Archive for November, 2007
Holiday in the Kitchen Posted by
Last night I got to attend my first holiday party of the season! I was lucky enough to be invited to the Holiday in the Kitchen event at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. You might remember my previous post in which I reported that the Adam’s Mark had been sold and will eventually become a Sheraton.
This event was awesome! What makes it so unique is that they actually have the party in the kitchen of the hotel and you get to watch the chefs prepare what you will eat. There was an amazing display of seafood and shellfish with huge bowls made of ice. There was also an entire ballroom that was just for desserts! Everything I tried was really good from the buffalo tenderloin to the rock shrimp salad. I had more than enough of their petit fours and other desserts.
This party really kicked off my holiday season and think it is such a unique location in Downtown right on the 16th Street Mall. I will be very curious to see what changes the Sheraton folks will make and if they will continue the tradition of this event. I hope so!
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Signs of the Season Posted by
Be careful for what you wish for! I have been complaining about how warm it has been and wanted it to feel more like November. Well today it happened - it is COLD! While out and about the past week I captured some more images of signs of the holiday season.
Writer’s Square is all decked out, banners are out on the 16th St. Mall and a number of trees all over downtown are being coverd in lights. I am most excited by the brand new giant tree in Skyline Park. I think this will serve a great holiday gathering spot for Downtown as we head into December. I hope it is a trend that continues and is able serve as part of new traditions for lots of people.
I will get some images of all of the holiday lights at night once they are all up.
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Starbucks on 14th Posted by
As I was walking down 14th St. past The Inn at Auraria and the Denver Center for Performing Arts today I noticed a sign in the window of the last vacant street level retail space. It appears that 14th Street is getting its own Starbucks.
Personally, I have to admit I am fan of Starbucks so I think this is great. While I know some people would disagree, I think this will really enliven the middle of the block and contribute to more 24/7 activity on 14th St. With 600+ students, Curtis Hotel guests and patrons of the Denver Center for Performing Arts, I know this location will be very busy. I think this will be the first of many service based retailers that will start popping up along this corridor to compliment all of the ongoing development. While there are locations very close to this one in Larimer Square and at 16th & Curtis I think it will be good to have a public gathering space in this area.
From the progress I saw through the window I think they will probably open in early spring of 2008.
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40 Shopping Days Left! Posted by
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Rioja & the MCA Denver Posted by
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Fontius Building Posted by
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As I reported in my previous July 5th blog entry, the Theater Cafe closed a couple of months ago - most likely in response to the opening of a couple of other nearby eateries. Recently, signs went up announcing that the future new tenant of the space will be the LimeLight Supper Club & Lounge.
Lime light is being developed by the Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group who also has three other high profile restaurants in Downtown Denver.
Having eaten in all three I am excited for this new breath of fresh air in the DCPA and believe they will be very successful in building a loyal clientele. His closest other restaurant, Kevin Taylor’s At The Opera House, is just across the way in the basement of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and is stunning to see.
I think it will be cool that when you attend a performance that you can during intermission walk across the atrium, get a beverage and then be able to walk back into your performance with it. Most exciting to me is that this prime retail spot will be activated again and no longer a dark space in such a visible location. I wish them luck!
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Osteria Marco Posted by
Del Mar’s Crab House in Larimer Square has closed. I had not been down there for a while and was surprised by how quickly it changed. In its place is now Osteria Marco.
Frank Bonanno has opened up a new Italian eatery that fits in Larimer Square but has a more casual price point and menu. Osteria is just a couple of doors away from one of my favorite eateries The Market. They have an amazing dessert called “Spring Fling” cake that is just to die for.
I enjoyed Del Mar’s and I am sad it is gone but the whole appeal and vibe of Larimer Square is that the tenant mix is constantly changing to keep it fresh and new.
I still remember when there was a Williams Sonoma in the Samba Room space! I will have to try out their build your own antipasti very soon. Welcome Osteria Marco!
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