RESTAU­RANT DI­GEST:

French 75; Beau Jo’s; Larimer eats

The Denver Post - - LIFE&CULTURE - By Allyson Reedy, The Den­ver Post Allyson Reedy (areedy@ den­ver post.com) is a food writer for The Den­ver Post. On Twit­ter @AllysonBTC and Instagram, AllysonEat­sDen.

Igot a sneak peek at French 75’s menu, and I’ll tell you what: I think that that Frank Bo­nanno kid has a real fu­ture ahead of him.

French 75 is the lat­est from Chef Bo­nanno, and al­though the name sounds fancy, this is ap­proach­able, old-school-style French food.

“I love French bistro food and I wanted to do some­thing that was a lit­tle bit more me,” Bo­nanno said. “They’re just things that I love cook­ing.”

Those “things” in­clude a gen­er­ous, fla­vor-packed Crab Louie; a crave­able French Onion soup that will become your cold weather go-to; and a cheese-less French dip made with (hal­lelu­jah!) rare meat.

En­trée op­tions in­clude duck with cur­ried lentils, veg­e­tar­ian cas­soulet and a cou­ple of killer steaks. The full menu is avail­able for both lunch and din­ner, and the prices are a bit lower than you’d prob­a­bly ex­pect from a restau­rant called French 75. (Prices weren’t fi­nal­ized for my visit last week, but at that time, sand­wiches started at $13 and en­trees at $18.)

The space looks like an el­e­gant French-in­spired bistro, which is good be­cause that’s what de­signer Jacque­line Bo­nanno (Frank’s wife) was go­ing for.

Dig into your own bowl of French onion soup when French 75 opens on July 17. French 75: 717 17th St., Den­ver, 303-405-7575

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If you like spiffy wines and have $28 to burn, step on in to The Cap­i­tal Grille. From July 10 through Sept. 3, the Cap is run­ning a tast­ing spe­cial where you’ll get to “ex­pe­ri­ence” (ex­pe­ri­ence!) seven 90+ point wines, as ranked by wine ex­perts, with din­ner.

1450 Larimer St., Den­ver, 303-539-2500; the­cap­i­tal­grille.com

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So long, moun­tain-style pizza dipped in sweet, sweet honey. Beau Jo’s is clos­ing its Colorado Boule­vard lo­ca­tion in Den­ver on July 30.

Ac­cord­ing to a man­ager at the lo­ca­tion, the Idaho Springs-based pizze­ria wasn’t given the op­tion to re­new its lease when it runs out at the end of the month.

We’ll keep you posted on any po­ten­tial new lo­ca­tions in the area, as we don’t want any­one go­ing through Colorado-style pizza with­drawals.

A call to Beau Jo’s cor­po­rate of­fice has yet to be re­turned.

Lo­ca­tions in Idaho Springs, Ar­vada and Ev­er­green are not af­fected.

Beau Jo’s: 2710 S. Colorado Blvd., Den­ver, 303-7581519; beau­jos.com ●●●

The team be­hind The

Kitchen launched Hedge Row in Cherry Creek on July 10. This one still re­volves around farm-fresh food, but it throws a wood­fired oven into the mix.

100 Steele St., Den­ver, 720-642-8292; hedgerow­bistros.com; Sun.-Sat. 11 a.m.-close

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Ban­zai burg­ers, Freck­led Le­mon­ade and never-end­ing fries have ar­rived in Brighton: Red Robin opened July 10 in the Prairie Cen­ter Shop­ping Cen­ter. No word on whether the ter­ri­fy­ing gi­ant red bird was on-hand for the rib­bon-cut­ting.

2021 Prairie Cen­ter Park­way, Brighton; re­drobin.com

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Mark Dym just might be the name-chang­ing Prince (RIP) of pizza. He orig­i­nally opened his Neapoli­tanstyle Ball­park pizze­ria as Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizze­ria, but when Marco’s de­liv­ery pizza came to town, he switched monikers to Racca’s Pizze­ria Napo­le­tana to avoid con­fu­sion. Now he’s chang­ing the name again; this time back to Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizze­ria. Here’s to hop­ing the next name is just a sym­bol of a slice of pizza. var­i­ous lo­ca­tions; rac­caspizze­ria.com

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Does Den­ver need more fried chicken? Bird­call says bring on the fowl, but in the form of crispy, de­li­cious fried chicken sand­wiches. The eatery from the group be­hind Park

Burger and Home­grown Tap & Dough opened this week.

800 E. 26th Ave., Den­ver, 720-361-2976; eat­bird­call.com

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Billy Sims BBQ, a Tulsa-based fast ca­sual bar­be­cue joint, brought its pecan wood-smoked meats to Edge­wa­ter on July 13. This is the first Den­ver-area lo­ca­tion for the spot (an­other opened in Colorado Springs ear­lier this spring).

2001 Sheri­dan Blvd., Edge­wa­ter, 303-284-8552; billysims­bbq.com

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I don’t care how long you’ve lived here or how touristy you think Larimer Square is — it’s still pretty darned charm­ing. I can’t think of a more pleas­ant din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence than to eat out on the streets of the square on a mid­sum­mer night’s eve, and, at least on July 22, Aug. 19 and Sept. 9, we can do that without get­ting run over by a car. (Smushed on the street? Not so charm­ing.) Book Din­ing Al Fresco through Ri­oja, TAG, Os­te­ria Marco, Ocean Prime and the other great restau­rants of Larimer Square. Larimer­square.com

Pro­vided by The Kitchen

A Roasted Ar­ti­choke at Hedge Row.

Den­ver Post file

Chef Frank Bo­nanno is launch­ing a new restau­rant, French 75.

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