April started out with a bang, with six bars and restaurants opening in the first two days. Since then, a number of promising eateries have debuted, including two artisan ice cream shops: Frozen Matter in Uptown and Heifer and the Hen in Boulder. Chef/restaurateur Biju Thomas launched two more outposts of Biju's Little Curry Shop, including a kiosk inside Boulder's Whole Foods Market with a streamlined service model and menu that open the possibility for many more to come.
A big name came to town at the beginning of the month when international restaurant giant Nobu Matsuhisa opened another of his namesake eateries, giving Cherry Creek an elegant new Japanese-inspired restaurant. And the RiNo district continued to heat up, welcoming Pop's Place on Lawrence Street and the Preservery, an all-day restaurant and market in the new Backyard on Blake.
Keep reading for our complete list of all the bars and restaurants that opened or closed in April.
RESTAURANTS/BARS OPENING IN APRIL:*
$5 Buck Drinkery (formerly Lime XS), 730 East Sixth Avenue
Biju's Little Curry Shop, 4279 Tennyson Street
Biju's Little Curry Shop (inside Whole Foods Market), 2905 Pearl Street, Boulder
Blackbelly Butcher, 1606 Conestoga, Boulder
Caribou Coffee & Einstein Bros. Bagels, 14315 Orchard Parkway, Westminster
Cowboys Saloon, 8260 Northfield Boulevard
Frozen Matter, 530 East 19th Avenue
Heifer and the Hen, 5290 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
Kolache Factory, 9998 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood
Matsuhisa, 98 Steele Street
Modern Market, 4800 West 121st Avenue, Broomfield
Pie Five, 6105 South Main Street, Aurora
Pop's Place, 2020 Lawrence Street
Port Side (formerly Huckleberry Roasters), 2500 Larimer Street
The Preservery, 3040 Blake Street
Sunshine Bowls (inside Caveau Wine Bar), 450 East 17th Avenue
Superfruit Republic, 7483 East 29th Place
Syrup, 1875 York Street
Valhalla Cakes, 4426 Tennyson Street
School House Kitchen reopened after a kitchen fire closed it for nearly two months.
RESTAURANTS/BARS REOPENING IN APRIL:*
Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar, 1441 West 46th Avenue
Crow Bar, 4395 Yates Street
Leña, 24 Broadway
Palm Restaurant, 1672 Lawrence Street
School House Kitchen & Libations, 5560 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada
River North Brewing, 6021 Washington Street
RESTAURANTS/BARS CLOSING IN APRIL:*
Denver Eagle, 1475 36th Street
Tengu, 3053 Brighton Boulevard
RESTAURANTS/BARS TEMPORARILY CLOSING IN APRIL:*
The Dirty Duck, 4780 East Evans Avenue
Nip & Sip, 4395 Yates Street
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*Or earlier, and not reported in a previous Second Helping.
Tengu closed in the Industry building in RiNo.