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Last September, Denver coffee fiends rejoiced over the opening of Black Eye, a hip new coffeeshop in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Lower Highland.
Housed in an old Coors tavern (which then became a barber shop, which then became a Mexican liquor store), the site's industrial past is now proudly referenced with tables made out of old barn doors, and daily menu specials scrawled onto a salvaged mirror. In short, Black Eye is a DIY masterpiece. But luckily, the appeal of this place goes way beyond Instagram-worthy decor.
Prior to the cafe's opening, co-owner Dustin Audet admitted he was routinely driving 30 minutes out of his way just to find a good cup of coffee. "The neighborhood needed a full-on, good coffee shop, and community space," he told us.
So that's exactly what he, along with two other co-owners built. Here's what we recommend ordering when you go:
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We’re pretty sure that when it comes to cities and their residents Southwest Airlines doesn’t want to play favorites, but that might not be the case when it comes to Denver. After all the city is the proud of home of the airline’s skating rink—Southwest Rink at Skyline Park—and now it looks like the airline is getting ready to shower the city with even more
First and foremost you’ve only got a couple more weeks if you’re looking to take a spin out on the rink. Winter isn’t coming to an end anytime soon—but the skating rink is—as the ice is no longer an option starting around Valentine’s Day. However, there’s still much to celebrate as the rink prepares for its final days in the Mile High City.
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Are you ready for some football?! There’s still a few months before the first official kickoff, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a sneak peek. Training camps are set to do their thing later this month, so if you’ve always wanted to check out the scrimmages and practices now’s the time to start planning:
If you weren’t paying attention during the offseason, there was a pretty big move by one future hall of fame quarterback. Due to a nagging injury Peyton Manning kind of didn’t play during the 2011 season and, as a result, he packed his bags and moved away from Indianapolis. It was certainly the story of the offseason, but after all was said and done he decided to join the Denver Broncos.
We’re thinking that the Broncos will do fine without fan favorite Tim Tebow, and it’s likely that with Manning at the helm they’ll be back in the playoffs once again this season.
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After the success of last year's Cultivate Festival, Chipotle Mexican Grill is curating two more festivals this year.
The first Cultivate Food, Ideas & Music Festival will be held September 15 in Lincoln Park in Chicago followed by a second event on October 6 in Denver's City Park.
Both festivals will be completely free and include cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs like Richard Blais, Amanda Freitag and Zak Pelacci, live music from acts including G. Love & Special Sauce and Allen Stone, an Artisans’ Tent with goods from local artists, a Tasting Tent with local beer and wine, and much more.
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There's a theory about why people so often complain that modern art designers are pompous gasbags, and it goes something like this: "the reason people so often complain that modern art designers are pompous gasbags is because those artists say things like 'as the TSA creates an environment of fear surrounding their infamous Prohibited Items list, individuals are subjected to the power bestowed on the items.'" Want to guess how this exhibit at Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art goes, which we found via this backgrounder in the Daily Beast?
A museum exhibit revolving around airport security in general and TSA in particular, all covered with a thick coat of self-important hipsterific content? And we're covering it here on Jaunted? The hell you say.
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The holidays might be over, but that doesn’t mean that the need to warm up with an adult beverage has gone away. Sure there aren’t any holiday beers at these festivals, but there are still plenty of winter puns available and brewers are doing their best to warm you up. Here’s three winter beer festivals arriving this January on three different weekends:
· Columbus Winter Beerfest – Columbus, Ohio:
When you think of craft brews and beers you might not think of Columbus, Ohio, but organizers of the Columbus Winter Beerfest are looking to change that. This year’s festival filled with winter warmers and hoppy ales takes place on January 14. The plan is to have like 250—or more—different beers from all over the place, and they’re expecting like 6,000 beer fans to enjoy each and every one. Things take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center beginning at 6:30pm, and they even have hotel packages available at the local Hyatt in case you enjoy one too many.
Samples include pretty much every beer brewed in Central Ohio, as well as plenty of other options from outside the Buckeye State. Tickets will set you back $30 in advance, and that’ll get you 25 tickets for plenty of different samples including sips of Elevator Dirty Dick’s Brown Ale, Fat Heads Bumbleberry Ale, and Left Hand Milk Stout. Oh, and if you have a great time at this festival, be sure to check out their next event—there’s a summer beer festival in May as well.
