Before flying to Denver, I wanted to know how to get to a Starbucks from my hotel. Using the Starbucks app on my phone and Google Street View, I could visualize the walk from the Comfort Inn Downtown Denver to either of two nearby Starbucks locations.
One of the coffee shops was on a pedestrian mall with other storefronts that looked good to me. I scrolled down the image of the 16th Street Mall, pausing to look at Johnny Rockets and the Hard Rock Cafe.
The immediate past-president of the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association and I arrived in Denver on Wednesday morning. After checking in to the hotel, I suggested we head to the pedestrian mall for lunch. Instead of the chain restaurants whose signs I recognized online, we kept walking and found a locally owned business that had some exotic menu choices.
At the Paramount Cafe, both of us ordered elk burgers with onions, bacon and cheese on a challah bun. They also offered bison, lamb, turkey and beef. The burger really hit the spot. We returned to the restaurant on Saturday with some friends from the Nashville chapter of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association. That time I ordered the bison.
The 16th Street Mall was crowded on Saturday. We saw lots of runners with medals around their necks as they returned from the Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon . There were some upright pianos with amusing paint jobs and several street performers looking for tips. I wondered what type of person would give money to a human statue or a character named Robo Mike. It was the guys with six empty beer bottles in front of them.