Hunger Games For Denver


Posted Mon, Mar 10, 2014

Dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House, 707 15th St. [Photo by Taylor Johnson]

Dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 707 15th St. [Photo by Taylor Johnson]

DENVER — This past week was the annual celebration of the 2014 Hunger Games – where restaurants from each district fought for customers. From Feb. 22, through the 28, more than 100 restaurants participated in Restaurant Week.

Renowned restaurants such as 100% de Agave, 975 Lincoln St., (4 stars), 1515 Restaurant1515 Market St., (4.5 stars), and Appaloosa Grill, 535 16th St., to recently opened Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 707 15th St. (4 stars) all partook in the $30 deal for gourmet dinners. The special week opened doors for many people who normally would not treat to themselves so well.

“It was nice to finally live the high life for a night and eat food I wouldn’t normally get to enjoy,” said Metro State college student Mikayla Bragalone. “School, gas and food really add up, so eating out is last on my priorities.”
Bragalone enjoyed a cucumber martini to compliment her rib eye at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

The restaurant was candle lit with large wine classes and polite waiters. Not only did downtown celebrate Restaurant Week, but also the outskirts.
Boulder, Cherry Creek, Littleton, Broomfield, Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, and many more consumer markets sacrificed their revenue for the 10th annual restaurant week. Although the concept of $52.80 stayed the same, the prices and menus evolved.

Before this year, the week was always referred to as $52.80. This stood for the price for a couple at dinner in the mile high city, which is also 5280 feet in elevation. This year, the price jumped to $60 a couple ($30 individually). Also this year, the menus were specific on what could be ordered through the “5280” deal. The prices may have jumped, but they still killed any regular night dining in Denver. This is a deal to save and a night to go on that special date, or treat yourself.

If you missed Restaurant Week this February, have no fear, it will be back in August from the 23rd through the 29th.

About Taylor Johnson

Taylor Johnson is a student reporter for MSU Denver and the Post-Telegraph. She transferred from Colorado Mesa University where she wrote for Criterion as a sports writer. She is majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Sports Media. Johnson hopes to work in the Major League Baseball league as a Communication Assistant.

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2 Responses to “Hunger Games For Denver”

  1. Dylan Palm-Trujillo Says:

    Did you eat at any of these places?


  2. Travis Foster Says:

    Good story! Way to be creative and think outside the box, rather than just write a story about the school. I like how you mentioned the students at Auraria Campus since they can relate to this. Not every student has the money to pay for fancy dinner’s etc so restaurant week gave them the opportunity to eat for a cheaper price.


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