By Gene Davis, DENVER DAILY NEWS
With the countless colorful characters that have made their mark on Colfax Avenue over the years, an invitation to taste the storied street might not sound appetizing at first glance.
However, a group of restaurants on the legendary avenue have teamed together to do just that for Tasty Colfax — Eats on The Beat! But instead of having to taste the concrete, attendees get the opportunity to try tasty selections from 15 participating restaurants.
“We’re excited this is finally happening,” said Steve Ballas, owner of Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs. “I think we’ve got this little Bluebird district here that’s such a cool little jewel on Colfax.”
Tasty Colfax is the brainchild of Don Novak, marketing coordinator for MyColfax.org. Novak told the Denver Daily News that everybody in the Bluebird district — the stretch on Colfax between York and Colorado — is eager to work together.
The event aims to raise money for an improvement district that would benefit the area, according to Novak.
“We really hope to reintroduce and refresh people’s thoughts around here that, yes, we’ve got a bunch of restaurants around here and everything is good,” he said. “We want everybody to come back over here and taste it or try new places.”
Because this is the inaugural year of Tasty Colfax, the participating restaurants aren’t sure what to expect, said Ballas.
However, because of the insanely low price for the event — $20 per ticket — the event shouldn’t have trouble attracting attendees.
“We’re excited about it,” said Ballas. “I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The participating restaurants are:
• Encore Restaurant
• Senger’s on the Fax
• Tattered Cover Coffee and Tea
• Rock Bar
• Atomic Cowboy
• Fat Sullys
• Hooked on Colfax
• Goosetown Tavern
• The Shoppe
• Lovely Confections
• Stella’s on Colfax
• Tommy’s Thai
• Pie Piper
Where: Colfax Avenue between York Street and Colorado Boulevard
When: Today (July 28), 5:30-9 p.m.
Distributed by Colorado Capitol Reporters