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Owner received death threats after local restaurant's Facebook post went viral

A Denver restaurant is under fire after the owner wrote a Facebook post blasting a customer. Dirk Rusthoven owns Halina's Café & Catering and he said a rude customer caused him to write the post.
""He used profane language, made a scene, so I quietly calmed him down and ejected him from my restaurant,"" Rusthoven said.
Rusthoven said there were families with children inside his restaurant at the time.
This prompted him to write a Facebook post, which references the customer as ""the couple,"" telling him to ""DO NOT EVER"" show your face again in MY restaurant.""
This post, along with the restaurant's entire Facebook page, has since been taken down.
Neighbors said they were shocked to learn this post came from the owner."

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City Shuts Down Popular Unlicensed Restaurant

For 14 months Teri Font served up chickpea fried steak and other vegan comfort foods at the Handy Diner in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood. Business was growing and the Handy Diner was starting to get noticed. restaurant shut down 10pkg transfer City Shuts Down Popular Unlicensed Restaurant
“Since I was 12 it was my dream to open up a diner,” said Font. “We were doing pretty well financially and we were receiving a lot of praise.” But there was one thing Font was missing: a restaurant license. Last week, a Denver health inspector paid a visit to the corner market at 30th Avenue and Downing Street and noticed a sign for the Handy Diner on the adjoining property.

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Handy Diner, a Vegan Eatery, Closes After Operating Without a License for a Year

The DIY community has come under scrutiny in recent months, ever since a fire at the Ghost Ship in Oakland, California, killed 36 people. Since then, Denver's own Rhinoceropolis has been shut down, and a wave of inspections has caused tension between city agencies and the DIY community. But so far, that same spotlight hasn't been turned on the food-service industry, primarily because opening a restaurant in Denver requires permits and licenses from multiple departments. That makes flying under the radar extremely unlikely.

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Whole Foods plans to keep Capitol Hill location as new store opens near Denver Union Station

Whole Foods Market expects to open its new store near Denver Union Station this fall after the first wave of apartments open in the building where it will be housed.
The Austin, Texas-headquartered grocer will go head to head with nearby King Soopers and draw shoppers from downtown, Five Points, the Highlands and RiNo. Capitol Hill residents will have to decide whether to go two-ish miles to the new store or head in the other direction to the Whole Foods in Cherry Creek or Washington Park.
Late last month, Whole Foods confirmed it was closing its store at the southeast corner of East 11th Avenue and North Emerson Street just ahead of the new store’s opening. However, the company still is considering other options for the Cap Hill property.
“We are retaining that site,” said Heather Larrabee, Rocky Mountain region spokeswoman for Whole Foods. “The jury is still out on what that site will become, but we see it as a very valuable asset to our business, and that location is obviously very prime. It has been a community grocery store for 30 or 40 years so we respect the role that it played in the community, and we hope to be able to continue to offer services in some kind of other format.”

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Man caught using fake money at fast food restaurant gets violent

A Colorado Springs man tried to pay for food with fake money Saturday, became violent when the fast food restaurant would not accept it, according to police.
Police say Elston Franklin, 26, placed a large order just before 6:30 a.m. at the Burger King 1727 E. Platte Ave. When his money was refused, he threatened to kill employees and broke cash registers, police said.
When police arrived he attempted to fight them and was subdued with a stun gun. No one was injured.
In an unrelated incident, Tyler Fengler, 32, was in the parking lot pointing a gun at “unsuspecting citizens” when police arrived around 9:45 a.m. at the lot on Academy Boulevard near Union Boulevard, police say.
He was arrested without incident and faces charges of felony menacing, impersonating a peace officer and unlawfully concealing a weapon.
No shots were fired and no injuries reported.

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Boulder’s famed L’Atelier French restaurant is moving to Denver

Owner says closure linked to city’s underage drinking laws
L'Atelier is a nationally renowned French restaurant on Boulder's Pearl Street that will be moving to Denver.
L’Atelier, a nationally recognized French restaurant on Pearl Street in Boulder, is closing as chef/owner Radek Cerny prepares to move the eatery to Denver.
The well-known chef has run into trouble with the city over underage drinking at the restaurant.
“We’re not happy with Boulder,” Cerny said. “They shut us down for four weeks.”
The Beverages Licensing Authority suspended L’Atelier’s liquor license for 20 days in the fall after the restaurant, for the second time in less than a year, was caught serving minors."

