It’s official, Great American Beer Festival has fully invaded Denver. Every bar, restaurant, and brewery has been injected with the spirit of a beer drinker’s idea of Christmas. But that doesn’t mean that everything has stopped in the city. For this edition of food news, we bring you the latest on the closings and openings along with a look at 5280’s Magazine‘s picks for 2015’s “25 Best Restaurants” in Denver.

Martine’s Bakery Closes after 17 Years

Martine's Bakery. Photo by Brittany Werges.

Martine’s Bakery. Photo by Brittany Werges.

Where: 700 Lincoln St, Denver

Neighborhood: Capitol Hill/ Governor’s Park

The Low Down: According to its neighbors and long time patrons, Martine’s Bakery appears to have quietly closed after more than a decade in the bakery business.

“One day they had a sign taped on the door [saying] that they were closed for a week of vacation. But they have never been back and appear to be closed forever. Without notice,” said Keri Wolf, a regular at Martine’s. That was four weeks ago and there appears to be no sign of activity since.

Primarily used as a commercial bakeshop for places like Sunflower Market, Martine’s recently became known as a well-loved secret for those savvy to its storefront off 7th and Lincoln in 2011. However, it appears its hidden quality might have finally been a detriment to the business which recently switched from its long-time owner, Martine Alexander-Chavez to Jason Bird. 303 has reached out to Bird for comment,  but the reason of its closure is still unknown. The shop was favorited for its morning daily quiches, variety of sugar-free and vegan baked goods and various lunch items. For those that live in the neighborhood, and were keen to its existence, it is a sad day to see it go.

Trillium Says Goodbye

Trillium closed

Trillium desserts. Photo by Lindsey Bartlett.

Where: 2134 Larimer St, Denver

Neighborhood: Ballpark

The Low Down: Yesterday it was reported that Trillium, a Scandinavian restaurant located off Larimer and 22nd, has now closed after being in business since 2011. According to Westword, Chef Ryan Leinonen will be looking into new ventures after taking some time off.

“I’ve been working nonstop for the past several years, so I’m going to take a few months off to stay at home and enjoy some much-needed time with my wonderful wife and daughters,” he told Westword. Trillium, named after a rare blue flower, was known for its nordic cuisine and was Denver’s only dedicated Scandinavian restaurant. During its time in business it garnered several accolades including 2012 and 2013 spots on 5280’s Best Restaurant list.

Openings

Masterpiece Kitchen, a Spinoff Masterpiece Deli, Is Coming to Lowry—Eater Denver

Inventing Room Coming to BallPark Neighborhood —Denver Post

Platform T Makes Tea-Drinking Cool—Eater Denver

French Twist Food Truck Hits the Streets—Eater Denver

Other News

5280 Names its 25 Best Restaurants

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Acorn. Photography by Roman Tafoya

The Low Down: Last weekend, 5280 Magazine released its list of the “25 Best Restaurants” during its annual 5280 Dines. The magazine’s ranking of our some of our city’s finest eateries is put together by 5280 food editor, Amanda Faison. The list is often highly anticipated and usually comes with several surprises. This year’s shocking reveal was Boulder’s Frasca Food and Wine fell from its number one spot for the first time since in six years, with Acorn, located in the Source Marketplace, taking its place.

“In terms of where dining is going in Denver, Acorn is the spot that reflects our restaurant culture best,” Faison told Eater Denver. Eater Denver released the list early online (as seen below). The print version will be  featured in the October issue of 5280 Magazine.

1. Acorn
2. Frasca
3. Mercantile
4. ChoLon
5. Populist
6. Work & Class
7. Beast + Bottle
8. Sushi Den
9. To The Wind
10. Basta
11. Oak
12. Barolo Grill
13. Mizuna
14. Fruition
15. Old Major
16. Stoic & Genuine
17 Guard & Grace
18. Cart Driver
19. Bistro Barbes
20. The Plimoth
21. Bittersweet
22. Duo
23. Rioja
24. Blackbelly Market
25. Uncle

  Other Other News:

Fight brewing between feds and kombucha tea makers—Denver Post

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