Table Talk for August 16

August 2005
Suddenly shuttered...Three-year-old Adega Restaurant and Wine Bar (1700 Wynkoop St.) quietly closed its doors on Saturday night. Perhaps the writing was on the wall few months ago when chef Bryan Moscatello changed the regular menu over to small plates—downsizing the dishes but keeping the prices high. We will dearly miss the beautifully salted butter and the decadent "three renditions of gorgonzola dolce" dessert. On its way... Duo Restaurant, a New American restaurant going into 2413 W. 32nd Ave., is scheduled to open Oct. 3. The restaurant is another example of the Potter Highland renaissance—and especially the corner of Zuni Street and 32nd Avenue. The first mark of change came when Gallop Cafe (2401 W. 32nd Ave., 303-455-5650) fired up its espresso machines eight months ago, shortly followed by the boutique Swank and home store Martinis & Lemonade. Duo's owners Keith Arnold and Stephanie Bonin live eight blocks from the soon-to-be restaurant and are thrilled to be part of the neighborhood's revitalization. The couple has already secured Duo's liquor license. Diners can expect inspired seasonal cuisine cooked by the talented chef John Broening, previously of Brasserie Rouge. 2413 W. 32nd Ave., www.duodenver.com. A great honor...Even if it means eating elsewhere for a week, fans of The Kitchen should rejoice that the Boulder restaurant was invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York City. The dining spot is closed through Monday, Aug. 22. In addition to wracking up accolades in the Big Apple, the staff is taking the time to improve the space by installing a staircase and an elevator. In October The Kitchen will launch a second-floor wine bar and lounge. 1039 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-544-5973. Not just pizza...Serioz, a pizzeria in Lowry Town Center, offers more than cheesy slices and cool suds. Serioz scores highly for having some of the more interesting toppings in town—rabbit sausage and trout top the list as most unusual. And the cocktail list reads more like a nightclub than a pizza joint: strawberry-lime mojitos, signature margaritas, and super-sweet sounding Pop-Rocks martinis. 200 Quebec St., 303-366-5777.