Penny Parker’s On The Town: Loews Denver Hotel will be flying a different flag

January 11, 2013

The Loews Denver Hotel in Glendale is being sold to Hyatt, and will be transformed into a Hyatt Place as of Feb. 21, according to a super secret source.

According to my spy, she discussed the ownership change with a manager who confirmed the impending brand transition. No one from the City of Glendale nor from returned phone calls as of deadline.

If the flag does change, that will mean severely altering Loews, which considers itself a luxury brand, to a mid-line Hyatt product, which typically is an 11-story hotel with between 125 to 200 rooms located in an urban, suburban or airport location, according to the website description. Hyatt Place hotels are often compared to Marriott’s Courtyard brand.

The sale of the Loews property was completed on Dec. 20, and the hotel is only accepting reservations through Feb. 28. Hyatt Place brands feature suite-type amenities with big-screen TVs, free wifi access and a complimentary hot breakfast daily. Hyatt Places also include meeting rooms for small corporate events. Room prices are roughly $129 a night.

I will let you know more deets as they become available.

La La land

Former Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony and wife, La La, have been living separately, according to an item Thursday in the New York Post.

“It is true they haven’t seen much of each other in the past few months,”a friend of the couple told the gossip column Page Six. “She’s been away a lot filming her show, ‘La La’s Full Court Life,’ in London, New York and LA. “They are not separated and are still together. She and Melo have a house in LA – so she’s always there when she’s doing auditions.”

However, another source contradicts that point of view. “They have been living separately for several months now,” that source says. “She’s been living in LA while Carmelo has been in New York.

According to The Post, “Sources add that La La’s also been partying with girlfriends from Mexico to Miami, which has displeased Melo and made him angry.”

Add to this latest rumor of a possible split the famous dust-up between Carmelo and the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett over a speculated infidelity. “Melo was suspended for one game for the post-game clash with Garnett over the incident,” The Post says.

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War torn

Joey is a featured life-sized puppet presented by the Handspring Puppet Company that brings breathing, galloping, and charging horses to thrilling life on stage in this production of “War Horse”, the Broadway hit playing the Buell Theatre Jan. 8 through 20.

Here are Joey’s stats:

    • Joey weighs 120 pounds and is handmade by 14 people. Its frame is mostly cane, soaked, bent and stained.
    • An aluminum frame along the spine, lined partly with leather for comfort, allows the horse to be ridden.
    • Stretched, hosiery-like Georgette fabric makes up the “skin” beneath the frame.
    • A puppeteer at the head controls the ears and head; one in the heart controls breathing and front legs; a third in the hind controls the tail and back legs.
    • A harness connects the puppet’s and puppeteer’s spines so his or her movements become the breathing of the horse.
    • The tail and ears are moveable instead of the lips or eyelids, because that’s how horses usually express themselves.
    • Two levers connected with bicycle brake cables control the leather ears.
    • The puppet, just under 10 feet long and about eight feet tall, has about 20 major joints. Vertical levers curl the knees and lift the hooves.
    • The neck is made of carbon fiber glass for flexibility.
    • The eyes are black color behind clear resin so light refracts through them.
    • The right hind lever moves the tail up and down; the left hind lever, left to right; moved together, it spirals.
    • The hair in the mane and tail is made of Tyvek, a plastic-like paper.

Tickets are available only by calling either 303-893-4100 or at Beware of scalpers selling tickets on the Internet because they are more often than not fraudulent.

Ace is the place

Ace, the popular Asian eatery and Ping-Pong place from the makers of Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben’s, just unveilved its new lunch, dinner and dessert menus.

Tops on Chef Brandon Biederman’s list of new additions include the Spicy Pork Ramen, the Bahn Mi menu featuring four different varieties like chicken thigh and pork belly, the Crispy Brussel Sprouts and Shishito Peppers and the Kung Pao Half Chicken, available at dinner only.

In conjunction with Sous Chef Donny Carrasco at Steuben’s, Chef Biederman has revamped the Ace dessert menu to include several new selections including a Vietnamese Coffee Creme Brulee.

“Many of these new items has been successfully run as specials,” Biederman said. “We have listened to what our guests were looking for, and made some changes. Shared plates are still definitely an option, but finding individual entrees is way easier now.”

Ace is open beginning at 11 a.m. with the new lunch menu, and will be running the new dinner menu starting at 3 p.m. More information:

Eavesdropping on a woman rummaging through her purse at The Celtic Tavern: “I need glasses to find my glasses.”

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