DRUNK ON TACOS NEWS: Early next month, Denver chef Lon Symensma will replace his Asian street food stall Kaya Kitchen with a taco shop called BorraCho Tacos at Avanti Food & Beverage. Loosely translated to “drunk tacos,” the shop will serve boundary-pushing tacos that are “drunk with flavor,” according to Symensma. Traditional varieties, such as al pastor with spit-roasted pork, also will be available. Kaya will open in a brick-and-mortar location this summer.
KITCHEN REBOOT NEWS: The original Kitchen in Boulder is now open again after a week-long renovation that overhauled its menu, kitchen equipment, and some restaurant decor. After 14 years in business, this early adopter of the farm-to-table movement has updated its space with new chandeliers and bar seating and dishes such as a grilled piri piri chicken sandwich, blistered beets, and Gulf shrimp hushpuppies. The new menu items (and some classics) by culinary director Meg Grace Larcom are now available on Pearl Street.
CITY O’ SALE NEWS: After closing his updated Campus Lounge last month, local restaurateur Dan Landes has also sold his flagship restaurant City, O’ City and its neighboring Make, Believe Bakery. Having already sold his first restaurant, WaterCourse Foods, Landes is getting out of the business in Colorado, Westword reports. Lauren Roberts and Jennifer Byers now own the two restaurants, and Landes will head to Mexico with his two sons to renovate a hostel. [Westword]
SLOW FOOD NEWS: For the second year in a row, Slow Food Nations will return to Denver, bringing with it big-name chefs such as Massimo Bottura, Rick Bayless, and Alon Shaya. The educational festival will take place around Larimer Square from July 13-15. Both free and ticketed events will be offered, including workshops, tastings, panel discussions, dinners, and an open-air marketplace. Tickets and more information are now available on the Slow Food Nations website.