Lying liars are lying: Colorado McDonald’s franchises not converting play areas into pot-smoking centers

The fast-food company said there is no truth to a report on social media.

An old-school McDonalds, Colfax and Kingston. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) colfax; neon; night; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
An old-school McDonald’s, Colfax and Kingston. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

By  The Associated Press

McDonald’s PlayPlaces aren’t becoming pot places, not even in Colorado, the first state with legal recreational marijuana sales.

The fast-food company said there is no truth to a report on social media that 15 restaurants in the state have transformed or plan to transform play areas into pot-smoking centers.


As Denver gets bigger, its days are getting longer

We’re living in a city open for business 20 hours a day. Could it be 24? Should it be?

Closing time in LoDo, March 12, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) nightlife; bars; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; lodo; downtown;
Closing time in LoDo, March 12, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

It’s 2 a.m. in LoDo.

For about 20 minutes, the sidewalks have become steadily more crowded with partiers — some happy, some angry, some stable, some stumbling. They’re lining up outside food trucks as drunk hunger, that special brand of hunger, rumbles in their stomachs. They’re walking in circles and craning their necks impatiently, trying to find the ride they’ve summoned among the mass of thoroughly gridlocked traffic.

In a 24-hour city, this scene doesn’t happen.


Brother Jeff and Ron Springer plan to enhance Welton Street’s culture with new catering service

Over the years, the sights and sounds of Welton Street have changed dramatically, but Brother Jeff Fard and Ron Springer hope to make sure Five Points keeps some of its original character.

Brother Jeff Fard and Ron Springer stand in front of Black Dollar Saturdays at Brother Jeff's Cultural Center on Welton Street, March 31, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; five points; brother jeff fard; welton street;
Brother Jeff Fard and Ron Springer stand in front of Black Dollar Saturdays at Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center on Welton Street, March 31, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Over the years, the sights and sounds of Welton Street have changed dramatically, but Brother Jeff Fard and Ron Springer hope to make sure Five Points keeps some of its original character. In addition to the many events Brother Jeff Fard hosts at his Cultural Center, the two plan on starting up a commercial catering service that will serve food from across all parts of the African Diaspora.

Although the catering service is not officially ready to open its doors, you can get a feel for its potential by stopping by Black Dollar Saturday at Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center for sample plates that will include some Caribbean delights, a vegan option and a healthy dose of soul food. 

“It’s a wonderful idea, the representation of black cultural foods, the international aspect of it, we’re representing Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and we have an expansive vegan menu,” Springer said.


High Point Creamery opens on Tennyson Street — its third location

“We’re just excited to be the neighborhood ice cream shop.”

High Point Creamery is ready to open on Tennyson Street, April 4, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; dessert; ice cream; berkeley; tennyson street; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
High Point Creamery is ready to open on Tennyson Street, April 4, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The latest opening in a run of turnover on Tennyson Street brings ice cream to the former Pearl Street Fitness at 41st Street.

There, High Point Creamery owners Erika Thomas and Chad Stutz are celebrating the opening of their third location in four years.


Famous Original J’s — the pizza spinoff of Rosenberg’s Bagels — is finally here

They’ll sling New York-style pizza from the patio at the 715 Club.

Rosenberg's Bagels owner Josh Pollack, April 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) rosenbergs bagels; pizza; food; five points; kevinjbeaty; denverite; denver; colorado;
Rosenberg’s Bagels owner Josh Pollack, April 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Hey, remember this time last year? When we told you the Rosenberg’s Bagels people were making pizza?

Maybe you don’t  — the shop was doling out sample slices on 4/20, after all — but stick with me here. It’s been a year since Rosenberg’s owner and dough scientist Joshua Pollack announced his intention to open a pizza joint attached the 715 Club, and it’s finally here.