Homegrown Tap and Dough

It's been a long time since I'd tried a restaurant in this location — Arvada locals will know that, in the last five years, several businesses have moved in and out of those doors — and boy, I'm sure glad I gave this one a shot.

Anyone who reads my posts on this blog will probably know I am a sucker for local pride, and Homegrown provides this in spades. The restaurant's decor is an homage to Colorado life, and makes obvious the passion that the two owners have for this amazing state.

And the food! I'd call it Italian/American fusion (and of course, as a representative of my generation, I LOVE fusion foods) that celebrates local life — from sourcing their food locally, to designing the menu items to reflect Colorado tastes, the attention to detail is great. We tried a couple of the pizzas while we were there — the Ralston, which is a white sauce pizza, and was awesome, and the Front Range, because my partner has a thing for BBQ Chicken pizzas. And beers, in true Colorado tradition, are local as well — Tommy Knocker, Prost, Elevation, Left Hand, lots of local brewers,

It's really exciting to see someone thriving here. I've been missing the old Archive Room, but Homegrown has given me a new place that I love in Olde Town!

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‘A Chorus Line’ Coming to Arvada Center September 12

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is bringing the hit Broadway musical A Chorus Line to its Main Stage Theater.  Previews begin September 8th, and the formal run begins on September 12th.  Catch it Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM, Wednesday at 1 PM, or weekends at 2 PM.  Tickets for previews will cost you $36, and performances are $53.

A Chorus Line opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theater in 1975, and ran for over 6,000 performances.  It centers on a group of actors and actresses auditions to be chorus members in a Broadway show, and spilling out their own personal turmoil in the process.  It won 9 Tony Awards in 1976, and an additional Tony in 1984 for longest-running Broadway musical.

The Arvada Center does a fantastic job with so many of its productions, and no doubt A Chorus Line will be similarly well done.  Make sure to check it out!

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Well, Walmart’s Open… What’s Coming Across Ralston?

So, the Walmart opened.  Despite knowing it was coming, I’m still disappointed to see it sitting on Ralston, blighting the neighborhood with its cheap, tasteless, concrete presence.  The Subway has moved (yet again) and is now located inside the Walmart, which means no more sandwiches for me when I’m driving through.  Thank goodness Santiago’s wasn’t pushed out when Walmart decided to scrape the entire lot, I don’t know if I could live without my breakfast burritos.

Work continues on Ralston Road, however, and the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority plans to have the ‘Shops at Ralston Creek’ open and all work completed by 2019.  Located on the Northeast Corner of Ralston and Independence, AURA claims that businesses which open their doors will have a customer base of 100,000 people in a 3 mile radius, and exposure to 53,000 cars per day at the intersection.

As for what’s opening, hopefully we’ll have more info soon.  However, AURA is now leasing out space, so if you have a business you’d like to open a space for close to Olde Town, check out their brochure here.

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Harkins Revamping Local Arvada Cinema

Earlier this year, when the Arvada Landmark Theater shut its doors forever, it looked like residents would have to drive down to Lakewood, or up into Westminster, just to see a movie.  So it was a pleasant surprise when Harkins revealed that they had purchased the theater, and were going to be doing some renovations to bring it up to par with other cinemas in the area.

Now, banners are hung across the front of the building, letting us know to expect the grand opening this Fall.  According the the signage, the theater will now include a full bar inside, as well as “gourmet food.”  The Denver Post reports that Harkins has invested $10 million in order to provide Arvada with a state-of-the-art movie-going experience, complete with leather reclining seats.

Fall is only a short way away (less than a month!) so we should be hearing more about the grand opening soon.  Check back right here, and we’ll let you know when to expect it!

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Hard Work Calls For Good Food

After distributing over 600 Over The Rainbow Report Newsletters to homes in Arvada this morning with my fellow Ruby Group members, we decided to have lunch at EL TEQUILEÑO. And I must say, it was a wonderful experience with delicious food.

Francisco, our waiter, greeted us immediately and offered us margaritas, which is right up my alley! He was extremely friendly but not overbearing, just as a waiter should be. Our food was delivered quickly and piping hot. My enchiladas were delicious with plenty leftover for my lunch tomorrow. The salad, burrito and chile relleno were all well loved by my group-mates as well. All in all, it was a most pleasant experience. I have a feeling we will be going back next month after delivering another addition of our Arvada Area Activities report!



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What’s Going On In Arvada?

One of the things that I love the most about Arvada is the constant flurry of activities. Whether you want to eat delicious BBQ or watch a wonderful play, you are no more than a few minutes away.

I remember growing up in Arvada and thinking “what a boring place to be,” “there is never anything to do around here,” “I cannot wait until I graduate so I can move somewhere else.” Luckily I grew out of that stage and stayed an Arvadan.

It is wonderful to see the changes and growth that the city has had over the last 30 years. Olde Town Arvada is now a highly sought after location, instead of a ghost town. I am looking forward to raising my kids here, and knowing that they will never have a shortage of things to do (although I am sure they will feel that way, as all kids do!).

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Active Listings In Arvada Under $225,000

We’ve all heard that prices are rising. But just how many homes are available, in Arvada and under $225,000? Click here to see real time data. July of 2017 there were only 2 active listings available. And since May of 2014, there have never been more than 28 homes active, most months averaging less than 10.


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