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Row, row, row your skiff to Ignite Ale House in Arvada

July 3, 2015

Concept Restaurant Group has renovated and reconcepted what was previously Woody’s Tavern Ignite Ale House + Kitchen in Arvada, and reopens in its new form Monday.

In the new Arvada Ale House + Kitchen at 7995 Sheridan Blvd. (www.facebook.com/ignitealehouse?fref=ts), a 23-foot-long, bright orange rowing shell hangs on the wall.  It belongs to owner and Denver restaurant veteran (Rock Bottom, Old Chicago, Chop House, Rialto Cafe) Frank Day who has had it since the early ’80s.

The boat is fiberglass, lightweight, 11 inches wide and 23 feet long and has two 9-foot oars.  Day, who rowed in college, rowed the shell for exercise for many years on Baseline Lake in Boulder.

The boat was made in France, and Day says, “It’s the only imported thing in the new Ignite Ale House + Kitchen,” which will serve global styles of beer all crafted in Colorado.  It arrived broken in half and so Day wasn’t charged for it and set about repairing the fiberglass himself.  He added a racing stripe to the hull to cover up the damage, and if you look closely you can still see the patch job.

Like the Ignite in Denver’s Ballpark neighborhood, Ignite in Arvada will have great burgers and wood-fired pizzas on the menu, but because of its location, there will be a greater focus on serving kids and families.

The restyled bar area has been opened up and hosts two long community tabes each seating eight to 10 people. They added a lot of comfy booth seating and connected the inside to the outside with two large garage doors leading out to the patio where new games like corn hole, darts and life-size Jenga will be available.

For more information, go to www.ignitealehouse.com.

Green chile chicken mac and cheese (top), Man candy (bacon) and pork chop entree at Ignite in Arvada. (Penny Parker photos)

Man cand (bacon, top), pork chop entree and green chile mac and cheese (bottom) at Ignite Ale House in Arvada. (Penny Parker photos)Pork chop_Ignite Green chile chicken mac_Ignite

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Baur’s continues Sunday concert series

July 3, 2015

The newest restaurant and music venue in downtown Denver, Baur’s Restaurant and Listening Lounge (1512 Curtis St.), continues its summer concert lineup bringing artists from across the U.S. and Canada to the intimate venue.

The evenings include music and dancing from the featured band as well as a themed menu from Baur’s Restaurant. The upcoming artists coming to town range from singers and songwriters to pianists, jazz musicians and blues legends.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Singer and pianist Leif Vollenbekk at 8 p.m. Sunday.
  • Bluegrass from MIPSO at 8 p.m. July 19.
  • Jazz trombonist and vocalist Natalie Cressman at 8 p.m. Aug. 2.
  • Singer songwriter Amy Speace at 8 p.m. Aug. 9.
  • New age music of Scott Cossu and Beth Quist at 8 p.m. Aug. 16.
  • Blues legend Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen at 8 p.m. Sept. 2.
  • Singer songwriter A.J. Croce at 8 p.m. Sept. 10.
  • Singer songwriter Jill Sobule at 7 p.m. Nov. 29.

For more information and reservations, go to www.baursrestaurant.com or call 303-615-4000.

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Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day Monday

July 3, 2015

Monday is National Fried Chicken Day — the best finger-lickin’ day of the year.

In honor of this most-delicious day, the fried chicken experts at MAX’s Wine Dive (696 Sherman St. – www.maxswinedive.com/denver-east-7th-avenue/) are offering a special all day long – buy one, get one free on their famous southern fried chicken.

MAX’s has won numerous national awards for its fried chicken that’s brined in jalapeno buttermilk and fried at a low temperate to keep the chicken tender and juicy, and there’s a gluten free version that’s breaded with a cauliflower mixture that some say is even better than the original.

(Kevin Marple photo)

(Kevin Marple photo)

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Toast marriage equality at Punch Bowl Social

July 3, 2015

Punch Bowl Social (65 Broadway) is partnering with Breckenridge Distillery to create a #LoveWins cocktail in honor of the recent Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex marriage in all 50 states. The summery beverage is made with lavender syrup, lime juice, peach bitters, ginger beer and Breckenridge Bourbon.

The #LoveWins cocktail is $7 and Punch Bowl Social is giving $2 (because this effort represents two people) to The Human Rights Campaign through the month of July for each #LoveWins cocktail sold.

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Sushi Ronin completes 2930 Umatilla development

July 3, 2015

Gravitas Development Group, a local firm specializing in urban infill development, has announced Sushi Ronin as the final tenant of its new five-story development at 2930 Umatilla. Located in the LoHi neighborhood directly south of the popular neighborhood eatery Linger 2930 Umatilla will house a mix of office and restaurant tenants.

“We reviewed a variety of concepts for the street-level restaurant space at 2930 Umatilla and felt that Sushi Ronin was an ideal fit for both the building and the neighborhood,” said Ryan Diggins, Gravitas Development Group partner. “LoHi needs a sushi restaurant to call its own and Corey Baker’s impressive experience and vision for Sushi Ronin will work well in a neighborhood in which chef-driven restaurants have been the catalyst to development.”

