The Denver Post reports that local restaurants already are experiencing big reservations for next August’s Democratic convention.

Among the favored: LoDo’s new Osteria Marco (a new restaurant by the owners of Mizuna and Luca D’Italia); Tamayo; Restaurant Kevin Taylor; Prima; Rioja and Bistro Vendome.

Even the tiny Fruition Restaurant on 6th Avenue (described by the Post as “intimate” instead of “tiny”) has had feelers from “two very important senators.”

How much action is expected?

The Denver Host Committee will throw 39 parties for delegates and delegations during opening weekend of the convention….There are also the 1,500 private parties and events expected to occur convention week.

The city paints quite a rosy picture:

City officials project the convention will provide a $160 million direct economic bounce.

But, there’s also a downside — at least for the rest of us.

With demand so great for brunch, lunch, and pre- and post-convention parties, many restaurants may be too busy for the traditional walk-up.