It is officially fall, Denver, and you have one last ice cream to taste before the weather catches up with the season.
Dang, the latest Little Man Ice Cream brand, opened in Park Hill over the weekend. Even though this is the third ice cream business by the same company to open in the last six months, Dang is a particularly special one because it sells two foods and two foods only: soft-serve in eight offbeat flavors (see lilikoi and iced matcha) as well as “pints” of French fries with a house dipping sauce.
At the mid-century-modern-style shop on Oneida Street, two swirl cones with one topping each and an order of fries will set you back around $12. You can eat at patio tables and benches along a turf play area for kids, while the store will likely be blasting an ’80s soundtrack to accompany your throwback summer snacks.
Our recommended combo: Mexican chocolate swirled with caramel corn to ease into the cooler weather.
2211 Oneida St., 720-550-8834, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 11 p.m. weekends, dangsoftserve.com
Another throwback design (but forward-thinking concept) opened over the weekend on South Broadway. Somebody People is a vegan restaurant named for a David Bowie lyric. It promotes itself as a Mediterranean “vegetable-forward dining experience,” according to the restaurant’s website.
The experience part comes in the form of chef Simonas Sungaila’s multi-course tasting dinners for $35 or $25 on Sundays. Otherwise, you can order a la carte from menu options such as charred avocado ($10) and hay-smoked gnocchi ($13). There’s also a 60-bottle selection of biodynamic and natural wines, according to 303 magazine.
1165 S. Broadway, 720-502-5681, 5 p.m.-“late” Tuesday-Saturday and 5-9 p.m. Sunday, somebodypeople.com
The third location of the local Sushi Co. restaurants is open as of Monday in North Denver. Berkeley Park Sushi Co. is the latest offshoot of the original Cherry Hills Sushi Co. and the newer Park Hill Sushi Co., which opened over the summer, according to BusinessDen.
All three restaurants serve chef-owner Bradford Kim’s hand rolls, chirashi bowls and sashimi around a large center bar and sushi counter. Saki and mochi flights are good ways to round out the meal — or you can order a Japanese beer or whisky.
4404 Yates St., 4 p.m.-close daily, cosushico.com
Barrel-aged cocktails and smoked meat platters are on the menu at the new Smokehouse 17 in Uptown. Customers can order a diamondback (rye, apple brandy and Chartreuse) alongside their smoked pork belly ($12) or salmon ($15) boards, served with pickled vegetables and garlic bread.
A Colorado Wagyu brisket is the star of the menu, served by the pound ($27) and on tacos ($13). Local restaurateur Alex Gurevich owns the new 17th Avenue barbecue shop, according to Westword. He also runs the restaurant Sushi Ronin in LoHi, and he recently closed its sister spot Izakaya Ronin in RiNo.
1618 E. 17th Ave., 303-322-8098, 5-9 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday and on Sunday, and until 10 p.m. weekends, closed Monday and Tuesday, smokehouse17.com
For your next trip north: Denver’s The Family Jones Spirit House just opened its Loveland taproom ahead of the release of the distillery’s first Colorado Straight Rye Whiskey in October.
Family Jones has been aging this whiskey since it started serving cocktails and dishes to pair with the house spirits in Highland two years ago. Here in Denver, you’ll find the city’s prettiest tasting room, presided over by a small-batch copper still. But Loveland is where the majority of the distillation happens. There, you can now order cocktails like the Barricuda Lemondrop and Hair of the Dog Bloody Mary. The tasting room will also offer ice cream sandwiches and will have local food trucks.
1527 Taurus Court, Loveland, 5-10 p.m. Thursday and until midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday and until 6 p.m. Sunday, familyjones.squarespace.com
The former Gary Lee’s Motor Club & Grub on South Broadway has been taken over by Cochino Taco. It’s an Englewood-based restaurant known for dishes like Evil Cheetos (pork rinds dusted in powdered cheddar) and crispy fried pig ear tacos, according to Westword.
The new Cochino has been outfitted with a Bingo board and lots of pig paraphernalia (see the slogan “swine dining since 2016”). Slushy machines will be churning out frozen margaritas and palomas.
176 S. Broadway, 3-11 p.m. daily, brunch and lunch forthcoming, cochinotaco.com
Bruto — the latest restaurant by the owners of The Wolf’s Tailor, Basta and Dry Storage — finally opens Friday at the Dairy Block, after a summer of hosting pop-up events.
Bon Appetit magazine just dubbed The Wolf’s Tailor the 10th best new restaurant in America. Now, chef-owner Kelly Whitaker is serving modern mall food at Bruto, located inside Dairy Block’s Free Market. Surrounded by boutique shops, Bruto will provide shoppers and passersby with snacks such as flatbreads, cocktails like Aperol spritzes and sparkling wines.
RELATED: Bon Appétit has named a Denver restaurant one of America’s 10 Best New Restaurants
1801 Blake St., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closed Monday, starting Friday Sept. 27, freemrkt.co
Filling out the corner at 7th Avenue and Logan Street is Carboy Winery, now open next door to sister restaurant, Ivy, which has been serving brunch since the spring.
Carboy Denver brings with it a handful of destinations-in-one to Governors Park — a winery, wine bar, wine shop and bistro called Logan Street, so visitors all day will find something to drink and eat. Chef Rebecca Weitzman leads both the Ivy and Logan Street kitchens. At the latter, she’ll be serving a Mediterranean menu of seafood, pasta and small plates that can be paired with Carboy’s and other wines.
400 E. 7th Ave., 720-617-9410, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and until 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, carboywinery.com
The Corner Beet Cherry Creek will bring quick-service vegetarian food to Saint Paul Street on Sept. 30. This restaurant is a separate spinoff of the 5-year-old Capitol Hill favorite, which received three out of four stars in our recent review.
At the new spot, you’ll see similarly healthful foods that you can also grab to-go, like oat bowls, toasts, salads and smoothies. And customers can order superfood lattes and adaptogen-filled juices to complete their meals.
165 Saint Paul St., 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, thecornerbeetcc.com
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