Justin? Well, just maybe

Column by Penny Parker


If Steve Cominsky's hunch is right, there's a “very good chance” that movie and music star Justin Timberlake could show up for the opening of Colorado's first Southern Hospitality Restaurant & Bar at 1433 17th St.

Timberlake, who along with two partners created the New York-based barbecue and Southern food eatery, no longer has a financial stake in the restaurant but “still aligns himself with the brand,” said Cominsky, chief operating officer of Southern Hospitality Franchisee Holding Corp., which owns the exclusive franchise rights to expand the brand. “He's a big supporter.”

One rising music star who will definitely be around for the late January opening is Colorado Springs native Ryan Tedder, lead singer of the band OneRepublic, who remains an investor.

“Ryan lives in town and has a studio in Denver,” Cominsky said. “He'll be around the restaurant for the first couple of weeks.”

Cominsky and his team have the franchise rights to open 30 Southern Hospitality restaurants throughout the country. The Denver restaurant will open for dinner only to start, with plans to add lunch by early February.

The menu includes Memphis-style barbecue, dry-rubbed spare ribs, sweet and saucy baby-back ribs, crispy fried pickles and creamy cheddar grits. The bar list includes a selection of micro-brews on tap, an extensive list of bottled beers and a variety of bourbon.

For more information, go to www.shdcrestaurants.com.

Game of Giving

With the Broncos clinching the AFC West title and the team's sound drubbing of the Cleveland Browns, there's a chance Denver's team will be New Orleans-bound in February.

Since we can't all make it to NOLA for the festivities, you can celebrate in town during the second annual Game of Giving fundraiser at Casselman's Bar & Venue, 2620 Walnut St., on Feb. 3.

The annual Super Bowl watching party benefits Metro Volunteers, Families First and Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado Parent & Child Foundation.

Tickets are $25 for admission, a food buffet (from Elway's, Jason's Deli, Y.Lo Catering and Garbanzo's), free beer and one prize drawing ticket to win items including restaurant gift cards, signed sporting goods, event tickets and more.

Tickets: www.casselmans.com.

Panzano adds space

Panzano restaurant inside The Hotel Monaco at 909 17th St. has added 415 square feet of private dining space adjacent to the bar.

The room, dubbed Toscana, features an expansive view of Champa Street through a large glass window wall opposite a wine wall that holds 450 bottles from the restaurant's award-winning wine list.

“We're excited to expand our offerings and create this unique space for our guests,” said Panzano General Manager Josh Mayo. “The street view from this new room makes it a great addition to our private dining spaces.”

The new space will seat 20 guests for a seated dinner at counter-high tables and chairs. Up to 40 guests can use the space “reception style” for cocktails and appetizers. The new room is equipped with a 52-inch high-definition flat-screen TV designed for professional presentations.

Executive Chef Elise Wiggins will be available for events in this new venue. When Toscana is not reserved for private events, Panzano's happy hour will expand into the new room.

More information at www.panzano-denver.com.

Oxford Hotel is `golden'

Denver's historic Oxford Hotel, on 17th and Wazee, is featured on Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List 2013 as one of the “World's Best Places to Stay.”

The January issue of the magazine — on newsstands now — features more than 500 properties worldwide. The Oxford was the only Denver hotel to be honored.

In celebration of the Conde Nast pick, The Oxford has launched a gold package, starting at $500 per night. It includes:

• Deluxe or parlor room accommodations for two.

• A 50-minute couples massage at the Oxford Club.

• In-room amenity of Godiva Chocolates and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

• A copy of the Conde Nast Traveler magazine featuring the 2013 Gold List.

• Valet parking.

For more information and reservations, call 1-800-228-5838 or go to www.theoxfordhotel.com.

Bridgewater brings beery dinner

The Colorado Beer Dinner series at the Bridgewater Grill in the Golden Hotel continues on Jan. 9. The event is from 7-9:30 p.m.; $40 per person. Reservations: 303-279-2010 or at www.bridgewatergrill.com.

Here's the mouth-watering menu:

Event kickoff: Brew — Bookai Red Ale; Horseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB; Tostones with Spicy Chili & Garlic Sauce & Mini Cuban Sandwiches; Roasted Pork Loin, Ham, Pickles, Beer Mustard

Amuse: Brew — Hookiebobb IPA; Caribbean Shrimp Cocktail; Avocado, Pico De Galo, Fresh Cirtrus

Second course: Brew — Old Soul Belgium Ale; Sweet Corn Soup with Roasted Chilies & Conch; Mixed Greens & Bean Sprout Salad with Spiced Rum Dressing

Entrée: Brew — Cara De Luna Black Ale; Espresso Crusted Pork; Black Beans, Sweet Cream Rice, Fried Plantains & Salsa Tamarindo

Dessert: Brew — Mountain Living Pale Ale; Pastel De Tres Leches

Seeking artists

The 40 West Healing Arts Exhibition & Showcase in northeast Lakewood is looking for artists. The deadline to submit artwork to be considered for the exhibit is Jan. 17. Submission is free for 40 West Arts members. The exhibit is a convergence of artwork, practitioners and products that invigorate and revitalize the mind, body and spirit, and it will kick off Feb. 9. To submit artwork, visit www.40WestArts.org.

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. She can be reached at penny@blacktie-llc.com or at 303-619-5209.


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