Moe’s Original Bar B Que & Bowling has expanded its empire to a new spot in Aurora.
Located in an old Walgreen’s at 2727 S. Parker Road (corner of Yale and Parker; my old Aurora ‘hood), the spanking new Moe’s opened on Dec. 12.
Besides the flavorful barbecue, Moe’s has eight bowling lanes, an upstairs arcade and a large bar.
Moe’s now has four locations: The original at 3295 S. Broadway in Englewood; 530 Broadway in Denver and 2589 S. Lewis Way in Lakewood. More info: www.moesdenver.com.
Raising a glass
CRL Associates chief operating officer and Denver City Council hopeful Roger Sherman held his annual toast to the staff at The Palm restaurant in the Tabor Center on Friday, Dec. 20.
The seven-year tradition started when an unexpected winter blizzard derailed Sherman’s flight plans and cancelled his trip to Chicago. He diverted to The Palm with his friend and co-worker Cathie Greig, who again joined Sherman at Friday’s sip soiree.
Sherman, Greig and co-workers at the local government relations powerhouse CRL Associates raised a glass of 2001 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon with the staff at The Palm — from managers to dishwashers — who crammed inside the bar for the much-anticipated occasion financed by Sherman.
“We have so much to be thankful for, and this has become something we look forward to each Christmas,” Sherman said. The toasters tipped back two jeroboam (double magnums) of the Jordan cab.
Parr’s death shocks restaurant community
Denver’s restaurant world was rocked Dec. 21 in the aftermath of the news of Jeff Parr’s death.
Parr, who was 43, reportedly died in his sleep Dec. 20. Leigh Sullivan, who was partners with Parr in the restaurant consultancy company Leigh Sullivan Enterprises, said that Parr wasn’t feeling well that night, went to bed and never woke up.
“He was a very happy man, so that is giving me some comfort,” Denver chef Jenna Johansen said.
Parr’s restaurant resume is extensive: Before joining Sullivan, he spent stints with Sage Restaurant Group, Loews Hotels, Qdoba Mexican Grill and Levy Restaurants (Wellshire Inn, Pepsi Center).
Perhaps the most eloquent tribute to Parr came from close friend Paul “Berrick” Abramson who wrote, “God took one of the good ones from us last night. Jeffrey Parr was an amazing father and husband, a truly great friend and one of the finest human beings I’ve known. Always there with a smile, eager to help a friend or stranger, energized by being part of the community and absolutely driven, grounded and consumed by his love for his wife (Libby Pollock) and son (Brooklyn Beau, age 4).”
In addition to his wife and son, Parr is also survived by his brother, Andrew Parr, and father, Shep Parr.
Seen and heard
Eavesdropping on a Facebook post: “Cover letter just received from applicant: `I just graduated from college four days ago, and I have always wanted to live in a Pacific Northwest state like Colorado.’”
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