menu. Thirsty customers can select the temperature, sweetness, how much ice, and other specific factors for their unique concoctions. With categories such as “Slush” and “Milk Strike,” guests can add toppings, such as tapioca bubbles and nana jelly, or flavors including Oreo milk tea and red bean slus. The new Denver location is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Another addition to the Stanley Marketplace in Aurora (2501 Dallas Street) is a second outpost of Mondo Market, a specialty foods and sandwich shop that got its start at The Source nearly four years ago. At this second location, Mondo’s new cheese and charcuterie curing chamber is a highlight. The shop also offers prepared foods, like chicken and pasta salads, guacamole, and banana bread, made in-house. Through a collaboration with Little Noodle, handmade and extruded fresh pastas are available. Mondo Market plans to continue to grow and offer a variety of classes and events at the Stanley later this year.
Renegade Burrito, a new fast-casual Mexican restaurant, is opening of three locations which will serve daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The flagship Westminster outpost (13648 Orchard Parkway) invites guests to visit on Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 and receive a buy-one, get-one-free entrée card. Founded in 2017 by Brad and Tiffani Harris and Lenny and Brenda Garner, Renegade serves authentic Mexican fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Diners can customize burritos, bowls, tacos, and salads with a variety of tortillasf. Menu highlights include breakfast burritos that are served all day, such as The Inferno with bacon, chorizo, potatoes, eggs, cheddar jack cheese, Renegade hot sauce, and roasted jalapeño pico on a jalapeño cheddar tortilla. The other locations are at 10005 Grant Street in Thornton and at 3105 S Peoria Street in Aurora.
Sazza, a pizza and salad eatery that got its start in Greenwood Village's Cherry Hills Marketplace, is now serving at the buzzy Stanley Marketplace in Aurora (2501 Dallas Street). The restaurant, owned by Jeff Rogoff, is deeply committed to sustainability, manifested through using all-natural, organic ingredients, sourced from local farmers when in season. The space, designed by Arch11, is nearly twice the size of its 10-year-old original and includes a community room for classes and demonstrations.
Urban Egg, a breakfast and lunch eatery with locations in Highlands Ranch and Fort Collins, added a third outpost at Belleview Station. Located at 6750 E. Chenango Avenue, the locally owned and operated business brings its own twist to breakfast and lunch favorites. Guest favorites include the stuffed French toast, the breakfast quinoa, and the massive build-your-own Bloody Mary bar.
Riding the poke trend, DTC-born Poke City launched a second location in Glendale at 1128 South Colorado Boulevard. The fast casual restaurant gives guests the opportunity to build their own meal by choosing a seafood protein (think tuna, salmon, shrimp, octopus), a base (white or brown rice or spring greens), and a variety of toppings and sauces. Lunch and dinner is served daily at this second location as it is at the original. A third location is in the works for Castle Rock.
LoHi’s breakfast darling Prosper Oats opened its second location at 8001 Arista Place in Broomfield. A restaurant, cafe, juice bar and coffee shop, Prosper Oats serves the busy eater eager for a healthy meal. Popular dishes include the acai bowl and the steel-cut oats, but the customizable bowls and large menu really have something for every taste. Bonus: There are fresh-fruit ice pops made on the premises.