Local food news: May 21, 2024

Restaurant openings, closings and more

Georgia Boys BBQ. Credit: David Harwi Photography

The opening restaurants for Longmont’s new Parkway Food Hall includes two concepts from Niwot’s Farow Restaurant: Pie Dog Pizza and Baa Hachi (Japanese street food). Other spots are Chile Con Quesadilla, H3sh3r Barbecue, Spice Fusion (Indian/Thai), Cleaver & Co (burgers) and Shawarma Shack

Yelp’s 2024 list of the best 100 barbecue spots in America includes Longmont’s Georgia Boys BBQ, ranked 87th, Denver’s Post Oak Barbecue was ranked 29th. 

Remember the olden times when you couldn’t get wine, beer or cocktails with takeout or delivered restaurant meals? The temporary pandemic-sparked law that legalized those sales of wine, beer, cider and cocktails was recently made permanent with the passage of Colorado Senate Bill 24-020. 

If you love Cheddar Bay biscuits and endless shrimp, you may want to grab a seafood feast at Red Lobster while you can. The financially troubled restaurant chain has shuttered dozens of locations nationally, including four in Colorado. The Longmont Red Lobster location currently remains open. 

Coming soon: Bella La Crema Butter Shoppe and Dairy Market, 304 Main St., Lyons. 

Culinary calendar 

Beer, wine, bacon, bourbon? 

Colorado’s season of summer tastings launches at this weekend’s Boulder Creek Festival with the Creekside Beer Fest (including wines, spirits and cocktails) May 25-26. bouldercreekfest.com

Plan ahead: Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival, June 1, manitousprings.org; Lake Dillon Beer Festival, June 15, coloradobeer.org; and Keystone Bacon & Bourbon Festival, June 22-23, keystonefestivals.com 

Words to Chew On: The Soul of an Eater 

“You needn’t tell me that a man who doesn’t love oysters and asparagus and good wines has got a soul, or a stomach either. He’s simply got the instinct for being unhappy.” 

— Hugh “Saki” Munro 

John Lehndorff hosts Radio Nibbles and Kitchen Table Talk on KGNU. Podcasts: kgnu.org/category/radio-nibbles 


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