There have been many evenings when I would have liked to drop into D Bar Desserts for a post-theater glass of wine and a light snack. But until recently, the modern Uptown cafe, co-owned by Food Network chef Keegan Gerhard, had no liquor license. Last week, though, Gerhard’s wife and business partner, Lisa Bailey, confirmed that after four long months of waiting, the restaurant can finally serve alcohol. “It’s already making a huge difference [in our numbers],” says Bailey.

If you go, consider ordering a glass of robust Australian Yalumba Grenache to accompany the favorite cake and shake combo. The wine’s dark aroma and deep, fruity flavors accent the chocolate cake, its bitter chocolate frosting, and the accompanying sweet milk shake. 1475 E. 17th Ave., 303-861-4710