CoraFaye's Cafe Reopens on East Colfax Avenue With Grand Opening Celebration Tonight

The first of what will be many lunches to come at the new CoraFaye's: whole catfish, fried okra, black-eyed peas and hushpuppies.EXPAND
The first of what will be many lunches to come at the new CoraFaye's: whole catfish, fried okra, black-eyed peas and hushpuppies.
Mark Antonation

When news hit that Colorado Boulevard's soul-food haven, CoraFaye's Cafe, would be losing its lease this summer, many were worried that Denver would lose a culinary treasure. But owner Priscilla Smith put our minds at ease by finding a new address for her nationally known eatery. She reopened CoraFaye's this week at 16251 East Colfax Avenue in Aurora, barely missing a dinner service despite the difficulties that moving a restaurant entails.

The new restaurant, located on the second floor of the International Plaza shopping center, holds the same homey charm as the original, with colorful tablecloths, antique furniture and a scattering of vintage tchotchkes decorating the spacious dining room. A smaller private room, similarly decorated, is available for private parties, and balconies look out onto the tree-lined streets of this nearly rural section of Aurora.

Tonight Smith is hosting a grand-opening celebration from 6 to 9 p.m., with opening ceremonies from 6 to 6:45, followed by live jazz from Vince Wiggins & Company from 7 to 9. 

After tonight, CoraFaye's will be open for lunch and dinner every day but Monday, with shortened hours from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Check the daily specials board for belly-warming dishes like neckbones over rice, liver and onions, and beef oxtails.

CoraFaye's new dining room.EXPAND
CoraFaye's new dining room.
Mark Antonation
The entrance to the dining room, with a vintage stove and other kitchen antiques.EXPAND
The entrance to the dining room, with a vintage stove and other kitchen antiques.
Mark Antonation
A corner booth feels like Grandma's house.EXPAND
A corner booth feels like Grandma's house.
Mark Antonation
A hearth adds to the homey feel of the dining room.EXPAND
A hearth adds to the homey feel of the dining room.
Mark Antonation
There's a small stage for live jazz.EXPAND
There's a small stage for live jazz.
Mark Antonation
A private dining room can be reserved for big groups and special events.EXPAND
A private dining room can be reserved for big groups and special events.
Mark Antonation
CoraFaye's is on the second floor, so enter from the parking lot and take the stairs or the elevator.EXPAND
CoraFaye's is on the second floor, so enter from the parking lot and take the stairs or the elevator.
Mark Manger
CoraFaye's new East Colfax digs can be spotted by looking for the bronze-colored arch.EXPAND
CoraFaye's new East Colfax digs can be spotted by looking for the bronze-colored arch.
Mark Antonation
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303-333-5551

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