Mile High Life

Punch is salute to president


As a tribute to President Barack Obama's surprise visit to the Wazee Supper Club on July 8, the folks behind the bar have created, and are now offering, a special Presidential Punch.

Comprised of vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, mint and champagne, it's a not-too-political punch for hot summer days at $6 a pop.

Also, at Wazee the president had pepperoni and sausage pizza and a Prost Pilsner beer with his dinner companion Gov. John Hickenlooper. Hick's former restaurant company owns the venerable Wazee at 15th and Wazee streets.

Perry's at Park Meadows

Perry's Restaurants, a Texas-based, family-owned group of award-winning steakhouses, will open its first location in Colorado this summer in the outside portion of the Park Meadows mall. The Denver location marks the 11th steakhouse location, and its second outside Texas after launching in Chicago last November.

"From our roots as a meat market, we've grown to focus not only on great food, but also the experience of our guests," said Chris Perry, founder and owner of Perry's Restaurants.

Known for its selection of butcher-fresh prime beef, Perry's is also known for its unexpected steakhouse specialty - Perry's Famous Pork Chop, a seven-finger tall chop that is dried, cured and roasted, then caramelized and topped with Perry's signature herb-garlic butter. Perry's is also home to Bar 79, named after the year Perry's was founded.

For more information and reservations, go to

Union Station to open

Remember when Denver's Union Station had two pay-to-park lots flanking the historic building?

Those have been long gone during the major makeover of the project, which will be formally unveiled to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26, extended a few weeks from the originally scheduled opening date.

During the much-anticipated massive reconstruction project, parking was precious at a meter or you could opt for valet on Wynkoop at Morton's and Venice restaurants or The Oxford Hotel on 17th.

The Union Station project will take the pressure off nearby parking meters, if you're willing to pay more than a dollar an hour and risk the meter time limit. All Denver Union Station patrons visiting one of the 13 restaurants and retailers in and around the structure may use the valet at The Crawford Hotel for $10 with a validated ticket.

No validation? That'll be $20, please. Overnight hotel guests will pay $34 per night. For more information, go to

Buffalo Bill Days return

Buffalo Bill Days, Golden's largest summer event July 23-27, turns 60 this year, but you know what they say? Sixty is the new 40.

This free annual salute to the West's best showman is packed with authentic Western entertainment, live music, kids' activities, food trucks, beer garden, mutton bustin' and the Best of the West parade.

The festival's namesake, Buffalo Bill Cody, spent time in Golden, Denver and Central City with his famous Wild West Show in which genuine cowboys and cowgirls demonstrated their skills. Buffalo Bill is buried on nearby Lookout Mountain, where he has long enjoyed the remarkable view from the top.

While in town, visitors can also enjoy a pancake breakfast, bull riding, Li'l Spike train rides and more. For more information, visit or contact the Buffalo Bill Days committee at 303-279-3342.

Police PR person praised

Jill McGranahan, public relations coordinator for the Arvada Police Department, is known around the City of Arvada organization as a social media expert. 

On June 25, McGranahan received the Government Technology Research Alliance Excellence in Social Media and Transparency Award for her exceptional efforts in engaging with and informing the citizens of Arvada. 

As the city announcement phrased it: McGranahan's work in social media has had considerable impact on the communications methodologies employed by the city and have greatly improved both the quality and content of conversation and connectivity with citizens. She was specifically recognized for her use of Facebook and Twitter as a powerful means of connecting with Arvada's citizens. Over the past year, the quality, variety, and consistency of dialogue that she has fostered has resulted in a 320 percent increase in Facebook likes and a 348 percent increase in Twitter followers.

McGranahan said: "This award is a reflection of the incredible community in which we live and work. Social media as a communication tool wouldn't work without the involvement and interaction of our residents, nonprofits and businesses."

The Seen

At the July 6 Colorado Rockies-Los Angeles Dodgers game at Coors Field, disgraced Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. The shoeless cyclist posed for a picture with the wife and a friend of Rockies fan Thomas Roche.


Eavesdropping on a dad to his son: "Do I look old and tired?"

"You don't look tired."

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.

Penny Parker


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