Weekend Planner

Where to Eat This Weekend: 5 New Options in Denver

By Lori Midson  |  April 24, 2015
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Looking for a new restaurant, live-music venue or taproom to try? Here are five recent debuts in Denver to coax you out of your house this weekend.

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    Late last week, Mark Ferguson, who spent more than two decades cooking with Wolfgang Puck, and his wife Andrea (a Ducasse vet) opened Solitaire. The contemporary two-story restaurant features several dining rooms, a small bar, community table seating, an outdoor fire pit, rooftop patio, blooming gardens and daily changing small plates and entrees marked by responsibly sourced products from Colorado and around the globe. A smart and extensive wine scroll, coupled with a clever cocktail roster and short but notable beer list, rounds out the beverage program.

    3927 W. 32nd Ave.; 303-477-4732

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    Baur's Restaurant and Listening Lounge

    This live-music venue and restaurant opens today in a 9,000-sq.-ft. historic Theater District space that dates back to 1872. Baur's is a collaboration between Dory Ford, chef and CEO of Aqua Terra Culinary, an exclusive catering and event company based in Monterey County, exec chef Robert Grant and and sous-chef Pippa Taylor. The cuisine, described as "timeless and classic," headlines products sourced from Colorado, a nose-to-tail charcuterie program and fresh seafood shipped from both coasts. The beverage lineup is punctuated with ingredient-driven cocktails and wines from small, artisanal producers and private cellars as well as multiple craft beers. In addition, the sprawling space, outfitted with booths, high-tops, two rough-hewn community tables and a swanky lounge, hosts regional and national musicians of all genres on a state-of-the-art stage.

    1512 Curtis St.; 303-615-4000

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    Ophelia's Eclectic Soapbox

    Ophelia's, the newest endeavor from Justin Cucci, founder of Edible Beats, the restaurant group that also owns Root Down and Linger, is turning heads with its brash, bold and deliberately provocative interior rife with subtle sexy undertones. For a comprehensive peek of the space, click here.

    1215 20th St.; 303-993-8023

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    Spangalang Brewery

    Situated in a former Denver Motor Vehicles office, this impressive Five Points brewery (whose name refers to the drumbeat pattern for jazz drumming) and taproom is a beer nerd's dream come true. A new venture from Tyler Rees, once the head brewer of Great Divide, and brewmasters Darren Boyd and Austin Wiley, the lively watering hole pours everything from farmhouse saisons and IPAs to a Belgian dubbel infused with the juice of cherries. The space, decked out with jazz records and a bar built from Douglas fir trees, is overseen by a highly personable staff that treats all guests like regulars.

    2736 Welton St.; 303-297-1276

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    Late last month, Lon Symensma, chef-owner of ChoLon, along with his chef de cuisine Ryan Gorby, unleashed Cho77, a bustling newcomer that elevates authentic Asian street food. The focused menu is a product of Symensma and Gorby's extensive research; the duo spent weeks in countries like Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, eating their way through hundreds of food stalls and hawker centers for inspiration. Read our extensive preview of Cho77 here.

    42 S. Broadway; 720-638-8179

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