Denver restaurateurs are stocking the bubbly for the bonanza that the 2008 Democratic National Convention is expected toHere's that number we keep hearing:
provide. . . .
LoDo's Tamayo, with its terrace view of the Pepsi Center, where the Democrats are holding the convention, was booked solid months ago when a single Denver law firm bought out the restaurant from the Saturday the delegates arrive to the following Saturday. The convention runs Aug. 25-28. . . .
The firm expects to spend $10,000 to $20,000 per day.
The much-celebrated Restaurant Kevin Taylor [home of the Restaurant Kevin Taylor dancers] already has booked one complete sellout and five smaller parties during the convention.
City officials project the convention will provide a $160 million direct economic bounce. Figuring out how to make the most of that money is occupying a lot of back-kitchen office time these days. . . .Not counting the Drunkablog barbecue.
There are also the 1,500 private parties and events expected to occur convention week.
Owners are saying they expect to make anywhere from 20 percent to 50 percent more in the month of August. Such claims are always followed with: "That's a conservative estimate."Giggle. Swoon.
At the intimate Fruition Restaurant [yuck], on East Sixth Avenue, maitre d' Paul Attardi says he expects to reserve dinners only[.] But recent conversations with state Democratic Party officials have led him to believe he might see two "very important senators, if you know what I mean."
Would that be Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama?
"I don't want to name names," Attardi said.
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