Comprised of 23,000 square feet, 2930 Umatilla is currently home to Delivery Agent, the market leader in turning viewers into revenue-generating consumers, located on the building’s third, fourth and a portion of the fifth floors. The building starts and stops with restaurants; the street level and top floors will both be home to local dining concepts, each slated to open in late 2015. The top floor will be operated by restaurateur Justin Cucci, the chef/owner of other popular Denver concepts including Linger, Root Down and Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox. The restaurant will showcase unobstructed eastern views of downtown Denver from a large open-air patio.

Sushi Ronin will make its home on the bottom street level space. At the helm of the restaurant is Executive Chef and partner Baker. Baker has more than 10 years experience and training in the art of sushi and Japanese cuisine, from numerous master sushi, kaiseki and kappo-style chefs. Baker was formerly the head sushi chef at Denver’s lauded Sushi Den, where he worked for more than six years. Prior to that, in 2004, Baker opened Sushi Hai, located in Denver’s Highlands neighborhood, and ran the kitchen as the executive chef for three years. Baker also has experience in the kitchens at Sushi Sasa, Sushi Yoshi, Sweet Ginger/Spicy Ginger and Rice Bistro.

Boasting just under 2,000 square feet, Sushi Ronin will feature transitional indoor/outdoor space and a distinct dining area and bar/lounge. With an omakase forward menu, Sushi Ronin will also offer a curated sake and spirits to complement the menu.

“I’m looking forward to bringing my vision for Sushi Ronin to life,” Baker said. “The concept of Sushi Ronin is rooted in traditional sushi preparation, and this will be juxtaposed with an esoteric-traditional menu to create an intimate yet energetic environment.”


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Today’s eavesdropping

July 3, 2015

Eavesdropping on myself: “Have a blast on the Fourth!”

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Union Station shows its Stars and Stripes

July 1, 2015

Denver Union Station will hold its first annual Stars and Stripes Express Fest from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the popular historic building in front of the Terminal Bar on Wynkoop Street.  During the month of July, The Crawford Hotel and Denver Union Station will celebrate the official one-year anniversary of its revitalization, in addition to kicking off the Independence Day weekend by extending the Terminal Bar patio for a day with live entertainment and family fun.

On Friday, the Wynkoop side of the historical building will offer an extended patio featuring refreshments from the Terminal Bar, Little Man Ice Cream and old-fashioned floats from MilkBox Ice Creamery, live entertainment and family-friendly activities including face painting.  Musical entertainment will include the Dixieland Express Trio, Train 45, Phat Daddy and more.

“It will be a great way to kick off the weekend in Denver,” said Joe Vostrejs, of the Union Station Alliance.  “There’s so much happening in the city for the Fourth like the Zac Brown Band concert at Coors Field and fireworks at Civic Center Park, we wanted to start the celebration off in everyone’s favorite place to be, Union Station.”

More information about the Denver Union Station Stars and Stripes Express Fest can be found at www.unionstationindenver.com.  Reservations for the July 4th weekend can be made for The Crawford Hotel at www.thecrawfordhotel.com.

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Make pocketgov your pocket pal

July 1, 2015

The City and County of Denver’s mobile website, www.pocketgov.com, has re-launched with a new streamlined look and additional features, providing residents and businesses easier access to key city services.

This upgrade offers a new map that gives residents an opportunity to learn more about races, parades, festivals, markets and other special events planned for public property. Debuting just in time for the busy July 4th holiday weekend, residents can pull up the special events map on their mobile devices or desktop computers and quickly decide whether to join in on the fun or find alternate routes for travel around town.

“Pocketgov is an innovative tool that gives you a direct connection to the city that serves you,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “With the help of resident feedback, we’re adding new features to this online service center every month, like the special events map, and making Denver city living a whole lot easier.”

In addition to the special events map, there are several new features at www.pocketgov.com, including a:

  • Map of B-cycle stations;
  • Map of ballot drop-off locations around the city;
  • Real-time election results.

With the new design, residents can easily use existing services such as:

  • Setting up text message alerts for street sweeping reminders;
  • Reporting potholes or graffiti;
  • Signing up for notifications for waste removal;
  • Finding Denver property values.


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Top Taco announces people’s choice winners

July 1, 2015

DiningOut magazine, the creator of the Top Taco taste fest and competition held Thursday at Sculpture Park, has compiled the winners of the popular vote. They are:
Traditional taco –
* First place: Highland Tap Burger
* Second place: Comida
* Third place: NorthCounty

Creative taco –
* First place: Kachina, Southwestern Grill
* Second place: Comida
* Third place: Los Chingones

Tequila cocktail –
* First place: Highland Tap and Burger Maestro Dobel Tequila
* Second place: Work & Class / Casa Noble
* Third place: Comida / Suerte Tequila

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