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Spanky’s Roadhouse has long had a “college bar” reputation because of its close proximity to the University of Denver. That reputation may hold true on weekdays and packed Friday nights, but brunch attracts a more diverse crowd. From a build-your-own drink bar to inventive dishes and classic favorites, Spanky’s can entertain all comers.
Spanky’s isn’t content with pouring you the same old orange-juice mimosas; instead, you have a choice of five juices — orange, cranberry, grapefruit, pineapple or mango, plus a rotating weekly special — all for only $11 bottomless. Last week’s special was fruit punch, but general manager Katie Kingston says she plans on changing the flavor every week to keep patrons on their toes. Just step up to the mimosa bar and mix and match; servers come around with pitchers of sparkling wine to top you off.
To continue the fruity theme, I started brunch with peaches and cream French toast. These slabs are built with thick-cut Texas toast, so the interior stays moist while the coating is just a little crunchy. They were covered in sweet mascarpone cream and diced peaches; the portion is generous and hearty enough to soak up multiple rounds of mimosas. The dish also comes with a choice of three syrups: maple, blueberry and strawberry.
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Spanky’s most recent inclusion in The Denver Business Journal’s article titled, Full Plate: This Week’s Denver Area Restaurant News.
Spanky’s Roadhouse, a longtime University of Denver dive bar, has revamped its look and its menu, offering up “sleek and contemporary finishes” and more health-minded food options — but keeping a variety of bust-your-gut burgers available to signify it hasn’t forgotten its roots.
The 27-year-old hangout, part of the Roadhouse Hospitality Group, rebooted its 2,500-square-foot space and open-air patio to make it a relaxing space for families and greater Denverites as well as students. The menu revamp includes entrée salads and a paleo bowl but also options like the Jam Burger (pictured), featuring applewood bacon, brie, bacon onion apple jam and arugula
A native of Des Moines, Iowa, James Doxon found his calling to cuisine while a design student at Iowa State University. He enrolled in the well-established Iowa Culinary Institute in Ankeny and embraced his new career with passion. Upon graduation, he worked in various bistro-style farm to table restaurants in Des Moines and Ames. One year later, he secured a position as Sous Chef at Kahill’s Steak, Fish, and Chophouse in South Sioux City, Nebraska overlooking the majestic Missouri River.
In 2012, at the age of 24, Chef James was titled Executive Sous Chef/ Executive Banquet Chef and quickly became an indispensable asset to the restaurant, bringing his exquisite palate and creativity to everything he touched. Before leaving Nebraska with his wife to discover new possibilities in Colorado, he was privileged to be nominated for a James Beard Award. While in Denver, Colorado, he found his home with Roadhouse Hospitality Group and in March 2014, he was named an Executive Chef, a role in which he continues to delight guests with his refined, contemporary cuisine.
While growing as a Chef, James traveled around Europe learning flavors and techniques from various chefs and their cultures. On any given day Chef James can be found creating dishes influenced by his humble beginnings in the Midwest. He believes the most flavorful cuisine is made simply with the best, highest quality products and he considers it part of his job to inspire and educate guests about the bounty that surrounds us.
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February 10, 2018
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- Local bars competing for “Denver’s Best Martini,” including: Cater Rendezvous, Jax FishHouse & Oyster Bar, Punch Bowl Social, Stoney’s Bar & Grill, T-Street Roadhouse, Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill, Tupelo Honey and Whiskey Biscuit!
- Silent Auction including a Southwest Airlines voucher, fitness memberships, restaurant gift cards and other luxury items.
- Over 500 guests along with celebrity guest judges.
- New for 2018: Presentation at 8 pm. Try an exclusive martini, meet BHGH alumni and win door prizes!
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Dance the night away with The Tent Show Kings, and enjoy food provided by Roadhouse Hospitality Group.
Cooking is love made visible
The month of love is upon us. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we turned to our chefs and asked them the simple question, “Who do you love to cook for?” Let the brownie points commence!
“So many of my cooking skills have come from growing up in my mom’s kitchen. I spent lots of time watching her cook for the family seven nights a week. For someone without any formal training, she was amazing in the kitchen—still is actually. I love cooking for her now because she appreciates it so much. She asks a million questions and is always interested in learning new techniques, just as I did when I watched her in my younger years. Even now, she still manages to teach me a trick or two that she has learned throughout the years.”
—Justin Adrian, Roadhouse Hospitality Group
LIVE MUSIC | DANCING | DRINKS | EATS
Join us Saturday, March 4th for a reprieve from the long winter! Break out your most festive island attire, grab your friends, and head to Walking Mountains Science Center to Escape Cabin Fever!
Island-inspired food and cocktails, live music by Euforquestra, a raffle for a chance to win a pair of Liberty Skis, Monkshood Winery Tour, hut trip and more await you for your one-night island getaway in the heart of the Rockies.
Not your typical fundraising event – just drinks, dancing, and informal island fun!
When: Saturday, March 4, 2017 | 7:00pm-11:00pm
Where: Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon
Cost:$100/ticket. Click here to purchase your tickets today!
