Di­gest Cloverdale; Rais­ing Cane’s; Lo­cal(ish)

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - Pho­tos by Danika Wor­thing­ton, The Den­ver Post By Allyson Reedy, The Den­ver Post Or­ganic Sand­wich Com­pany, the two-yearold (Biju’s Lit­tle Curry Shop, Corvus Cof­fee, Ba­bette’s Bak­ery, Inf inite Mon­key The­o­rem, Vesta

Re­cent open­ings: Re­mem­ber that din­ner on the ranch in the mid­dle of nowhere? One of the chefs be­hind the ex­pe­ri­ence, Pa­trick Ayres, has opened his own fine-din­ing, mul­ti­course restau­rant in Steam­boat Springs. Cloverdale

de­buted July 1. Boul­der deli, ex­panded to Louisville. Slowly but surely, those gluten-free chick­pea and av­o­cado sand­wiches are creep­ing closer and closer to Den­ver. 459 S. McCaslin Blvd.,

Not ex­actly a restau­rant, but the Lo­cal(ish) Mar­ket serves eats and drinks from Den­ver’s best pur­vey­ors etc.) out of a grab-and-go spot in Union Sta­tion.

Hick­ory & Ash, the lat­est from Kevin Tay­lor Restau­rant Group, will open July 7 in Broom­field’s Arista devel­op­ment. The “mod­ern Amer­i­can meatery” fea­tures Kevin’s son, Ryan, as ex­ec­u­tive chef. 8001 Arista Place,

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Don’t know where Cor­po­ral Max Don­ahue Lane is? You’re about to. Stick it in Google maps, be­cause you’ll be head­ing to High­lands Ranch a whole lot more now with the open­ing of Rais­ing Cane’s first Den­ver-area lo­ca­tion. (Fort Collins al­ready has its own Cane’s, the first in Colorado.)

You all showed me just how much you love this Louisiana-based chicken fin­ger chain when I asked if Cane’s re­ally de­served all the hype back in April. An­swer: Ap­par­ently, yes.

Ca­ni­acs (die-hard Rais­ing Cane’s fans) al­ready know that the chain is open, prob­a­bly be­cause they camped out for days last week for the chance to be one of the first 20 cus­tomers in the door in or­der to get free Cane’s for a year. Yes, a full year of sup­pos­edly mag­i­cal chicken fin­gers, Texas toast and Cane’s sauce that, ac­cord­ing to you, dear read­ers, will be the great­est thing any of us has ever put into our mouths. ●●●

Way­ward, the restau­rant mov­ing into the for­mer Zengo space in River­front Park later this sum­mer, an­nounced the team that will bring the restau­rant to life. Pa­trick Kelly (for­merly of Pan­zano) will lead the kitchen, Alex Flower (Oak at Four­teenth, Acorn) will man­age the drink pro­gram and Peter Gor­don (Ophe­lia’s Elec­tric Soap­box) will run the restau­rant. 1610 Lit­tle

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These days, restau­rant longevity seems about on par with Hol­ly­wood mar­riages — that is to say, not ex­actly en­dur­ing. But and Den­ver din­ers are com­mit­ted, and the restau­rant is cel­e­brat­ing its 20th an­niver­sary this month. To show its love for its de­voted cus­tomers, Vesta is of­fer­ing $20 deals through­out July, like the “big daddy” char­cu­terie board (nor­mally $35) and spe­cially-priced bot­tles of wine. 1822 Blake St., Den­ver,

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