Mile High Life

From Broadway to the Denver stage

Column by Penny Parker
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The Denver Center Attractions 2014-15 season features Tony Award-winning hits and family favorites straight from Broadway including the national tour launch of "Pippin," "Kinky Boots," Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," "Motown the Musical," "Annie," and "Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking!"

"Pippin" is back on Broadway for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago, and has now won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival!

Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, "Kinky Boots" follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos.

Denver Center Attractions 2014-15 subscription packages start at eight payments of $21.38. Restrictions apply. To purchase a subscription, please call Denver Center Ticket Services: 303-893-4100 or 800-641-1222, or visit the ticket office located in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex at Speer & Arapahoe. Subscription packages may be purchased online at www.denvercenter.org/bwaysubs.

Sonodas LoDo location closes

Kenny Sonoda, founding father of the Sonodas chain of sushi restaurants, has opted to call it quits on his LoDo eatery at 1620 Market St. after nearly 19 years.

Sonoda, 65, is trying to retire, but his original spot at 3108 S. Parker Road in Aurora, a place he opened in 1995, will remain open.

Here's what Sonoda posted on www.sonodassushi.com: "With over 26 years in the business now behind me the time has come for me to hand up the knives and announce my retirement. And yet it is with more than a bit of sadness that I announce the closure of my Downtown Restaurant on Market Street on Feb. 15.

"In 1973 I first came to Denver, Colorado, to help build and open the Gasho of Japan, a Japanese Hibachi style steak house in downtown Denver (1627 Curtis St.). In 1976, I returned to Denver to build a freestanding building of Gasho of Japan Restaurant. This time I build a replica of a 400-year-old Gasho farmhouse, found in Takayama City of Japan, the sister city to Denver, Colorado. This Gasho of Japan restaurant was located in DTC on Belleview and I-25 where Shanahan's is currently standing."

Chipotle a social media winner

According to the National Restaurant Association e-letter, Denver-based Chipotle's position as lifestyle brand won the top spot on DigitalCoCo's Restaurant Social Media Index, followed by McDonald's, Taco Bell, Subway and Buffalo Wild Wings (all ick!) in the top five. Firehouse Subs and Hard Rock Cafe hit the top 10, both edging out Sonic and Jimmy John's.

The index measures influence, sentiment and engagement among more than 56 million social restaurant consumers. Read the complete blog at www.smartblogs.com/food-and-beverage/2014/02/13/2-big-brands-fall-off-rsmi-top-10-rankings-replaced-by-new-contenders.

Cherry Creek mall finally fills Saks spot

Fans of luxury home goods and lifestyle purveyor Restoration Hardware - now rebranded as RH - are in store for an unprecedented shopping experience at Cherry Creek Shopping Center.

Next year, RH will open a four-story, full-line design gallery in the space formerly occupied by Saks Fifth Avenue.

"The intent of this larger footprint, full line design gallery is to showcase the depth of our growing product assortment," said Gary Friedman, RH chairman and CEO. "Cherry Creek has been a successful location for our existing store and will be the first Rocky Mountain venue for this new broader expression of our brand."

At 53,000 square feet - more than four times the size of the existing Cherry Creek store - the new, four-level, full-line design gallery will feature a multi-story atrium, outdoor garden and rooftop park.

The existing Restoration Hardware will remain open during construction of the new flagship store.

Boulder's Bacaro closes

After 15 years in business in downtown Boulder, Bácaro Venetian Taverna is closing its doors on March 5.

Chris Holston purchased Bacaro from Corrado Fasano within the past few months, and Holston will be doing major renovations to the space before opening a new restaurant in late spring. Corrado is moving on to other business ventures, including PastaVino, where he's part owner.

To celebrate, Bácaro is offering 15 percent off all restaurant and bar purchases through March 5, (not including happy hour and other special discounts). The month-long farewell celebration will culminate with a Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday party on March 4.

DSA fashionistas win Goodwill event

On Feb. 7, Goodwill of Denver held its fourth annual Good Exchange Fashion Show & Clothing Swap.

"Project Runway" star Mondo Guerra and international fashion guru Tim Gunn announced the winning outfit by designer Kellehanna E'Shawn and model Sade Preston, both Denver School of the Arts students.

Yay! On The Town Junior, although not a fashion student, graduated from DSA.

Seen and heard

Eavesdropping on Denver Post sports columnist Benjamin Hochman on Twitter: "People keep asking me who won the Carmelo (Anthony) trade. The answer, of course, is La La."

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 Blacktie-Colorado.com. You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at www.blacktie-colorado.com/pennyparker. She can be reached at penny@blacktie-llc.com or at 303-619-5209.