Henry's Tavern got a jump on its September 22 grand opening when the restaurant on the ground floor of the Denver Pavilions, facing the 16th Street Mall, had a soft opening on Wednesday. The Henry's chain was founded in Portland, Oregon, in the original powerhouse of the defunct Blitz-Weinhard Brewery and is named after brewer Henry Weinhard. This is the fifth Henry's nationwide; it has other spots in the Portland airport and in Seattle, Washington, and Plano, Texas. The new eatery boasts a lengthy beer list (somewhere around 100 brews) and a menu featuring pub classics. Fans of the nearby Yard House and World of Beer will immediately feel comfortable at Henry's.
Maybe Toby Keith should have considered a downtown location for his Toby Keith-themed establishment, I Love This Bar & Grill, which didn't fare so well in Northfield. This week a call to the restaurant yielded nothing but two kinds of hold music: Country and Western. Sounds like it's boot-scooted off into the sunset.
For her review this week, Gretchen Kurtz traveled to the opposite corner of the metro area and dug into some comfortable, country fare at the Farm House at Breckenridge Brewing, which has been so busy since opening that reservations are often booked two weeks out.
Inside Henry's Tavern.
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RESTAURANTS/BARS OPENING THIS WEEK*
Coda Coffee, 5224 West 25th Avenue
Henry's Tavern, 500 16th Street
Inside Scoop Creamery, 1535 Platte Street
K Pub Korean, 12101 East Iliff Avenue
Red Octave Kitchen & Bar, 4900 East Colfax Avenue
RESTAURANTS/BARS CLOSING THIS WEEK
Cafe Options, 1650 Curtis Street
I Love This Bar & Grill, 8260 Northfield Boulevard
Las Delicias, 439 East 19th Avenue (for a remodeling job, according to the website)
*Or earlier, and not reported in a previous Second Helping.