Local Lists: Andrew Novick
You may know Andrew Novick from the Warlock Pinchers. Or his collections. Or his PeepsBQs. Or his X-treme Pancake Breakfasts during the Denver County Fair. Or one of his other themed eating events. Or his Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast pop-up shop. Or his GetYourGoing Powerpoints. Or his dog, Tiny Coconut. Or his hair.
But chances are, you know Andrew Novick. Andrew is a super nice, soft-spoken, coffee enthusiast, known for making Denver a cooler place to live. Read what he likes best about this town and peep his plugs to get in on some of the upcoming fun.
Name: Andrew Novick
Occupation: Electrical engineer, performer, event promoter, collector, artist, wacky chef…???
A little about yourself: I do a little bit of everything – I’m not sure if that makes me ‘versatile’ or ‘ADHD’
Favorite restaurant in Denver: Still Snooze
Favorite watering hole in Denver: Since I don’t drink, by ‘watering hole’ I assume you mean ‘coffee shop’? In that case I would say Crema…but I wish they were open later and had larger lattes!
Favorite overall place(s) in Denver: Casa Bonita, Breakfast King, Lakeside, Thornton
Best events in Denver: Denver County Fair, Zombie Crawl and Theresa Mercado’s Cruel [season] Horror Film Series at Crash 45.
Favorite season in Denver and why: Spring – because it usually continues from February until July!
Best new trend in Denver: Donuts!
Worst new trend in Denver: Not too new, but lasting too long: truffle-everything – it’s worse than the garlic-everything trend of 1996-2002
Fondest Denver memories: Shows at Rainbow Music Hall and Monkey Mania, late-night hangouts at Mister Donut on Colorado Boulevard, Fireside Lounge (in the Peppermill), OK Soda test market campaign
What’s missing in Denver? More choices for late-night food and coffee shops!
A friend has three hours to kill in D-Town, what should they do? Drive the historic 30-mile I-70 “business loop” down Colfax from Aurora to Golden – making sure to check out all of the unique motels, and awesome businesses like Queen of Sheeba (Ethiopian restaurant), Hot Chik-A-Latte (“sexy” coffee), The Shoppe (cupcakes, mini-pies and cereal!), SIE FilmCenter, the State Capitol, Casa Bonita, Davey’s Chuckwagon Diner, and so many more!
Go to drink in a bar: Cranberry juice with a lime wedge (that is, if they don’t have coffee)
Go to karaoke song: Toxic – Britney Spears
Favorite US city that is not Denver: Austin – amazing people, landscape, food, film, and music!
New, proposed slogan for Denver: “Denver: It’s not just for breakfast anymore”
The now-closed restaurant/bar/business in Denver that you miss the most: Denver Drumstick, Red Barn, Celebrity Sports Center,The Organ Grinder, Crystals Pizza, Cinderella City, M&D’s BBQ, Daddy Bruce’s BBQ
Anything you want to plug? The I Heart Denver Store – a great showcase of Denver artists and designers; Late Night Denver – a web TV show with a great take on what’s going on in Denver; Screw Tooth’s Ice Cream Bloodbath (this Saturday September 21st, 8pm at Buntport Theater) – I’m doing one of my GetYourGoing PowerPoint presentations, and there will be other extremely cool and amazing performances – as well as an ice cream buffet with LOTS of toppings…oh, and it’s also a dance party! I’m also working (with a lot of help) on a one-night Japanese-horror-themed restaurant on October 19th. Details at www.gimmegimmepillowtoast.com