For football fans—and those who enjoy a juicy steak—one of the best airport restaurants is now on the drawing board. Former NFL great John Elway—quarterback of the Denver Broncos—has a couple steakhouses in the greater Denver area. Apparently the restaurants—known as Elway’s—are pretty popular and very tasty, so the plan is now to expand Elway's to the airport.
There’s still a lot of paperwork to be completed and plans to be finalized, but it sounds like Denver International Airport is getting ready for plenty of steak and excited for the opening late next year. The plan is to build the restaurant in and around the existing United Airlines gates within Concourse B.
Of course we were thinking about how the steakhouse is going to handle the lack of metal knives after security, but they’re not too concerned. One member of the restaurant group commented on the tenderness of a steak from Elway’s remarking that cutting one of their steaks doesn’t require a knife. However, if you need one, they do have plans to source some pretty descent plastic knives.
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Southwest Airlines, and we’re not just talking about their plans to giveaway free holiday photos and Santa snapshots. Now the holiday spirit is moving to the Mile High City, as the airline and the city is bringing back the Rink at Skyline Park for the 2011 season.
Denver already has its own Southwest Porch—complete with pizzas and drinks—but now the rink is back to help you burn off some of those mozzarella induced calories. The skating is open to one and all, as long as you can get yourself over to 16th and Arapahoe streets.
Mark your calendars for a trip to Colorado in 2014 as plans for the next large, public art project by Christo finally moves forward.
This is a huge deal, not just for fans of Christo and modern art in general, but for Denver, Coloradans, tourists to the state and anyone who enjoys experiencing the great outdoors. Christo, in case you've forgotten the massive "Gates" installation in Central Park, is an artist who typically wraps or covers areas or landmarks in fabric. A personal favorite is his wrapped Reichstag. The project in CO, howeverOver the Riverwould stretch some 6 miles of translucent silver fabric over the Arkansas River.
Yesterday "Over the River" received the OK from federal officials and now the plan is off to state and local authorities before work may begin. Naturally we're already imagining rafting down the river and hiking along it, Christo's creation above our heads.
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The granddaddy of all beer festivals is taking place later this month in Denver. It's the Great American Beer Festival and it runs from September 29 and October 1. There’s not just a few hundred beers and breweries here either, as this sucker will have more than 450 brewers in attendance with over 2,000 beers. There are four sessions spread across the three days of the year’s festival, and whichever one you pick is going to be a winner.
Hold on a sec. It's not just about guzzling either; this festival goes way above and beyond the traditional beer festival by including an on-site beer enthusiast bookstore, discussions from the American Homebrewers Association, and a farm-to-table pavilion. Expect plenty of samples from CAUTION: Brewing Company, Del Norte Brewing Company, and Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company, along with plenty of options from outside Colorado.
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Egg Vol-Au-Vent at NYC's L'Ecole during Restaurant Week
Can you smell that? It's the sweet and warm aroma of a three-course meal being brought out to you for the cost of just one course. That's right; it's Restaurant Week season again, and we've rounded up the best five in the coming weeks. Most are already open to booking, so text your friends to see when they're free and then get on it:
· Chicago, IL: February 18-27. The only other US restaurant week with the potential to really rival New York's is Chicago Restaurant Week. Chicago is such a foodie town, and with three-course meals for $22 (lunch), $33 or $44 (dinners), you can bet that the city will trek out in the cold snow for a warm meal at some of the city's best eateries. We've already recommended our favorite five here, just to get you started. Only keep in mind that, because of winter weather delays, if you're flying in for it to schedule your meals the day after you're due to arrive. Reservations are openmore info here.
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We’d written about the Southwest Airlines-sponsored pedicabs of Denver when they launched in July, of course, but we were still tickled when we actually found one of them during our trip to the Mile High City last week.
We found our cheery-looking fellow decked out in a Southwest t-shirt and his rickshaw dolled up in the colors outside the Hyatt Regency hotel, standing on the corner of the street calling out: “Free rides! Free downtown rides!”