The airport space will be 1,390 square feet where owner and founder Steve Ballas and his wife, Linda, will serve a litter of their famous hotdogs along with sides such as the scrumptious deep-fried green beans.
Voted “Best hot dogs in Denver” for six years in a row and #11 “Best hot dog across America,” Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs has been catering to Denver residents and visitors for seven years in its Colfax location. Its restaurant is one of the most authentic and welcoming in the area, and its menu has a unique “homemade” feel. It includes hot dogs, burgers, and sides such as French fries, onion rings, potato tots and chili con carne.
Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs is a supporter of local organizations, such as Project Angel Heart, which serves meals to persons with life-threatening conditions.
“This is a dream come true for my wife and I … we’re walking on air in the Mile High City! We’re super excited to be part of this and look forward to working with our partners and the airport team to introduce the world to the city’s best hot dogs,” Ballas said.
A dine-in restaurant, the DIA Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs also will feature take-out options for travelers in a rush, including “Steve’s On The Go”: a grab’ n’ go counter offering ready-made hot dogs, breakfast sandwiches and wraps. Partnering with the Colorado native Bull & Bush Pub and Brewery — winner of a Gold Award at the World Beer Cup, the world’s largest beer competition — the location also will feature a large bar offering beer, bottled and on tap.
“We are pleased to have Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs, and for the first time, LS travel retail, join our team,” said John Ackerman, chief commercial officer at Denver International Airport. “Steve’s is a popular local brand that will enhance the overall offerings at DIA, and help diversify our concessions.”
With this new award, LS travel retail North America, which is already operating restaurants in Aspen and Vail airports, is further increasing its footprint in Colorado, and in the food business.
Set to open in winter 2014, the restaurant is expected to generate about $2.8 million in annual sales throughout the term of the seven-year contract.
With more than 50 million passengers traveling through the airport each year, DIA is one of the busiest airline hubs in the world’s largest aviation market. DIA is the fifth busiest airport in the United States and the 11th busiest in the world.
LS travel retail operates a network of local, national and international news and gifts, specialty retail, food and beverage and duty-free brands in more than 20 countries, including 245 locations in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
Flicks and food
The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is seeking nominations of outstanding women for the Class of 2014. Members of the hall include singer Judy Collins, former Israeli Prime Minster Golda Meir, dancer and choreographer Cleo Parker Robinson and space scientist Jo Ann Cram Joselyn.
The deadline for nominations is Aug. 23. Visit www.cogreatwomen.org/nominate2013 for information and to download a nomination form.
Since 1985, the Hall has inducted 132 living and historic women. They are women connected to Colorado who represent achievements in politics, medicine, business, philanthropy, education, engineering, activism and other fields. Each woman is a pioneer in her own right, having made a significant and enduring contribution to her profession and to the advancement of women and society.
“Colorado is, and has been, home to many remarkable women past and present,” said Cathy Hatfield, board chair. “We have only begun to recognize who they are and their impact on our state, the nation and the world. It will be exciting to see who emerges in our next class. If you know of a woman who meets the hall’s criteria, nominate her today.”
How about Patty Calhoun, founder and editor of Westword, the weekly newspaper that annoys local newsmakers and entertains Denver readers? She’s got my vote.
The hall inducts women every even-numbered year. Inductees are selected from nominations submitted by the public. The selection committee is an independent panel of community members from around the state. Nominees are evaluated based on the following criteria:
The woman must have ties to Colorado and have:
- Made a significant and enduring contribution to her field;
- Advanced the status of women;
- Helped open new frontiers for women and for society;
- Inspired others by her example;
Inductees for 2014 will be announced November 2013.
Other notable Hall inductees are: Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, legendary golfer Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias, Titanic heroine Margaret “Molly” Brown, former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, pioneer Baby Doe Tabor, philanthropist Susan Anschutz-Rodgers, actress and Tony Award namesake Antoinette Perry, Colorado First Lady Dottie Lamm, U.S. Ambassador Swanee Hunt, former State Supreme Court Justice Mary J Mullarkey and Oscar winner Hattie McDaniel. For a complete list of the hall’s inductees visit www.cogreatwomen.org/ByYear.htm.
The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame was founded in 1985 to recognize and preserve the accomplishments of women, past and present, with connections to Colorado.
Wind Crest retirement community residents Dick and Julie Jones, the founders of Excelsior Youth Center’s residential treatment program in Aurora, have been honored by the organization’s Board of Directors for their volunteer leadership. Excelsior is one of the largest residential treatment programs in the nation for emotionally disturbed and delinquent girls.
Dick is retiring from the Excelsior Board after 40 years of service, including 12 years as its chairman. He is the 1984 recipient of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation’s National Volunteer of the Year Award for his personal commitment and leadership in offering new hope and opportunity for troubled youth.
President Ronald Reagan and former First Lady Nancy Reagan congratulated Dick for his “outstanding and dedicated volunteer service to your community and fellowman” in a Washington, D.C., award ceremony presided over by Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole.
In 1994, upon Dick’s retirement as Regional Counsel of Federal Highway Administration, Colorado Governor Roy Romer presented him with an honorary citation for his significant contributions to the state, including his work with Excelsior.
Eavesdropping on an indignant elderly woman as the lights come up for intermission of Town Hall Arts Center’s production of the classic musical ”Hair”: “I thought this was ‘HairSPRAY!’”
Did you hear that I have a new column, “Mile High Life,” in Colorado Community Media’s 17 weekly newspapers circling Denver? Be sure to like my Facebook page! Also, here’s where you go to get my column emailed to you Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I’m now the social-media liaison for the Mile High Chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association, so read my latest restaurant news there. My email: firstname.lastname@example.org.