Archive for December, 2010

The 172nd Post on Denver by the Slice Is This Brief Message

Let’s get this year over with, and try to get it right the next time. Have a Happy and Safe New Year’s celebration…then come back for the 173rd post on Denver by the Slice!

It’s S..S..S..S..Snowing! And, Here are S..S..S..Some Things to Think About While It’s Coming Down.

So, we finally are getting some snow in Downtown. Cold to follow. Just brings to mind a few other things, all starting with the letter “S” that are at least as fun as watching Downtown turn into a frozen paradise.

Station Lights. They’ll look their best in the snow. Except for that goofy tree thing strung to the flagpole.

Sidewalks. Snow covers up the flaws and the pizzas. If you can’t see it, you can’t worry about stepping in it.

Shoveling. Face it. If you live Downtown, you are probably not going to shovel anything!

Stock Show Weather. Just around the corner. It’s worse. But, on Thursday the 6th at Noon, watch the annual “Spookin’ of the Steers” as the longhorns try to get around the steam vents on 17th.

Spring Training! Just about seven weeks away. And, then a few weeks later the Rockies open on April Fool’s Day. Hmmm.

Schnapps! It’s going to get cold.

Berlin on the Move Again…But, Primetime Runs Out for PrimeBar

In today’s Denver Post, Penny Parker is reporting that PrimeBar, at 16th and Arapahoe, has closed. That’s a large, sprawling space that was trying to be a gathering place/sports bar/casual restaurant, and, frankly, failing at all three. And, the fact that it has closed before New Year’s is unusual, as most places try to at least hang on for one last hurrah and “ca-ching” at the bar. (Update: And, a few more “ca-chings” could have helped towards the back taxes shown on the state Seizure notice at the door.)

The right people were not gathering here. Just having a bunch of TV’s does not a sports bar make. And, a menu of snacks won’t make you a restaurant. Something was wrong here. Service was fair to non-existent. Hostess-types always tried to put you where they wanted you, not where you wanted to be. And, what could still be a great patio for summer afternoons will languish again. The first executive chef went running and screaming before the place opened. Something was wrong here. Denver by the Slice hopes that the next occupant(s) will make smaller and more manageable spaces…and have a clear idea of what they want to be.

Meanwhile, those wacky, fun-lovingĀ Germans are on the move again! Berlin, which had a loyal following for years on East 17th Avenue, did us all a huge favor six years ago when they moved Downtown to 14th and Tremont. And, they make their next move, next spring, to a very central location, just off the Mall at 16th and Champa. Upstairs. Beer Deck/Garden. We can’t wait!

Ummm, Schnitzel!

Berlin, unlike many restaurants, knows exactly what it does and does it well. Good German food, plentiful portions, friendly service, good Paulaner beers, schnapps forĀ kind patrons, and the type of owners that get Christmas gifts from their customers.

Until April, of course, still visit Berlin on 14th, before the street gets too torn up. Then, in Spring, visit Berlin on the Mall. Das Gut!

Something to Do With Your New Calendar!

So…you’re not working this week. You promise to get caught up on all those things that you haven’t done all year. And, you won’t. But, you will feel a great sense of accomplishment by hanging the new 2011 calendar on the wall…probably close to the fridge.

Well, already, here’s something to put on it. Late July. Right here in Denver. The County Fair! Yee Haw. Read all about it here.

At the National Western Grounds, all your neighbors will be there!

Seems we’ve never really had one actually in the fine City and County of Denver, even though it was originally intended. So, about 150 years late, your lucky days have arrived. You’ll be able to show off your prize livestock (read “chickens”), your best blueberry pie recipe and your preserving talents (not to be confused with preservation talents).

Meet me at the fair!

Union Station/Light Rail…On the Radio Today!

Click here for the NPR story about Light Rail, and a lot about Light Rail in Denver, along with Union Station. NPR quality…give it a listen!

Walk Quickly to Gallop!

Breakfast of Champions!

Breakfast and lunch daily. Coffee and bar. And, open until 10:00 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This is good.

Gallop Cafe is in the Potter-Highlands area. Right at the corner of 32nd and Zuni. Since 2004, Gallop has acted very much like a small European cafe/gathering space/hangout/bar and downright comfortable place to be out of Downtown.

The building, built in 1885, always was a gathering place for the neighborhood. Just not this nice. And, by the way, Gallop takes its name from the street. Zuni, in a different life, was named Gallop.

Cheers! (Photo Diane Huntress)

Tree Found Freezing Near Highlands Mortuary!

Saturday in the city had a happy ending for this Christmas tree…a short walk to a warm home! Found standing and shivering in the shadow of a giant milk can next to the old Olinger mortuary, this tree reached out for help. Tree was rewarded, and after getting a fresh cut from the tree wrangler, aka Little Man Ice Cream attendant, the tree was on its way. To the city. Fresh water. Heat. Light.

On the holiday menu at Little Man (named after owner Paul Tamburello’s father): ice cream, gelato, soup and Christmas trees! Hurry on over. (Photos Diane Huntress)

Tree Considering Conquest of City