Happy closed its doors and reopened as simply The Bitter Bar. According to a release, the bar will serve the same cocktails by the same mixologists, with the addition of “delicious, straight forward, American bar food and decadent, intelligent, well-made desserts.” /Azitra, an Indian restaurant, opened at FlatIron Crossing in Broomfield. /Your Place or Vine, a wine bar offering wines by the glass, craft beers and Mediterranean-inspired small plates opened in Prospect, Longmont. /Another small plates restaurant, Riffs Urban Fare, opened in Boulder in the former Book End Café space on the Pearl Street Mall. /Minglewood opened in east Boulder. The owners describe it as high-end deli during the day and a bar at night.
Colorado brewers made a great showing at the Great American Beer Festival, including a win for Upslope Pumpkin Ale, by Upslope Brewing of Boulder. /Café Aion was included in Esquire’s “Where to Eat in Colorado Right Now,” list. /Owners of The Kitchen were lauded by Entrepreneur magazine for their leadership in the farm-to-table movement. /Visit Denver announced that Denver Restaurant Week will remain two weeks long, with the 2012 dates of Feb. 25–March 9.
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Not so much eats as drinks—the Fire in the Sky and Seedy Southpaw cocktails at Amaro in Boulder impressed. Order alongside an excellent cheese or salumi platter, or order up some braised Long Farm pork shoulder with polenta. /Killer crispy tacos at Agave in Boulder. Really, anything with their tortillas is good. /Mouthwatering lamb sag and vegetable biryani at Flavor of India in Longmont. Super-juicy turkey burger at Larkburger in Arvada. /Caramel custard frozen yogurt with a fresh grind of sea salt at Smart Cow in Arvada. /And choco-bliss with a cup of drinking chocolate at Piece, Love and Chocolate in Boulder.
Restaurants are accepting reservations for First Bite Boulder, Nov. 11–19. /Café Aion is offering two more Sunday night wine dinners Nov. 13 and Dec. 18 featuring five courses of tapas paired with wines from Spain, Morocco and the Mediterranean. /Zoe Ma Ma in Boulder will offer the Lucky 8 Dinner, a special eight-course meal limited to eight guests on a monthly basis. The next dinner is November 12.
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