Palettes. The museum isn't the only thing 'round here with a new look ― its renowned restaurant, with chef Kevin Taylor at the helm, has one too. $$$; opens Oct 7; 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.; 303/354-1455.
Gateaux. Pop into this patisserie for pretty petits fours and double-fudge brownies. Closed Sun-Mon; 1160 N. Speer Blvd.; 303/376-0070.
Nine75. This trendy restaurant-lounge is best for après-art happy hour. $$$; 975 Lincoln St.; 303/975-0975.
Hotel Teatro. Long-awaiting locals as well as art lovers from all over are descending upon Denver for DAM's debut. The nearby Hotel Teatro (888/727-1200) is offering a package deal for the occasion, which includes luxe lodging, transportation to and from the museum, and admission tickets for two. From $230.