Meals chain: A delicious Denver dining dispatch

A plate from chef Brian Lockwood’s pop-up at Boulder’s Basta. Picture: Jeff Fierberg

Wrapping up all the calendar year-conclusion happenings in the Colorado restaurant scene, we give you the deliciously superior along with the heartburn-inducing headlines you want to know about your favored eating places and much more.

  • A leadership dispute, an expired liquor license and a restraining purchase are threatening to hold Bonfire Brewing shuttered in Eagle. The brewery is wanting for a future after the demise of co-founder Andy Jessen in an avalanche before this yr. 
  • Brian Lockwood — formerly of Eleven Madison Park, the French Laundry and Boulder’s Frasca — will end his seasonal residency at Basta with a 5-program, Israeli-impressed menu, on Dec. 31, the chef tells Axios.
    • A portion of the proceeds from every single meal go to Sophie’s Neighborhood, a nonprofit started by nearby chef Hosea Rosenberg.
Chefs Hosea Rosenberg and Brian Lockwood
Cooks Hosea Rosenberg and Brian Lockwood. Picture: Jeff Fierberg
  • The Cole neighborhood got a new addition with the debut of Yacht Club, which fancies alone as “a nerdy cocktail bar, a all-natural wine bar, a(n) (expletive) dive bar,” at least in accordance to its menu.
  • Two-year-outdated FlyteCo Brewing is getting its title to coronary heart by opening a 2nd place inside the previous Stapleton Airport handle tower, which beforehand housed a Punch Bowl Social.
  • Broadway’s Bar 404, created in 1929 and opened the day right after Prohibition finished in 1933, returned to the scene Dec. 15 with a full foodstuff and consume menu and live amusement courtesy of the two former owners of Inga’s Alpine Tavern.
  • Immediately after closing because of to COVID, chef Lon Symensma’s French eatery, recently dubbed Bistro LeRoux, reopened last Friday in LoDo, in between his other dining establishments, ChoLon and YumCha Dumpling and Noodle Bar.
Bistro LeRoux
Bistro LeRoux. Picture: Matt Nager/ChoLon Restaurant Principles
  • Chef Tajahi Cooke hopes to assistance chefs with a new residency program known as the Chef Kitchen. All through month-lengthy residencies, cooks will have the option to experiment with their culinary creations together with mentorship and monetary assistance.
  • The brains behind Third Culture’s doughy mochi muffins are contacting it quits in Colorado at the conclude of this 12 months, citing falling product sales, “a lot of racist behavior and confrontational actions in addition to pandemic stresses.”
  • The once-a-year “Shock and Claus” holiday getaway breakfast, which has astonished Colorado restaurant staffers with ideas since 2015, made its visual appeal in early December at an Aurora IHOP when a team of 8 diners tipped their server $1,200 following taking in at the East Colfax Avenue spot.
  • Lodge Jerome, Auberge Resorts Assortment, has unveiled its reimagined Lousy Harriet, the property’s warm speakeasy nestled beneath the historic Aspen Moments constructing.
  • Bar Louie is revealing its first-ever model redesign in this article in Denver at its place in the Shops at Northfield, showcasing new colours, lighting and household furniture.
  • Even immediately after a compact team of workers launched a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of setting up co-possession of the little-town Minturn Saloon — beloved by skiers, snowboarders and locals — the cafe stays on the industry.


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