Get to Know Little Man Ice Cream Owner Paul Tamburello

Paul Tamburello
Photo courtesy of Little Man Ice Cream.

Paul Tamburello, owner and creative mind behind Little Man Ice Cream and Generator Real Estate, lives by the mantra, “Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved.” A former youth minister, his passion for ice cream borders on religious, and his whimsical approach to life extends beyond tasty treats, guiding us through summer adventures. A LoHi resident since 1962 and the neighborhood’s unofficial Willy Wonka, Tamburello knows all the best spots for fun. Let his zest for life and top picks around town inspire your seasonal escapades, one scoop of joy at a time.

Dining & Drinks

Favorite coffee shop: Middle State Coffee
Love this wine bar: Sienna Wine Bar & Small Plates
Great happy hour: Tiki Tuesdays at Adrift Tiki Bar
Great for drinks with colleagues: The Cooper Lounge
Great spot to catch a game: Number 38
Best place for a dinner date: Potager
Quick lunch: Brider
Great spot for dinner with friends: Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
Go-to for weekday breakfast: The Universal
Top weekend brunch spot: Sunny’s
A great work-from-here spot: Woodbury Branch Library
Favorite hotel bar: Peak Lounge, Hyatt Regency
Favorite sushi: Sushi Sasa
Favorite steakhouse: Mickey’s Top Sirloin
Favorite deli/sandwiches: New York Deli News
Favorite yogurt or ice cream: High Point Creamery’s Earl Grey & Shortbread
Favorite desserts: Anything that chef Jennifer Jasinski makes
Favorite cocktail lounge: The Tatarian
Favorite margarita place: Casa Bonita
Favorite place you’ve been for dinner in the last year: Aloy Thai
Favorite brewery or distillery: WeldWerks Brewing Co. and Leopold Bros
Favorite late-night dinner: My Brother’s Bar
Favorite outdoor/roofdeck: Linger
An underrated/under-the-radar hidden gem: Bastien’s Restaurant
A restaurant you’ve been dying to try: Frasca Food and Wine

Around Town

Favorite hike: White Ranch Park
Favorite book store: West Side Books
Favorite in-city escape: Vitality Spa
Favorite place to go for inspiration: Dazzle
Favorite concert venue: The Gothic
Favorite local artist: William Matthews
Favorite philanthropy/nonprofit: Bob Bell’s Food for Thought
Favorite annual event: The Paper Fashion Show
Favorite annual festival: FoCoMX
Favorite local band/musician: Nathaniel Rateliff
Favorite massage place: Symmetry 360
Favorite spa: Lake Steam Bath
Favorite weekend getaway: Walsenburg, CO
Best swim: “Redneck Water Slide,” Pine
Favorite jewelry/watch store: Sacred Thistle
Favorite shoe store: Danner
Favorite pet store: Lily’s Baths & Biscuits
Favorite boutique: M.W. Reynolds
Favorite place to shop for furniture/home goods: HW Home
Favorite artisan market: Brass Armadillo
Favorite farmer’s market: South Pearl Street
Upcoming Denver shows you are most excited about: Norah Jones, Santana, Brandi Carlile, Diana Ross, Lyle Lovett, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats… So many good shows!
What is your mantra: Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved.
Three words to describe Denver: Aspirational, Recreational, Transformational

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