Another week in Denver brings another round of openings, chef shuffles and more. Here’s the lowdown of what’s been going on this week in the Mile High dining scene.

Brunch at Avanti Food & Beverage

Avanti Food & Beverage. Photo by Kyle Cooper

Avanti Food & Beverage. Photo by Kyle Cooper

Avanti Food & Beverage—the two-story collective eatery in LoHi—announced plans to launch a brunch menu starting this Saturday, April 9. Expect a beet, kale, and pork butt hash from Farmer Girl, benedictos ibericos from Bixo and a selection of new arepas from Quiero Arepas. After you nab a dish, head to the bar for the Avanti Bloody Mary garnished with local beef jerky, a Real Dill pickle, and Avalanche Farms Goat Cheddar. Brunch menus are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

Pop’s Place opens at former Lower48 Kitchen

Jim Pittenger of Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs and Stephen Kleinman opened Pop’s Place on Monday in the former Lower48 Kitchen space. The new addition to the Ballpark neighborhood serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner with a diverse range of cuisines ranging from simple breakfast scrambles and pancakes to more globally inspired dishes such as Szechuan chicken tacos and a Thai noodle bowl. Stop into Pop’s Place seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Chef Matt Lackey out at Arcana in Boulder

The bar at Arcana. Photo by Noah Berg.

The bar at Arcana. Photo by Noah Berg.

Yesterday, it was announced that executive chef Matt Lackey who helped open the Boulder restaurant with owners Annie and Elliott Toan has been let go. Both sides have cited differences of opinion and vision as the reasons for the split. The seven-week-old American restaurant will be lead by sous chefs Rob Meier and Jordan Quidichay. Arcana is also expected to begin lunch service on April 19.

Biju’s Little Curry Shop opens location in Berkeley

Biju’s Little Curry Shop opened a second location last Friday, April 1 on Tennyson Street in the Berkeley neighborhood with plans to open a third location in Boulder. The outpost features a larger dining area with more seating for guests and an expanded kitchen. Curry lovers can expect to find the same menu with added vegetarian-friendly options.

Savory Spice announces location at Stanley Marketplace

Savory Spice Shop. Photo by Jackie Collins.

Savory Spice Shop. Photo by Jackie Collins.

Savory Spice announced plans to open a kiosk at the Stanley Marketplace later this year. This location will mark the eighth for Savory Spice in Denver. The selection of spices includes more than 400 freshly ground herbs and spices with more than 160 hand-crafted seasonings. “We have a truly amazing lineup to share with Stanley patrons,” said Mike Johnston, founding partner. “Some of the tried-and-true favorites include our Supreme Saigon Cinnamon, Peruvian Chile Lime Seasoning, Bourbon Barrel Smoked Black Pepper and Madagascar Vanilla Beans.”

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