RESTAU­RANT DI­GEST: Breck on Blake closes; Guy Fieri at Aloy Thai in Boul­der

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

It’s been a tri­umphant year for the Cherry Cricket. First, it re­opened in April af­ter a fire shut it down last Novem­ber, and now it’s get­ting a sis­ter lo­ca­tion in the Breck on Blake space.

Sun­day was the final day of ser­vice for Breck on Blake, which is be­ing taken over by the new Cricket.

“We don’t want to do a cookie cut­ter or a knock­off ver­sion. We want to ex­em­plify the good qual­i­ties of the Cricket in a dif­fer­ent space,” one of the Cricket’s own­ers, Lee Driscoll, told us ear­lier this year of the new spot.

The good qual­i­ties in­clude bring­ing in a fish tank sim­i­lar to the one at the orig­i­nal Cricket, ex­cept big­ger. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Cherry Cricket sug­gested it may even be the state’s largest fish tank, but con­sid­er­ing it’s hard to get hands on a data­base of Colorado fish tanks and that, you know, Den­ver has an aquar­ium, we’ll take that claim with a grain of salt.

Other bonuses of the Ball­park Cricket are that it will do take­out or­ders and host pri­vate par­ties. It’s ex­pected to open in the spring.

Cherry Cricket Ball­park: 2220 Blake St., Den­ver; cher­rycricket.com; open­ing in 2018 I’m not sure that Aloy Thai fits into the cat­e­gory of diner, drive-in or dive, but what does Guy Fieri care? He fea­tures the Boul­der restau­rant — which, for the record, is quite lovely and not at all di­veish — on his “Din­ers, Drive-ins and Dives” show air­ing Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. on the Food Net­work.

“The film­ing was in­ter­est­ing. It was re­ally fast­paced,” Aloy man­ager Chan­tal John­son said. “Ev­ery­one was re­ally friendly and made it feel nat­u­ral. He (Fieri) was a cool guy. It was re­ally ex­cit­ing for him to be in here. He tried the food, he was re­ally ec­static, he was a lot of fun on-set and he in­ter­acted re­ally well with the peo­ple we brought in.”

For the mid-Septem­ber film­ing, Aloy closed to the pub­lic but brought in reg­u­lars, friends and fam­ily to taste the dishes they made for Fieri. (Lemon­grass Chicken and Khao Soi — a north­ern Thai-style noo­dle soup with red curry broth — in case it’s your life’s mis­sion to eat as Fieri does.)

If watch­ing all that de­li­cious Thai food makes you hun­gry, head to the restau­rant for a view­ing party on the 17th from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tick­ets are $20 and will get you a beer, ap­pe­tizer, en­trée and the chance to see your fa­vorite Thai restau­rant You may have no­ticed that the old Sin­clair sta­tion that’s sat va­cant for a cou­ple of decades on Broad­way and Florida is more than a di­lap­i­dated gas sta­tion these days. Snarf ’s, the Boul­der-based sand­wich chain known for awe­some, toasty sand­wiches, has set up shop. If you know Snarf’s, you’ve prob­a­bly al­ready vis­ited. If you haven’t tried a Snarf-wich, what are you wait­ing for? When a cock­tail menu is di­vided up into Beta and Ap­proved sec­tions, you know you’re go­ing to get some cre­ative drinks. Green­light Lab, which opened in a RiNo al­ley on Nov. 7, isn’t in­ter­ested in mix­ing up safe con­coc­tions, but would be quite pleased to make you a Man­hat­tan served in en­cap­su­lated, cracked-ta­ble­side ice or a cock­tail in a beer can. 1336 27th St., Den­ver, 720-788-5320; green­light­lab.net; Tues.-Sat. 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Goose­town Tav­ern has a new room­mate: Kitchen Ta­ble BBQ & Com­fort Food has moved on up from its old digs in City Park and into the Col­fax Tav­ern. Kitchen Ta­ble spe­cial­izes in Kansas Ci­tystyle ’cue, and, if that wasn’t enough, also makes a fine bowl of mac and cheese. So fine that “South­ern Liv­ing” mag­a­zine picked it as the best in the state. (Not sure how a mag­a­zine in the south would be an ex­pert on Colorado mac and cheese, but we trust it’s a fine bowl.) 3242 E. Col­fax Ave., Den­ver, 720-456-6967; kitchentable­cafe.com; Tues.-Sun. 4-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 4 p.m.-12 a.m.

This month, give thanks for the new RiNo Beer Gar­den, open­ing at 38th and Wal­nut Streets. The His­to­rian’s Ale House­backed ven­ture will have 60 Colorado- and Ger­many-cen­tric beers on tap, a 4,000-square-foot pa­tio (com­plete with fire pits and lots of gi­ant TVs) and Ger­man na­chos on the menu. It’s open, so go find out what, ex­actly, Ger­man na­chos are. 3800 Wal­nut St., Den­ver, 303-295-3800; ri­nobeer­gar­den.com

There will be a new Cherry Cricket in town in the spring.

Pro­vided by Aloy Thai

Khao Soi was one of the dishes that Aloy Thai served Guy Fieri dur­ing film­ing of “Din­ers, Drive-ins and Dives” at the Boul­der restau­rant.

Den­ver Post file

Snarf ’s sand­wich shop is now on South Broad­way.

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