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Crackdown On Immigrants Could Hurt Denver Restaurants

"Denver restaurants are facing an employment crisis with the crackdown on immigrants from south of the border.
It has estimated that at least 20 percent of those who work behind the scenes in restaurants are illegal immigrants.
Andra Zeppelin is the editor of the website that covers the Denver restaurant industry. She says they fill an important gap.
“People say immigrants are taking away jobs from Americans, restauranteurs in Denver will tell you there are no people who want these jobs,” Zeppelin said.
Silva’s Fish Market is just one place that is concerned about the supply of workers drying up. Owner Jesus Silva is an immigrant from Mexico himself who says the problem is becoming acute. “It’s already being really hard to find qualified people to work in restaurants and I know it’s going to be a little hard,” he said.
Places like Denver that have been seen as sanctuary cities may see the flow of workers from across the border ebb if a federal crackdown on illegal immigrants becomes a reality. Zeppelin said the problem could cause some places to fold.
“I think the restaurants will scramble and some will close. Many have closed in past two years because they couldn’t find good employees,” she said.
So at places like Silva’s Fish Market politics will determine the future. Silva says those affected must speak out. “I think the real question is if we going to be hiding or come out and talk and flight for it,” Silva said.
In several cities some places have declared themselves to be “sanctuary restaurants” fighting for their workers.

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Beer Calendar: Stouts, Stout Month and New England-Style IPAs

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project "saw the culmination" of its $3 million customized brewery — one that includes a coolship, a new hard-piped, stainless-steel fermentation cellar, twice as many wooden foeders, and new packaging equipment — in particular, a bottling line built out with cork-and-caging capabilities for 750-milliliter bottles. The brewery will use that line to begin bottling some of its flagship beers, as well as some rare and sought-after recipes, including L’Brett d’Raspberry, Persica, Surette Reserva with Palisade peaches, Mama Bear's Sour Cherry Pie and Nightmare on Brett Raspberry. Also new for 2017 is the addition of taproom-only releases that might count just 200 bottles each, and the packaging of some beers in 1.5-liter magnums.
Meanwhile, down south, Lone Tree Brewing underwent a major expansion in 2016, doubling the number of seats in its taproom and patio, adding TVs and games and creating a space for meetings. The brewery also purchased a new bottling line and began a new series called Branching Out, which includes experimental beers like Cranberry Saison and Arctic Spice Old Ale. And last spring, Lone Tree began distributing its flagship cans in Kansas and Nebraska. In 2017, Lone Tree plans to add new beers to its Branching Out series and will undergo a re-brand that includes a new logo and new artwork.Beer Calendar: Stouts, Stout Month and New England-Style IPAs..

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Bowling company launches arcade-restaurant at Denver Pavilions

Bowling company launches arcade-restaurant at Denver Pavilions...Arcade and restaurant concept FTW (For The Win) unveiled its new Denver Pavilions location at a grand opening party Wednesday night. The 13,000-square-foot arcade is owned by the same group behind Lucky Strike bowling alley, which already has about 20,000 square feet next door.
Denver is the third market Lucky Strike has tried for its FTW concept. It’s the latest tenant to move into the Pavilions after clothing store Uniqlo and restaurant Henry’s Tavern took premier, 16 Street Mall-fronting spots over the last two years.

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Shake Shack to open its first Colorado location in Denver

DENVER -- Attention, Shake Shack fans: The burger chain is coming to Denver. Shake Shack on Tuesday announced plans to open a new location in the RiNo area. It will be the company’s first location in Colorado. The Denver restaurant will offer all of the Shake Shack favorites, from burgers and chicken to crinkle-cut fries and frozen custard. Shake Shack said the restaurant will be built using recycled and sustainable materials, such as lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and tabletops made from old bowling alley lanes. The Denver location will open sometime in late 2017. The company hasn’t announced a specific opening date yet.

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