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A New Lakefront Restaurant Will Serve Fresh Fish in Littleton

Plus, a mac and cheese festival and a new movie-themed tap house

A close-up photo of two fresh fish on ice Photo by Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Littleton will gain a new lakefront restaurant next year

A pair of Denver area restaurateurs are planning to open a new lake-themed restaurant on the shores of Johnson Reservoir in Littleton, BusinessDen reports.

Kevin Wessel, the CEO of the Le Peep breakfast chain, and Mario Vega, the owner of Denver’s now-closed Mario’s Ocean Club seafood restaurant, are planning to open Lake House Kitchen and Tavern at 8026 West Bowles Avenue early next year.

The restaurant will take over the building that most recently housed the Lucha Cantina Mexican restaurant. That space boasts a large patio on the reservoir, which Wessel and Vega told BusinessDen is one of its main attractions.

Lake House’s menu will be focused on freshwater fish, including walleye, perch, and trout. BusinessDen reports the restaurant will also offer fried chicken and sandwiches as well as cocktails and beers, including beers like PBR in a can that are commonly associated with a day at the lake. [BusinessDen]

Denver’s Mac and Cheese fest returns next month

The Denver Mac and Cheese Festival is back next month and once again promises mac enthusiasts the chance to try over 20 variations of mac and cheese from local restaurants.

The event will again take place on Saturday, November 2, at the RiNo Fairgrounds at 3715 Chestnut Place and offer an early session (12:30 to 3:30 p.m.) and a late one (4:30 to 7:30 p.m.).

General session tickets are $56 including fees and promise unlimited samples of the participating mac and cheeses and beers from local craft brewers as well as a commemorative spork (yep, seriously). Premium Big Cheese tickets are $108 with fees and include 30 minutes of early entry to the event and an open bar.

A movie-themed tap house is now pouring in Littleton

A new tap house with a cinematic bent is now pouring beers in Littleton, the Denver Business Journal first reported. The Behind the Scenes Tap House is decorated like the inside of an old-fashioned movie house and will show movies twice a week. The tap house’s theme is inspired by its location inside a 122-year-old building owned by a Denver company called Goldberg Brothers that produces reels for movie theaters.

The “pour-it-yourself” taproom has 50 taps. Permanently parked outside is a food truck offering a menu of fare like wings, salads, and pizzas named after iconic movies. [Denver Business Journal]