Mile High Life

Euclid Hall gets magazine nod

Column by Penny Parker
Penny Parker

Denver's Euclid Hall, in Larimer Square, has been praised for its food, mainly because of James Beard Award-nominated chef Jorel Pierce and co-owner Jennifer Jasinski, a "Top Chef Masters" finalist.

Add one of America's best beer bars to the accolades, courtesy of Travel + Leisure magazine.

Here's some of what T+L wrote about Euclid Hall: Jessica Cann and Jules Bouchard's expert sourcing have made this brick-walled 1863 landmark building one of the best beer halls in all of Colorado - and according to Food & Wine, one of America's best gastropubs in one of America's best cities for foodies. Locals belly up for 12 taps, beer cocktails, and an extensive menu of bottles and cans quirkily ranked by mathematical difficulty ("Arithmetic" session beers to strong, complex bad boys under "Quantum Mechanics"). Bestsellers like Boulevard's Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale and Avery IPA get paired with way-above-average bar bites by Jorel Pierce.

Visit for more information or go to to learn more about the restaurant.

Montgomery leaving 9News

One of my favorite TV news characters, Kirk Montgomery, is leaving 9News.

According to a Denver Post story, the entertainment reporter-anchor at KUSA-Channel 9 since 2001, is out at 9News. He will move to at WILX, the NBC affiliate in Lansing, Mich., reportedly to become anchor of a new 4 p.m. newscast.

Montgomery announced his exit on his Facebook page April 16 after joking on the 4:30 p.m. broadcast about growing up in Michigan (and spending time on a llama farm).

He earlier wrote about not being offered a full one-year contract at Channel 9. On Twitter he said, "Mixed emotion I say goodbye to CO and @9NEWS on 5/9/14."

Good luck, Kirk!

Zappolo, Adams hired by 9News

Speaking of 9News, the news ratings leader has hired former Fox 31 news anchor Ron Zappolo and ex-Rocky Mountain News sports columnist Sam Adams for an "experiment" in a segment of its newscast, The Denver Post reported.

Zappolo retired a year ago after five years in the anchor chair at Fox 31 and stints as a sports anchor for KCNC-Channel 4 and then 9News.

According to The Post story, Zappolo and Adams (now a comedian who has worked for several Denver TV stations) will talk sports within the weekend newscast.

Hudson Gardens lists shows

The Hudson Gardens and Events Center in Littleton has announced its 2014 summer concert schedule, and the musical slate includes the likes of Smokey Robinson, Chris Isaak and Boz Scaggs. Colorado favorites, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, open the concert schedule on June 1.

Exclusive pre-sale for Hudson Gardens members only started on April 21. General public tickets go on sale on April 28. Purchase at

Hudson Gardens is located at 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton.

Check out the schedule and more details at or call 303-797-8565.

Walnut Room update complete

The Walnut Room has completed an expansion and renovation of the kitchen at its River North location, 3131 Walnut St.

The six-week project doubled the size of The Walnut Room's original kitchen, providing much-needed space to accommodate upgraded equipment, including two new pizza ovens.

"These changes will allow us to run our food operations more efficiently and provide better quality food to our patrons," said John Burr, owner of The Walnut Room.

The larger kitchen will make it easier for Chef Jonah Munson to eventually expand the restaurant's menu, which features an array of pizzas, sandwiches and salads. Music fans may also notice that The Walnut Room's concert hall also includes a new bar, since the last one was removed to make way for the new kitchen. The music venue still has capacity for 180 people for concerts and can host up to 65 for seated events, such as rehearsal dinners or private receptions.

While concerts were suspended during the construction, the venue has resumed its regular slate of shows, which includes Simon Townshend of The Who on May 3.

Pantaleone's gets a lift

Pantaleone's Italian Restaurant endured the harangues of British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay on an episode of the Fox Network reality series, "Kitchen Nightmares," that aired April 11

Judging from the conclusion, the pizza and pasta place run by the Fafalios family - husband and wife, Pete and Paulette and their son, Josh - the results seem to have improved the place at 2120 S. Holly St. in south Denver.

"Kitchen Nightmares" gave Pantaleone's a fresh look with black-and-white painted walls and old family photos on the walls, replacing the nearly 30-year-old rave reviews of the place and a "scary" clown hologram.

In the end, the restaurant was full of diners, including a couple of beauty queens and Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown.

Ramsay didn't convince Pete to open on Sundays, though they will open to private parties. But Pantaleone's is finally offering delivery, when Ramsay gave them a van with the restaurant name on it.

Pete seemed happy with the experience and gave his son more say in the business.

"Chef Ramsay is a remarkable, remarkable man," Pete said. "I am very grateful to him. I love you, you old Brit!"

"Kitchen Nightmares" went to Arvada's The Old Neighborhood in an episode that aired April 18 (you can catch it On Demand).


Eavesdropping on a conversation between two girls at Duffeyroll Cafe on South Pearl Street:

Commenting on her first online date last week, one girl said. "He emailed me afterward and asked, 'I had a good time - what do you want to do next?' I'm tempted to write back, 'Go out with someone else!'"

Penny Parker's "Mile High Life" column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.