Penny Parker’s On The Town: New Ritz boss takes reins

Steve Janicek is livin’ the dream.

The Ritz-Carlton Denver’s new general manager said that if someone had asked him six months ago, “What would be your dream job?”

“This is it,” he said over a beer in the hotel’s bar recently.

Janicek, 52, learned about the GM job opening while he was running The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera but living in Greenwood Village and commuting to the mountains. His career goal was to live and work closer.

As fate would have it, Janicek and The Ritz former GM Andrew Rogers lived six doors away from each other in the same suburban neighborhood. Their paths had rarely crossed even though both had worked for The Ritz-Carlton company at the same time.

Then one night, their worlds collided with a 3 a.m. phone call to Janicek from Rogers.

“He called to ask if my daughter could come over and watch his kids because his wife was going into labor,” Janicek said. “I still had never met him.”

Flash forward two years and the two hotel honchos worked together a few weeks during the transition after Rogers took the task of building a new Ritz-Carlton in Chengdu, China.

“Andrew set me up for great success,” Janicek said about his predecessor who was beloved by the staff that earned the luxury hotel two coveted Five Star Diamond Awards.

“Most times in m career I’ve been come in to fix things,” the new Ritz GM said. “This is so far from the case. He left me a pretty good play book.”

Janicek said he plans to call upon his 20-year marketing experience to improve on the Ritz legacy Rogers left behind.

“What is that signature moment that defines us? What are the guests thinking when they leave? What are they saying about their one-day or two-day getaway? At the end of the day, all of us want to be innkeepers.”

Steve Janicek

Food truck fest

Mayor Michael Hancock clutched a foil-wrapped gyro and Fanta soda as he headed back to the shade of a tent Tuesday during the opening of Civic Center Eats, Denver’s largest food truck festival that will convene most Tuesdays and Thursdays through September.

The route to his gyro lunch was sprinkled with stops as constituents asked him to pose with them for photos.

During his speech to invited guests earlier, the mayor declared the food fest, “My favorite part of the summer. This (event) has closed the Civic Center food desert that existed.”

More than 42 trucks are participating in this event, which has grown like a rosemary bush since it started seven years ago. Cuisines range from arepas to vegetarian tacos. Click here for a list of what food trucks will sell their wares on what date.

Snappy

The Foto Club Buenos Aires has accepted local photographer Dick Nosbisch into International Virtual Image 2012, its 11th annual juried show.

According to chairman Dr. Luis Steinberg, “The exhibition is really a great success!  We had over 700 entries from around the globe.  Our club since 1945 has had a great international prestige.”

The Exhibition and awards presentation will be June 11 at The  Foto Club Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Nosbisch’s entry titled “Projected Image” is a black-and-white nude and was accepted in the category of “Creative”.

Nosbisch, a life-long avid photographer, was best known in Denver for his years off tirelessly promoting the Art Institute of Colorado.

“Projected Image”

Eavesdropping on a woman to a man at the 13th and Broadway bus stop: “They let you have that done in prison?”

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