January was a seesaw of openings and closings; with the shuttering of one restaurant came the unveiling of another. While California-based vegan chain Native Foods Cafe closed two of its fast-casual locations (most prominently, the 16th Street Mall store), a cozy, locally owned plant-based joint called the Handy Diner opened at 2958 Downing Street in Five Points. Though we lost last year’s Best Burger when Jimmy’s Urban Bar & Grill lost its lease downtown, TAG Burger Bar sprouted a second spot at 3759 Lipan Street, and Illegal Burger moved into Writer Square.
Although Wurstküche’s two Los Angeles beer halls have proven wildly popular in that city, the version that came to Broadway last spring never caught on, closing after less than a year. But local bar owners Lenka Juchelkova and Mike Huggins, who already operate Union Lodge No. 1 downtown and the Arvada Tavern, just swung open the doors of their second Arvada establishment, Kline’s Beer Hall, which is inspired by European originals but offers distinctly Colorado appeal. The western suburb did lose another beer stop, though. The Arvada Beer Company closed this month — one of the first to do so since the new wave of craft breweries inundated the Front Range some five years ago.
And there's plenty to look forward to this month, with Southern-cuisine specialist Arcana in Boulder, taco/pizza combo Mas Kaos on Tennyson Street, Colfax Avenue bakery Humble Pie and a second Biju’s Little Curry Shop all anticipating February openings.
Here's our complete list of openings and closings for January:
RESTAURANTS/BARS OPENING THIS MONTH*
Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, 8501 West Bowles Avenue
Bawarchi Biryani Point, 11001 E Arapahoe Place, Centennial
Cherry Hills Sushi Co., 1400 East Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills Village
Colorado Taco Co. (inside Americatus), 2449 Larimer Street
GoodBird Kitchen, 1258 South Hover Street, Longmont
Handy Diner, 2958 Downing Street
Illegal Burger, 1512 Larimer Street
Illy Caffe, 918 17th Street
Kline's Beer Hall, 7519 Grandview Avenue, Arvada
The Melt, 1232 South Hover Road, Longmont
Noodles & Company, 4590 Leetsdale Drive
Sushi Ronin, 2930 Umatilla Street
TAG Burger Bar, 3759 Lipan Street
Temple Bakery, 2400 Curtis Street
Vitality Bowls, 2702 East Third Avenue
RESTAURANTS/BARS REOPENING THIS MONTH*
Tacos Jalisco (reopened after interior upgrades), 4309 West 38th Avenue
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RESTAURANTS/BARS CLOSING THIS MONTH*
The Armoury, 2048 Larimer Street
Arvada Beer Company, 5600 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard
Barker Lounge, 475 Santa Fe Drive
Brendan's Pub, 404 Broadway
Brook's Steakhouse, 6538 South Yosemite Circle, Greenwood Village
Casselman's Bar & Venue/Sons of Scullery, 2620 Walnut Street
Jimmy's Urban Bar & Grill, 1530 Blake Street
Native Foods Cafe, 2023 South Colorado Boulevard and 500 16th Street
Park House, 1515 Madison Street
Strange Grounds, 1417 South Broadway
Sunnyside Burger Bar, 3759 Lipan Street
Twisted Cream, 835 Colorado Boulevard
Wurstküche, 2036 Broadway
*Or earlier, and not mentioned in a previous Roll Call.