DENVER — From behind the scenes at Boulder's Frasca, which was recently honored with the James Beard Award for Outstanding Service among all American restaurants, to a slideshow tour of Joe Montana's California castle, DBJ has business news for most industries and interests. 

See this week's top stories below.

Hospitality and tourism

1) A peek behind the scenes at the Boulder restaurant with the best service in America (DBJ subscriber content)

Frasca in Boulder
Denver Business Journal

To understand how a Boulder restaurant can vault above the denizen eateries of New York or Chicago or San Francisco, one must not only understand how the restaurant leaders imagine and then implement their hospitality goals but must go behind the scenes to see the preparation that goes into the service every night. On June 19, Denver Business Journal got to do just that.

2) Colorado hotels and safari outfitters earn Travel + Leisure awards

Colorado is home to four of the 10 best resort hotels in the American West — and three of the 10 best safari outfitters in the world, according to the annual World’s Best Awards from Travel + Leisure magazine.

3) Here's where DIA ranks for cheapest domestic flights

A recent study ranked 45 U.S. airports based on the average price of airfare for a domestic flight. The most expensive average was $427.37 at Washington Dulles International Airport while the cheapest average was $240.35 at a popular western destination. 

4) United Airlines is expanding economy cabin snack selection

United Airlines has taken another small step toward providing a more diverse array of snack options in the carrier’s domestic economy cabin. Starting this month, United is making available an expanded range of complimentary inflight snacks on all flights regardless of time of day. 

Media and marketing 

5) Former Denver Business Journal Editor Neil Westergaard dies at 67

Neil Westergaard
Denver Business Journal

Neil Westergaard spent more than 30 years reporting and guiding the news of the Denver area. He served for 18 of those years as the editor of Denver Business Journal as the paper transitioned from a print-focused to digitally focused product and was named the best large weekly newspaper in Colorado for six straight years. The journalism icon died late Sunday. He was 67, having retired just one year ago.


6) First look: Dish expands LoDo office as it brings on more high-tech workers (DBJ subscriber story, photos outside paywall) 

Dish LoDo Office
Denver Business Journal

Dish moved downtown to attract a talent pool of tech workers that wanted to be in the Union Station area rather than its Meridian Boulevard headquarters in Englewood. Now, Dish Network and Sling TV are expanding their Lower Downtown offices, renovating space to fit about 50 more people. 

7) Amazon to spend $700M retraining a third of its U.S. workforce 

The e-commerce giant announced plans Thursday for a voluntary program aimed at retraining 100,000 workers — a third of its current workforce — by 2025 through the expansion of its existing programs and the creation of new ones focused on moving employees to more advanced jobs within the company — or to find new careers outside of Amazon. 

Luxury real estate

8) See inside this Colorado chateau that hit the market for $8.5M  

7007 Daniels Park Road mansion
Courtesy Compass

Just a 30-minute drive from central Denver is a European-style chateau that hit the market Tuesday with an asking price of $8.5 million. The six-bedroom, six-bathroom home on the border of Castle Pines and Sedalia sits on a 53-acre lot at 7007 Daniels Park Road. 

9) Joe Montana's private Sonoma County castle listed for $28.9M

Forty Niners legend Joe Montana and wife Jennifer are selling the huge family home they built in Wine Country more than 15 years ago. The sprawling, 500-acre estate includes an Italianate villa, guesthouse/art studio, caretakers’ cottage, professional equestrian arena and stables for 30 horses with offices and staff residences. 

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