Archive for December, 2008
Ling & Louie’s Opens Posted by
Ling & Louie’s at the Tabor Center on the 16th Street Mall opened last week. When I walked by during lunch it was already packed. I last posted about this new Downtown restaurant in November when they installed their permanent signs. I really hope this provides some momentum to get the rest of these spaces and the Tabor Center overall leased up.
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Denver Restaurant Week 2009 Posted by
Denver Restaurant Week 2009 will be February 21 - 27. The list of participating restaurants is now up on the web. We have been participating since Denver Restaurant Week started in 2005 and usually go out with friends a couple times and then once for a special romantic dinner. For 2009 they have a record 198 restaurants that are participating and I am happy to see that all of our favorites have joined again this year.
Keep checking the website as eventually all of the menus will be up which helps you decide which restaurant you will go to. I highly recommend making reservations as soon as you can because they get completely booked. I like that a very wide range of cuisines and price points are among the choices - it is up to each restaurant if they will offer lunch or dinner or both.
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Spire Tour Posted by
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Noca Kitchen Posted by
A new restaurant concept is being launched in Downtown Denver. Noca Kitchen, a Northern California styled gourmet-fast -casual, plans to open in LoDo at 1433 17th Street in the spring of 2009. Chicago based Seasoned Development LLC is testing the very first Noca in Denver with plans to open 30 more company owned locations in its first phase of the launch. This first Noca has signed a 10 year lease for their 5,500 square-feet location.
Noca’s menu will feature entrees inspired by Northern California’s famed wine regions with items like Chardonnay Rotisserie Chicken, Salinas Valley Vegetable Risotto, Grilled Artichoke, Artisan Mac & Cheese, Pork Tomatillo Pizza and Chicken Brie Sandwiches. Probably most remarkable is that Noca Kitchen’s average check will be $11 -$17 per person and because the food is ordered at a counter there will be no customary tip.
“The value makes Noca Kitchen the right concept in today’s economy, however, the gourmet food, high-end decor and wine-bar component make it right for food lovers in any economy” - Robert Thompson, co-owner of Seasoned Development
Noca is being designed by J.G. Johnson Architects and will feature a warm, modern California Ranch theme with Frank Lloyd Wright influences throughout. Seasoned Development feels that as other fast casual concepts fall victim to the difficult economic times there will be a demand for fresh, new, innovative concepts like Noca. I am very excited about this concept - its proximity to both the 16th Street Mall and Union Station will certainly have a competitive advantage as planned development gets underway. An online DBJ article on Tuesday provides some further details. The corporate press release from Seasoned Development can be found on their press page.
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McDonald’s Remodel Update Posted by
Demolition work has began at the McDonald’s at 16th & Cleveland - finally! I have been walking past for months and was beginning to wonder if the work would ever start or given the economy we would have another vacant storefront to contend with. The last time I looked into the space it had been completed gutted with no resemblance of the old space. I now doubt that they are going to do anything to the exterior but will keep tabs on it.
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The Peak - R.I.P. Posted by
The Peak Events Center that I followed and posted about earlier this year has been dismantled. According to their website they were unable to get extensions on their permits to keep the structure up past the original expiration date. My last post was in May. I realized I never posted a picture of the completed structure so I am providing it belatedly.
The last event held there was in mid September. Too bad things did not work out for them. I am sure development plans for the entire block continue to make progress.
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ULI High Design In LoDo Posted by
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Holiday Garland Posted by
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