A new char­cu­terie, Syr­ian food and more.

The Denver Post - - LIFE&CULTURE - By Allyson Reedy Allyson Reedy (areedy@denverpost.com) is food writer for The Den­ver Post. On Twit­ter @AllysonBTC and In­sta­gram, Allyson Eats Den.

It’s a ban­ner day for lovers of wine and re­vi­tal­ized air­plane man­u­fac­tur­ing plants (so ... ev­ery­one?). The In­fi­nite Monkey The­o­rem has opened its sec­ond Colorado tap room in the new Stan­ley Mar­ket­place.

“It was a no-brainer, re­ally,” owner Ben Par­sons told The Post of choos­ing the Stan­ley. “I think this is an un­der-served neigh­bor­hood and the per­fect con­cept.”

IMT is the sole third­floor res­i­dent of the Mar­ket­place, which strad­dles Aurora and Sta­ple­ton out east. For the tap room — which was an old break room back in the day when air­plane man­u­fac­tur­ing was the bees knees — Par­sons in­cor­po­rated some avi­a­tion touches but mostly made it feel like a cool, com­fort­able hide­out.

“We wanted a warm, lounge-y, library feel. Some­where peo­ple can hang out and feel at home,” Par­sons said.

Per­haps the best part — be­sides the wine, of course — is that pretty soon you’ll be able to or­der up food from fel­low Stan­ley ten­ants, like Co­mida and the Den­ver Bis­cuit Com­pany. Be­cause drink­ing while hav­ing ex­cel­lent food de­liv­ered to you is the real Amer­i­can Dream.

In­fi­nite Monkey The­o­rem: 2501 N. Dal­las St., Aurora, TheIn­finiteMon­keyThe­o­rem.com, open 2-10 p.m.

BBB Justin Brun­son, owner of Old Major and Mas­ter­piece Deli, is re­ally mak­ing a play for Den­ver’s Mas­ter of Meat ti­tle. (We’re sure this ex­ists, and we imag­ine the pork crown is awe­some.)

Brun­son will open Rocky Moun­tain Char­cu­terie, a Den­ver-based meat-pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity that will slice and dice local deli meats, ba­con, sausage and whole mus­cle cuts sourced from fam­ily farms and ranch­ers.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited to bring a local meat brand; Den­ver de­serves that,” Brun­son told The Post. “I’ve kind of been known as the meat guy here in Den­ver, but we had a hard time sourc­ing local meat prod­ucts. We’re ex­cited to see this five-year project com­ing to fruition.”

Rocky Moun­tain Char­cu­terie will open at 38th Av­enue and Steele Street this fall. The pack­aged prod­ucts will be sold whole­sale to gro­cery stores and restau­rants, so you’ll be able to take home a pack of Brun­son’s best ham.

And who doesn’t want Brun­son’s best ham?

Brun­son also re­tooled the menu at Mas­ter­piece Kitchen in Lowry, re­plac­ing the burger and sand­wich fast-ca­sual con­cept with art­fully cre­ated sea­sonal shared plates — but still at a de­cent price point.

“I cooked on the line one night and thought: ‘I hate cook­ing cheese­burg­ers. Why do I own a restau­rant I don’t want to eat at?’ ” Brun­son said.

So he brought in cooks from Old Major, his fine­din­ing restau­rant, and cre­ated an el­e­vated menu of more so­phis­ti­cated bites. Noth­ing costs more than $15, and that in­cludes a su­per-ten­der poblano-sauced steak and but­ter­milk fried chicken with corn­bread.

To com­ple­ment the new menu, Mas­ter­piece Kitchen will un­dergo a re­model, dou­bling its in­door seat­ing and re­fresh­ing the over­all look and feel.

Mas­ter­piece Kitchen: 84 Ram­part Way, Den­ver, 720-324-8873, Master­pieceKitchen.com,

Wed., Thu., Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

BBB Syr­ian refugee women are cook­ing up na­tive dishes — and gain­ing valu­able business skills — as Co­mal Her­itage Food In­cu­ba­tor en­rolled its sec­ond en­tre­pre­neur­ial class last week.

The eight-month pro­gram pro­vides four women with ad­vanced culinary train­ing and the tools they need to open their own suc­cess­ful busi­nesses. And the rest of us get to eat their home­work.

Co­mal is open to the public for lunch, and on Fri­days the menu will in­clude hum­mus, tra­di­tional Syr­ian meat dishes and sal­ads. (Mon­day through Thursday, lunch fea­tures Latin Amer­i­can fare from Co­mal’s first en­tre­pre­neur­ial class.) As the women ad­vance their skills, the menu, too, will de­velop.

This round’s stu­dents are the mother-daugh­ter duos of Vian and Sara and Omaima and Walaa, all of who have been liv­ing in Den­ver for six months af­ter leav­ing their homes in Syria. Stop by, give them a warm wel­come and, while you’re there, gorge your­self on tab­bouleh.

Co­mal: 3455 Ringsby Court, Suite 105, Den­ver (in­side the TAXI de­vel­op­ment), 303-292-0770, Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

BBB Af­ter five years in the Ball­park neigh­bor­hood, Ig­nite is get­ting an up­date. Both the space and the menu un­der­went a re­model, with the in­dus­trial spot look­ing, well, not so in­dus­trial any­more. But don’t worry: Man Candy, the restau­rant’s signature sweet ba­con ap­pe­tizer, is still avail­able. It’s just joined by an ex­panded ros­ter of flat­breads, share­able plates and a very ad­dic­tive sushi salad.

Ig­nite: 2124 Larimer St., Den­ver, 303-296-2600, Ig­nite-Den­ver.com, Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10-12 a.m.

BBB Top­pers Pizza, a Mid­west de­liv­ery pizze­ria, opened its first Colorado lo­ca­tion in Long­mont last week. It’s open un­til 3:30 a.m., be­cause those Long-mon­tians know how to party. Top­pers: 15 Ken Pratt

Blvd., Long­mont, 720-6427100, Top­pers.com, Sun.-Sat. 10:30-3:30 a.m. BBB

If Ok­to­ber­fest feels too far away, head to LoDo’s Rhein Haus, which just signed on two new chefs to cre­ate Bavar­ian-in­spired dishes. Ex­ec­u­tive chef John Ruane comes over from the now-de­funct Katie Mullen’s, and lead sous chef Ryan Pa­trick Kelly was most re­cently in the

kitchen of Milk & Honey.

Rhein Haus: 1415 Market St., Den­ver, 303-800-2652, RheinHausDen­ver.com, Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11-2 a.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Justin Brun­son, pic­tured in­side The Den­ver Cen­tral Market in Septem­ber, is plan­ning to open Rocky Moun­tain Char­cu­terie. He­len H. Richard­son, Den­ver Post file

In­side the new In­fi­nite Monkey The­o­rem in­side Stan­ley Mar­ket­place. Pro­vided by The Hip Photo

Ig­nite, at 2124 Larimer St. in the Ball­park neigh­bor­hood. Den­ver Post file

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