A Colorado father-and-son team, Dan and Jeff Nickless, will reopen iconic Bonnie Brae neighborhood standby the Campus Lounge sometime in October. The Nicklesses hope to bring the bar back to what it once was, with the addition of new TVs screening sporting events, and a menu that includes green chile and burgers, the Denver Channel reports. Jim Wiste, who died early this year, owned the Campus Lounge for more than 40 years, and Dan Landes revamped it in 2017, but kept the bar open for only five months. The Nickless family previously owned the Esquire Market, which supplied meat for the Campus Lounge. They were frequent visitors at the old watering hole.
Belleview Station arrival
Adding to its sister locations in Highland and Sloan’s Lake, Tap & Burger has arrived in the Tech Center at Belleview Station, 4910 South Newport Street. The new restaurant will serve grass-fed beef from Western Daughters. Veggie options include the Impossible Burger and a red curry quinoa bowl, among other choices. New to the menu are booze-optional milkshakes inspired by “Pulp Fiction” — the Marcellus Wallace is a blend of Fernet, Bailey’s, vanilla ice cream, and mint leaf.
A new food hall stall
By mid-October, wood-fired meat counter The Rotary will take over the space currently occupied by Chow Morso at Avanti Food and Beverage. The menu will feature Churrasco rotisserie-style meats like chicken, pork shoulder, and beef sirloin; seasonal sides like grilled broccolini; a kale and apple salad; sandwiches served on ciabatta; and frozen custard for dessert. Chef Don Gragg has been behind the counter at Chow Morso for the past two years. Prior to that he cooked at Barolo Grill, Chez Panisse, and Gramercy Tavern. Chow Morso is about to open its brick-and-mortar restaurant on Wynkoop Street.