Ra­men hot spot open­ing a sec­ond lo­ca­tion

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Un­cle (the restau­rant, not your mom’s sort-of creepy brother) is fa­mous for two things: de­li­cious, soul-warm­ing bowls of ra­men and long waits. Owner Tommy Lee has heard your “I want ra­men, and I want it now!” de­mands and is in­creas­ing his sup­ply — he’s open­ing a sec­ond Un­cle lo­ca­tion in Wash Park.

“I wasn’t orig­i­nally look­ing in that area, but my real es­tate bro­ker brought it to me, and I thought it was a great neigh­bor­hood,” Lee said. “I think it’s a cool neigh­bor­hood that’s kind of un­der­de­vel­oped in terms of restau­rants, but it’s still in the city.”

The new restau­rant, which, alas, won’t open un­til next sum­mer, will be twice the size of the LoHi space and will still fo­cus on the rich, eggy ra­mens we’ve come to know and love. That said, the big­ger kitchen means more room to play, and Lee said we may see more non-ra­men en­trees.

“We want to keep the identity of Un­cle and not mess with it too much. The goal is to be the same, but a lit­tle more am­bi­tious. The kitchen will be twice the size (of the orig­i­nal), if not a lit­tle big­ger, so we’ll have the flex­i­bil­ity to do more, but at the same time we’re still a ra­men shop, so the fo­cus is on noo­dles,” Lee said.

Un­cle the Se­quel will open on the ground floor of a new condo de­vel­op­ment on the cor­ner of Penn­syl­va­nia and Bayaud.

Added Lee, “Hope­fully the wait time is a lit­tle less.” You and me both, kid.

●●● Ac­cord­ing to Bon Ap­pétit, two of the na­tion’s 50 best new restau­rants are in Colorado.

First up is An­nette, chef Caro­line Glover’s spot in­side Aurora’s Stan­ley Marketplace. Glover found out about the honor via email last week — right be­fore she went to BA’s web­site to pull up the list, as she does ev­ery year.

“Hon­estly, it doesn’t feel real,” she said. “Our lit­tle baby restau­rant in Aurora. I’m over the moon. Hope­fully it brings a lit­tle more at­ten­tion to the east side of town and Aurora.”

The other restau­rant isn’t re­ally a restau­rant at all, but se­man­tics she­man­tics. The Den­ver Cen­tral Mar­ket, which houses 11 food and drink pur­vey­ors, also got a nod.

In­ter­est­ing that both Colorado spots on t he list are a part of (or are) food halls. BA ed­i­tors will whit­tle the 50 fi­nal­ists down to 10 on Aug. 15.

●●● Con­tin­u­ing his quest to dom­i­nate South Pearl, Restau­ra­teur/Chef Pa­trick Man­gold-White opened Pal­izo Ital­iano on Aug. 4. The owner of three other South Pearl restau­rants — hand at North­ern Ital­ian, be­cause why not? 1472 S. ●●●

Also on South Pearl, The Boulan­gerie opened July 29. The Euro­pean-style cafe will pick up where the Pa­jama Ba king Co. left off, with sim­ple break­fasts, sand­wiches and tarts and notso-sim­ple baked goods.

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Way to go, Bel­mar! As of Aug. 1, you have your very own Bar Louie. It’s the mar­tini/bar food chain’s sev­enth Colorado lo­ca­tion, but it’s the first in the 80226 Zip code, so there’s that. 7111 W. Alaska Dr.,

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Pizza Repub­lica opened two weeks ago in Glen­dale in the for­mer Silvi’s Kitchen space. Is this two pizza steps for­ward? Two steps back? If only Paula Ab­dul were here to judge. ●●●

What’s bet­ter than a sum­mer week­end in Steam­boat Springs? A sum­mer week­end in Steam­boat Springs dur­ing the 14th an­nual Steam­boat Wine Fes­ti­val, of course. Catch stun­ning scenery, wine hikes (yes, wine hikes) and good eats Aug. 9-12.

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Happy birthday, Eu­clid Hall! The Larimer Square restau­rant is cel­e­brat­ing its sev­enth year with a throw­back $7 menu. Through Aug. 13, Cheez Whiz Spaet­zle, Car Bomb Floats and other fan favorites can be yours for $7.

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

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