A new charcuterie, Syrian food and more.
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