DRINKING GAMES NEWS: After making waves with a Christmas-themed bar in December, Wayward is back with an Olympic popup in time for the start of the winter games. Starting Friday at 6 p.m., and running Tuesdays through Saturdays throughout the Winter Olympics, the restaurant on Little Raven Street will transform its adjacent bar space. See air hockey, table curling, and shot skis, among other winter drinking games. TVs will air the major PyeongChang 2018 events, country-specific drinks will be served, and South Korean street food will be offered. The Oh Canada is made with whiskey, bacon, Punt e Mes, and sarsaparilla bitters. And the Ban Chan plate combines soy-braised peanuts, sesame bean sprouts, spicy pickled cucumbers, house kimchi, and sesame spinach.
FAMILY DINNER NEWS: After three months in business on LoHi’s Central Street, The Bindery is starting Sunday Family Dinners, in which kids under the age of 10 eat for free. The children’s menu includes butterfly macaroni and cheese, meatballs and cheese grits, and, for the more adventurous eaters, prosciutto-wrapped roasted chicken and potatoes. Kids meals come with a healthy drink and homemade ice cream. Or families of four can dine together on a slow-roasted chicken with vegetables, salad, and a whole cake at the end, all for $55.
NIGHT MOVES NEWS: Call, the new daytime cafe on Larimer Street, is kicking-off evening service this week. By day the restaurant serves mackerel tartines, chicken and rice soup, and shaved fennel salads, as well as coffee and Danish aebelskiver donuts. Starting Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., customers can drop in for a compact but full bar menu and more food offerings in the evening. The bar is run by former Frasca manager Allison Anderson. Translation: Top-notch wines and cocktails in a casual Scandinavian space with food to match it.
BREAKOUT MENU NEWS: Panzano’s new chef, Nic Lebas, has launched his first breakfast, brunch, and dinner menus at the downtown Italian staple. New to Denver, the French chef follows big local names like Jennifer Jasinski and Elise Wiggins in the Hotel Monaco’s restaurant kitchen. Lebas’ new menu items include a whole roasted chicken with grilled endive, rosemary potatoes, chicken foie gras jus, and olive aioli. See also a lobster and scallop agnolotti with lobster consommé, trumpet mushrooms, and pickled turnips. For dessert, there’s a new pistachio olive oil cake with citrus merengue and basil sorbet.