More hummus and pita, please?
Last year, Denver got two new Israeli and Middle Eastern restaurants, each bringing to town a strong hummus and pita game. Now in 2019, a New York-based Mediterranean chain specializing in flatbread and dips is opening its first of five Denver outposts, starting on the 16th Street Mall. The Hummus & Pita Co. serves what it sounds like, with stuffed pita sandwiches, laffa wraps, bowls, and platters of meats, grains, and vegetables. But the fast-casual restaurant has taken some liberties with hummus recipes, selling savory as well as sweet varieties in chocolate, cookie dough, and cake batter. There’s even a vegan hummus shake, made from chickpeas, tahini, banana, dates, and almond milk plus other flavors. Next-level hummus eaters can check it out starting January 7 at 825 16th Street.
Hot pot remake
After nearly a year on South Broadway, Mongolian hot pot spot Chubby Cattle is remaking itself as a conveyor belt sushi restaurant and “DIY ramen bar.” Rolls by Chubby Cattle is open and serving all-you-can-eat sushi for a limited time at 2 Broadway. There’s still hot pot but also the sushi, build-your-own ramen bowls, and a full bar. “After taking the community’s feedback on Chubby Cattle, we decided to reopen a completely new restaurant — new concept, new staff, new menu, new experience,” a representative wrote in a release. Las Vegas-based Chubby Cattle last February started serving its automated hot pot in Denver, with the ingredients delivered to tables via refrigerated tubular transport.
Last bar of the year award
Hazel Art Bar was the last bar to open in Denver in 2018, Westword reported this week. The Platt Park space displays and sells local art as well as take-home art kits. It encourages artists to bring supplies and practice their craft while sipping alcoholic drinks. And it will offer monthly classes to community members. Owners Tori and Tom Schumacher wanted to create a neighborhood bar and “to establish an element of the whimsical and artistic energy provided by the community of Old South Pearl,” according to their website. The bar, located at 1581 South Pearl Street, is also the newest business on a stretch that saw multiple restaurant, cafe, and bakery additions last year.
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- Name Changes and a New Bar Close Out 2018 [Westword]