July was a hot month — both for the weather and for Denver restaurateurs, who added to their portfolios with a whole batch of new eateries. Frank Bonanno debuted French 75 downtown; Lon Symensma brought Kaya Kitchen to Avanti Food & Beverage; Park Burger's Jean-Philippe Failyau launched Birdcall in Five Points; and the Kitchen restaurant group unveiled a new concept — Hedge Row — in Cherry Creek. But some first-timers added unique offerings, too, with Pizzeria Lui, the Boulangerie and Boxed Taco all giving it a go.
National chains continue to find Denver an attractive market despite homegrown competition: Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, Bartaco, Billy Sims BBQ, Bambu Desserts & Drinks and Your Pie all found their way to Colorado last month.
There was a shakeup in classic Denver spots, too, with Beau Jo's pulling the plug on its only pizzeria within Denver city limits (the company's lease wasn't renewed, and the building is slated for demolition) and Colfax Avenue's Bourbon Grill closing — at least temporarily. (The walk-up chicken joint is moving just up the street and should reopen in a larger space — complete with indoor seating! — at 571 East Colfax Avenue by mid-August.) And Las Delicias finally reopened its original cantina at 439 East 19th Avenue after eighteen months of extensive renovations, including the addition of new rooftop bar.
Keep reading for a complete list of restaurant/bar openings and closings for July 2017.
Singaporean kaya toast with coconut jam and poached eggs — Kaya's signature dish.
Restaurants/Bars Opening in July:*
Bad Axe Throwing, 845 East 73rd Avenue
Barista Coffeehouse, 8966 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton
Bartaco, 1048 Pearl Street, Boulder
Birdcall, 800 East 26th Avenue
Bambu Desserts & Drinks, 2058 South University Boulevard
Billy Sims BBQ, 2001 Sheridan Boulevard, Edgewater
Boxed Taco, 650 South Lipan Street
The Boulangerie, 1595 South Pearl Street
Crepes n Crepes, 3000 Zuni Street
Downtown Art Gallery and Axe Room, 2000 Lawrence Street
Element Kitchen & Cocktail, 1134 Broadway
French 75, 717 17th Street
Gerard's Pool Hall, 1306 26th Street
Greenlight Lab, 1336 27th Street
Hedge Row, 100 Steele Street
Hickory & Ash, 8001 Arista Place, Broomfield
Insomnia Cookies, 2075 University Boulevard
Kaya Kitchen (inside Avanti Food & Beverage), 3200 Pecos Street
Kung Fu Tea, 6365 East Hampden Avenue
Menya Ramen & Poke, 1590 Little Raven Street
Pizza Republica, 686 South Colorado Boulevard, Glendale
Pizzeria Lui, 5380 West Mississippi Avenue, Lakewood
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, 1108 Corporal Max Donahue Lane, Highlands Ranch
Rolling Smoke Bar-B-Que (inside Stanley Marketplace), 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
Your Pie, 14342 Lincoln Street, Thornton
Las Delicias is back in business at its original spot.
Restaurants/Bars Temporarily Closing in July:*
Bourbon Grill (moving to 571 East Colfax), 1618 East Colfax Avenue
The Bronze Empire (remodel, reopening August 7), 1591 South Colorado Boulevard
Mike's Bar & Grill (remodel), 2301 South Broadway
The Thunderbird's retro style didn't leave a lasting impression on the neighborhood.
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Restaurants/Bars Closing in July:*
Beau Jo's Pizza, 2710 South Colorado Boulevard
Chow Urban Grill, 3570 East Colfax Avenue
Desmond Bar & Grill, 2230 Oneida Street
DJ's Colfax Cafe, 1490 Eudora Street
Gumbo’s Louisiana Style Cafe, 1033 East 17th Avenue
Kin Restaurant, 7950 East Mississippi Avenue
Paddy the Yank, 3963 Tennyson Street
Santa Fe Cookie Co., 303 16th Street
Stapleton Tap House, 8286 Northfield Boulevard
Thunderbird Imperial Lounge, 3759 Lipan Street
Wild Eggs, 300 East Alameda Avenue
Wok Hei, 2720 South Colorado Boulevard
Zephyr Brewing, 1421 26th Street
*Or earlier, and not reported in a previous Roll Call.