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    Smashburger Takes Up the Samba!

    Here’s a rumor to bite into. The former Samba Room space in Larimer Square, empty for two years, has a new tenant to keep them up all night. And, the folks at Larimer may have worked hard to get this, but they didn’t go too far. Apparently they have signed the space over to Consumer Capital Partners, they who own the rapidly expanding Smashburger chain. And, the rumored plan is that the space may turn out to be a new concept, for the burger folks at least, and that’s a 24/7 diner. Larimer Square has a lot of eateries, but no 24-hour diner. It’s not a surprise really, and could very…

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    A Break in the Chain…and Other News

    The imposing “Block of Chains” running from Larimer to the Corner Bakery and The Palm along the 16th Street Mall has lost one of its links. Ling & Louie’s closed its location here and the space will turn into Ambria, with another mountain chef, Jeremy Kittelson coming down from Avon. Fear not, chain lovers. You still have the Cheesecake Factory, Smashburger and much more to get you around the block. But, stoke up soon because the Southwest Airlines Ice Rink is going back up now and will be open soon for your skating and slipping pleasure. Good work in keeping this area energized from the folks at Lannie’s Clocktower and Jerry…

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    And, the Winner Is…

    Levi Leipheimer (in yellow above) led a group of five American riders at the top of the final standings of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The race ended in Denver in front of about 100,000 enthusiastic, and knowledgeable bicycle racing fans. Many of those fans had seen every stage of this year’s inaugural event, and many were from far away. This was a talented field of riders with the top international teams vying for the win. Welcome back to Colorado and Denver…top tier international professional bike racing! Now, fix the Denver finish area. True bike race fans love to see the race finish and the award presentations. Organizers in Denver, presumably…

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    The Importance of the Number 13

    A wandering mind on a Friday afternoon, not the 13th, comes across an opening announcement. Then, said mind remembers that something else should be opening. Peet’s. Good, good coffee. Downtown. BORN AGAIN! And, opening on September 13! We wrote about the previous Downtown store’s demise in January. That’s the new Peet’s Coffee and Tea at the Sheraton, a store to be run by licensees…and none too soon. We only hope they have the same Freddo skills as the company-operated locations. It’s a much shorter bus trip to Court Place. 13. Good number. And, how about the importance of 13 straight wins for the Rockies. We just about wrote them off…