Fa­mous Pizza loses lease; Las Deli­cias; Cheese Fes­ti­val

The Denver Post - - FEATURES - By Allyson Reedy, The Den­ver Post

Home­buy­ers aren’t the only vic­tims of Den­ver’s crazy real es­tate mar­ket right now. Restau­rants are feel­ing the pinch of ris­ing rents, too, and some aren’t even be­ing given the op­tion of re­new­ing leases in these days of sky­rock­et­ing prop­erty val­ues.

South Broad­way’s Fa­mous Pizza is an ex­am­ple of en­dan­gered restau­rants that are at risk of not be­ing able to suc­cess­fully re­lo­cate af­ter be­ing forced out of their long-time homes.

Gus Mavro­ce­fa­los has run Fa­mous on Broad­way for 43 years, and he’s not yet ready to shut down his oven and pack up his pizza slicer when his lease is up at the end of the year.

He said he wasn’t given the op­tion to re­new his lease, but he hopes to re­open in an­other spot nearby. High rent, how­ever, makes that dif­fi­cult.

“It’s very hard to find some­thing,” Mavro­ce­fa­los said.

For now, we’ve got at least an­other few months to grab a slice of Mavro­ce­fa­los’s thin-crust pizza and pizza dough subs at the Broad­way lo­ca­tion.

Fa­mous Pizza: 98 S. Broad­way, Den­ver, 303778-7998

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Nearly two years ago, Las Deli­cias closed its down­town lo­ca­tion to re­model, and many said it would never re-open. Well, Las Deli­cias swung the doors open on July 17 with old menu fa­vorites and a new rooftop pa­tio, so take that, “many.” 439 E. 19th Ave., Den­ver, 303-839-5675; las­deli­cias.us; Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

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The poke in­va­sion of 2017 con­tin­ues: Menya Ra­men & Poke opened a cou­ple of weeks ago down­town. This poke shop goes be­yond raw cubed fish, though, with plenty of ra­men, curry, udon and bul­gogi op­tions as well. 1590 Lit­tle Raven St., Den­ver, 720-696-6769; meny­a­col­orado.com; Sun.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

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Is there any­thing worse than not be­ing able to get choco­late chip cook­ies de­liv­ered to your door at 2 a.m. on a Tues­day? Nope, not a thing. Luck­ily, In­som­nia Cook­ies is here to get us out of this ninth cir­cle of de­liv­ery-cook­ie­less hell in which we’ve been liv­ing. The cookie chain opened late last week in the DU neigh­bor­hood. 2075 Univer­sity Blvd., Den­ver, 1-877-63COOKIE; in­som­ni­a­cook­ies.com; Sat.-Sun. 11-3 a.m., Mon.-Fri. 9-3 a.m.

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When I told you that celeb chef John Te­sar was con­sult­ing on a farm-to-ta­ble sports bar-slash-shoe store bar, many of you (un­der­stand­ably) didn’t be­lieve me. See it for your- self now that El­e­ment Kitchen + Cock­tail is serv­ing (and sell­ing sneak­ers), hav­ing opened on July 21. El­e­ment Kitchen + Cock­tail: 1134 Broad­way, Den­ver, 303-353-1172; el­e­ment-kitchen.com; Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

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In what is clearly the most im­por­tant thing to ever hap­pen to the city of Den­ver, the Amer­i­can Cheese So­ci­ety (or ACS, but you al­ready know that) is host­ing its 34th an­nual conference and com­pe­ti­tion in our town July 26-29.

OK, since the ACS is based here, this may not ex­actly be earth-shat­ter­ing news. But still — cheese!

Even if you’re not an of­fi­cial cheese del­e­gate (se­ri­ously — how do I get that job?), there are still some open-to-the-public events that can get you close to the cheesy ac­tion.

First, there’s the Cheese Block Party. Yes, it’s a block party. With cheese. Real cheese, too, not like ta­bles full of Kraft sin­gles or any­thing gross like that.

The free event is be­ing hosted by Sun­ny­side’s Cheese + Pro­vi­sions shop. Kim Duty, owner of C+P and co-chair of the conference, is the ge­nius be­hind the idea. She ex­pects about a dozen ven­dors for the party — half of which are lo­cal and na­tional cheese­mak­ers — to set up in her store’s court­yard at 44th and Zuni and hang with the cheese-lov­ing public.

Be­cause no good block party is com­plete with­out mu­sic and al­co­hol, she’ll have that, too. Have the best af­ter­noon of your life July 26 from 1-4 p.m.

Ev­ery­one is also wel­come at the Fes­ti­val of Cheese and Cheese Sale on July 29 at the Colorado Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. Sam­ple and/or pur­chase more than 2,000 com­pe­ti­tion cheeses from all over the coun­try, along with char­cu­terie, choco­late and beer.

Pro­ceeds from the Cheese Sale ben­e­fit the Amer­i­can Cheese Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion, so you’ll be help­ing cheese in need.

Cheese Block Party at Cheese + Pro­vi­sions: 2432 W. 44th Ave., Den­ver, 303455-2221; cheese­and­pro­vi­sions.com; July 26 1-4 p.m.

Fes­ti­val of Cheese and Cheese Sale at the Colorado Con­ven­tion Cen­ter: 700 14th St., Den­ver; July 29 7-9:30 p.m.; $65

Allyson Reedy (areedy@den­ver­post.com) is a food writer for The Den­ver Post. On Twit­ter @AllysonBTC and In­sta­gram, AllysonEat­sDen.

Fa­mous Pizza on Broad­way is los­ing its lease. Seth McCon­nell, Den­ver Post file

Uriah Carp­pen­ter, Amer­i­can Cheese So­ci­ety

All of this could be yours at the Fes­ti­val of Cheese.

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