Famous Pizza loses lease; Las Delicias; Cheese Festival
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
All of this could be yours at the Festival of Cheese.