Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Sept. 25

Hi. I’ve been thinking lately that I need to spend more time east of Denver. Everyone’s always going to the mountains. What would you include in a plains roadtrip besides Pawnee National Grassland? Let me know, and then read today’s local news roundup.

Harry Hoffman's liquor store at Curtis and 18th streets, circa 1950s. (Burnis McCloud/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)
Harry Hoffman’s liquor store at Curtis and 18th streets, circa 1950s. (Burnis McCloud/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

New downtown Whole Foods slated to open in November with 2nd Birdcall location

The store in Capitol Hill is planned to close shortly before the supermarket opens within Union Denver apartment complex.

Luxury apartment complex Union Denver anchored by Whole Foods Market. (Courtesy of Holland Partner Group)
Luxury apartment complex Union Denver anchored by Whole Foods Market. (Courtesy of Holland Partner Group)

Whole Foods is planning to carve out space in its new downtown store for the chicken and robots restaurant Birdcall, the grocer announced Monday.


Why Cory Gardner probably will vote for every Republican effort to replace Obamacare

It would be awkward for Sen. Cory Gardner to vote against major Republican policy priorities, even if they are unpopular with voters.

Early on in Republicans’ efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner joined three other Republican senators in states that had expanded Medicaid in calling on any replacement bill to preserve the expansion and the access to health care coverage it extended to millions of low-income Americans.

But since then, Gardner’s name has been notably absent from the “will-he-or-won’t-he” speculation that has swirled around each successive Republican bill, and he’s voted in favor of every bill that has come to a floor vote — often after weeks of saying he needed more information or hadn’t made up his mind.



How the Denver Broncos lost to the Buffalo Bills, by the numbers

Trevor Siemian was bad. Jamaal Charles was … good? And 32 Broncos took a knee.

Trevor Siemian tossed two picks in Denver's Week 3 loss in Buffalo. (Mark Konezny/USA Today Sports)
Trevor Siemian tossed two picks in Denver’s Week 3 loss in Buffalo. (Mark Konezny/USA Today Sports)

The Denver Broncos looked vulnerable in a 26-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. After eking by the Chargers and then blasting the Cowboys at home, Denver struggled in its first road game of the season.


Denver-area Spanish-language movies range from independent film to “It” en español

The lines for tickets and palomitas (popcorn) move quickly here at Cinema Latino — the only theater in town dedicated to providing a true Latin American-style movie theater experience.

Cinema Latino in Auorora. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) movie theater; cinema; movies; kevinjbeaty; colorado; denverite; aurora; spanish language;
Cinema Latino in Aurora. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

By Priscilla Blossom, Special to Denverite

Film brings people closer together, and for some of greater Denver’s Latino population, that can mean seeking out the places that screen films in Spanish, or ones that are dubbed or subtitled.

Given that 30 percent of Denver identifies as Hispanic and 1 in 10 of Colorado residents are immigrants themselves, popularizing Spanish language and Latino film here just makes sense. That said, the struggle to find such films is real. Occasionally, a theater (like the Sie Film Center) might show a popular, Spanish-language film. Something by Pedro Almodovar, perhaps. But sometimes people just want to watch what everyone else is watching. Like “Despicable Me 3” … but en español.