DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, several Larimer Square chefs and the folks at Barefoot Wines recently joined VISIT Denver to kick off the city’s first spring dining week.

“This is an opportunity for us as Denverites to support our restaurants, support the workers and enjoy good food. With our advances in vaccinations and safety measures, there has never been a better reason to enjoy our local favorites, ”Hancock said at the press conference.

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VISIT Denver hosted the kick-off in the middle of Larimer Street, which closed in June 2020. The blocked road gives all the restaurants in Larimer Square more space to create terraces.

“This year we’re treating Denver Restaurant Week like the start of our patio season,” said chef Ariana Didziulis from Bistro Vendome.

After a year of a global pandemic that has hit the restaurant industry hard, Troy Guard sees a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

“I think people kind of itch to get out of there,” said Guard, chef and owner of TAG restaurant in Larimer Square.

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Business is down 50%, but the steps the city took to shut down Larimer and allow street seating changed the game.

“We’re really excited about how they closed it and how they set it up with different seating areas, bars, even music and fireplaces,” said Guard.

The outdoor seating nearly doubles the number of people he can serve at TAG. The guard realizes that many are still worried about eating out, but pickup and delivery options may appeal to them. And its special restaurant week menu is well worth a visit.

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“We always like to do something that is different and not on the menu,” Guard told CBS4.

Its $ 45 menu includes a choice of several options:

Welcome amuse:
– Hamachi Sashimi, Yuzu Soy, Serrano Pepper

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– Fried and seared pork belly, spring pea puree, shaved daikon salad
– Aburi-style wild salmon, pickled rhubarb-ginger relish, rocket
– Roasted baby carrot salad, smoked burrata, black garlic, crispy noodles

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–Colorado NY striploin, roasted sunchokes, morel cream, pueblo asparagus
–Carmeled Atlantic scallops, prawns, corn soup, Swiss chard
–Handmade spinach pappardelle, mixed mushrooms, roasted pine nuts, parmesan

–Kaffir-lime-crème-brûlée, coconut brittle, kumquat jam
–Strawberry buttermilk shortcake, California strawberries, vanilla cream, burnt orange syrup

LINK: Denver Restaurant Week Menus

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Denver Restaurant Week runs from April 23rd to May 2nd. There are nearly 200 restaurants in the metropolitan area participating, which means they offer multi-course meals at one of three prices: $ 25, $ 35, and $ 45.