*Event proceeds benefit Walking Mountains’ natural science and sustainability education programs.*
Unable to attend? You can still make a donation to support our programs by clicking here.
Event Co-Producers: Christine Ashburn & PJ Berg
Host Committee: Alix Berglund, Hans Berglund, Kristen Bertuglia, Fritz Bratschie, Maren Cerimele, Ann Darby, Nicky DeFord, Debbie King Ford, Shelly Jarnot, Ellen Moritz, Scott Robinson, Pete Scales, Terri Scales, Tammy Schiff, John Shipp, Gina Van Hekken, Tina Vardaman, Patty White, Kristin Williams & Andrew Zaback
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Eagle will usher in the holiday season this weekend with its traditional Christmas on Broadway nighttime parade on Saturday. This year marks the celebration’s 27th anniversary.
“The community will come together for the parade starting at 5:30 p.m. on Broadway and then follow the parade to Eagle Town Park to see the live nativity, tell Santa their Christmas wishes, warm up by the bonfire while sipping on wassail and enjoy the sounds of the Harris and Lee Band until 8 p.m.,” said Michelle Friedman, of the Eagle Chamber of Commerce, the event organizer.
For kids headed to the festivities, here is a vital piece of information: Youngsters can nab a free bag of candy beginning at 5 p.m. at the Peppermint Station located next to the parade announcer stage downtown. Because of safety concerns, no candy will be distributed along the parade route.
The Eagle Community United Methodist Women will be selling their famed chicken noodle soup from a stand outside the Eagle Pharmacy to warm up parade watchers. The soup sale will begin at 5 p.m.
As a prelude to Christmas on Broadway, the second-annual WassailFest sponsored by Circle-A Auto Repair and the Dusty Boot Roadhouse begins mid-week.
Businesses located throughout Eagle will be participating, and an event kickoff is planned at the newly renovated Dusty Boot Roadhouse today, starting at 5:30 p.m. Rally goers will get their first taste of wassail, pick up their 12 Sips of Wassail cards, get a token for a free drink and check out the Dusty Boot remodel. Wassailers will hit the streets Thursday through Saturday to try different wassail recipes at participating business and get their cards punched. Wassailers will turn in their cards at the Dusty Boot Roadhouse by 4 p.m. Saturday to cast their vote for Eagle’s 2016 Wassail Meister. Everyone who completes a 12 Sips card can claim a commemorative mug and a free burger token from Dusty Boot Roadhouse.
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November 12, 2016
EAGLE — As the seasons start to transition into winter, Dusty Boot Roadhouse in Eagle will be undergoing its own transition. On Monday, the doors will reopen to a redesigned restaurant interior and menu.
“We are excited to present an even better experience than before,” said John Shipp, owner of Dusty Boot Roadhouse and Roadhouse Hospitality Group. “Every modification we made was to tailor the restaurant to the Eagle community that has been so welcoming.”
Opened in 2008 as The Dusty Boot, the restaurant will now be known as Dusty Boot Roadhouse. The furniture, as well as the look and feel of the restaurant, has been updated to match a new, modern design. The new menu will feature new burgers, appetizers, entrées and drinks that have become popular at other Roadhouse Hospitality Group Restaurants. Many of the local restaurant’s popular entrees and drinks and its long-established, friendly vibe will remain.
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By Jeffrey Steen, Managing Editor
DiningOut, Denver & Boulder
The Boulder Depot is nothing new. In fact, the building dates back to 1890 when it functioned as a train station at 14th and Canyon. But by the mid-1950s, train transportation had taken a back seat to the illustrious automobile, rendering this particular depot increasingly less useful. By 1973, the building was slated for demolition. That’s when one of Boulder’s founding families, the Jaycees, came to the rescue; by orchestrating community fundraising, they were able to purchase the building and move it to the PowWow Rodeo Grounds east of downtown. For decades, it functioned as an event space and concession stand, until the Roadhouse Hospitality Group proprietors, John and Dan Shipp, purchased it, moved it to its current digs at Pearl and 30th, and lovingly renovated the space to reflect both the depot’s history and its new life as a forward-thinking, Boulder-centric eatery.
While relatively small, The Boulder Depot space is impressively dynamic. The main level features nooks and crannies, dotted with local artists’ craftwork—like the iconic caged lights dangling above—and restored elements from the original depot, including sprawling walls of stone and, in a cheeky nod to the past, railroad tie tops on the bar’s beer taps. The small but mighty kitchen, meanwhile, tucks into the far corner, churning out thin-crust flatbreads, salads, apps, and burgers galore.
Downstairs, The Depot offers a bit of a surprise—a private dining space for 60 or so. With its own bar and an alcove for game-watching, its the perfect spot for a range of occasions. They’ve even been known to host anniversary parties for weddings that took place at The Depot in the “PowWow Era.” All along the walls on both levels, guests will see remembrances of the days of yore; from newspaper clippings of the Jaycees renovation in the ’70s to the more recent remodel, these moments in time anchor the history of The Depot that has never been—and never will be—forgotten.
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Thank you to Vail Daily and Summit Daily News for featuring Roadhouse Hospitality Group recently.