Industry experts are beginning to buzz about the restaurant bubble that they're predicting could soon burst. But here in Denver, the scene keeps on expanding, with very few closings to let the wind out. How much of it is just hot air? That's hard to know, but new, original and fun concepts keep cropping up, along with still more trendy spots (just how much poke can we eat?).
For example, the ambitious menu and all-day market offerings at the Bindery could be difficult for a kitchen to nail from the get-go, so it may be some time before the Bindery's LoHi neighborhood can give a confident thumbs-up or thumbs-down. And downtown, can a Quicky-Mart-style shop make it work with locally made products and fresh grab-and-go grub? That's the hope at Choice Market. Also a big risk — as much for the location as for the setup — is Solutions Lounge and Restaurant, an escape-room entertainment complex that also serves food and beverages (a first for Denver) on a stretch of no-man's-land between RiNo and Five Points where big housing developments are in the works.
Here's our complete list of bar and restaurant openings and closings for October 2017:
Restaurants and Bars That Opened in October*
Bar Helix, 3440 Larimer Street
The Bindery, 1817 Central Street
California Wrap Runner, 12348 East Montview Boulevard, Aurora
Campus Lounge, 701 South University Boulevard
Choice Market, 1770 Broadway
Copper Door Coffee, 900 West First Street
Fatoush, 2276 South Colorado Boulevard
Joe Maxx Coffee Co., 869 Santa Fe Drive
Longmont Public House, 1111 Francis Street, Longmont
Los Mangos, 920 South Federal Boulevard
McDevitt Taco Supply, 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder
Next Door American Eatery Longmont, 1232 South Hover Street, Longmont
Ohana Grille, 2045 Sheridan Boulevard, Edgewater
Pastries N Chaat, 7824 Park Meadows Drive, Lonetree
Peteybird, 3040 Blake Street
Pho Haus, 540 East Alameda Avenue
Quickfish Poke Bar (at Avanti Food & Beverage), 3200 Pecos Street
Rivers and Roads Coffee, 2549 Bruce Randolph Avenue
Salvage Restaurant, 2700 South Havana Street, Aurora
Snarf's Sandwiches, 1490 South Broadway
Solutions Lounge and Restaurant, 2220 California Street
Under the Umbrella Cafe & Bakery, 300 Elati Street
Waffle Lab, 1335 Broadway, Boulder
Wewatta Point, 1607 Wewatta Street
Restaurants and Bars That Reopened in October
The Inventing Room Dessert Shop (moved from 2020 Lawrence Street), 4431 West 29th Avenue
Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha (moved to the Rayback Collective), 2775 Valmont Road, Boulder
Santa Fe Cookie Co., 303 16th Street
Tammen's Fish Market (formerly Silva's Fish Market, inside Denver Central Market), 2669 Larimer Street
Restaurants and Bars That Temporarily Closed in October
Colterra Food & Wine (fire), 210 Franklin Street, Niwot
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Restaurants and Bars That Closed in October*
Black Eye Cap Hill, 800 Sherman Street
Briarwood, 1630 8th Street, Golden
Broken Rice, 1390 South Colorado Boulevard
Comida Cantina, 721 Confidence Drive, Longmont
Damascus Grill, 2276 South Colorado Boulevard
Ophelia's Restaurant, 5711 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada
*Or earlier, and not previously reported.
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