Variety was the theme for July's restaurant and bar openings, with big-name local restaurateurs adding to their collections, out-of-town chains moving in, and intriguing new international eateries popping up.
Chefs Paul Reilly and Troy Guard unveiled the Italian-themed Coperta in Uptown and the rotisserie/raw bar/seafood specialist Mister Tuna in RiNo, respectively. MillerCoors threw its enormous hat into the brewpub ring with the spacious Blue Moon Brewing Company at 38th and Chestnut streets in a neighborhood already saturated with suds. Even musician Nathaniel Rateliff got in on the act, teaming up with a few service-industry pros to open a new bar and eatery called the Overland on South Broadway.
On the global scene, we welcomed the Bronze Empire, serving Chinese hot pots and ramen sandwiches on South Colorado Boulevard; the chic and modern Citizen Thai Bistro in Golden; and Latigo, a new Ballpark neighborhood restaurant featuring regional Mexican cuisine from chef Ignacio Leon, who sadly closed Sunnyside's Paxia at the end of the month.
Here's our complete list of restaurant and bar openings, closings and changes for July:
RESTAURANTS/BARS OPENING IN JULY*:
801 Chophouse (inside Cherry Creek Mall), 3000 East First Avenue
Acero, 1446 South Broadway
Blue Moon Brewing Company, 3750 Chestnut Street
Blueprint Bar, 450 East 17th Avenue
Bread Bar, 1010 Main Street, Silver Plume
Bronze Empire, 1591 South Colorado Boulevard
Citizen Thai Bistro, 14799 West Sixth Avenue Frontage Road, Golden
Coperta, 400 East 20th Avenue
Fat Jack's Super Subs, 3326 Tejon Street
Latigo, 2229 Blake Street
Miners Saloon, 1109 Miners Alley, Golden
Mister Tuna, 3033 Brighton Boulevard
The Overland, 1967 South Broadway
Prodigy Coffee, 3801 East 40th Avenue
Rice & Kabob Persian Kitchen, 1699 South Colorado Boulevard
R Taco, 8501 West Bowles Avenue
Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Road, Boulder
The Regional (inside Avanti Food & Beverage), 3200 Pecos Street
Wayback Burgers, 5098 South Federal Boulevard, Englewood
Coperta brings regional Italian cuisine, like this bucatini all'amatriciana, to Uptown.
RESTAURANTS/BARS CHANGING NAMES IN JULY*:
Little Raven Bistro (from Bistro Provencal), 1590 Little Raven Street
RESTAURANTS/BARS TEMPORARILY CLOSING IN JULY*:
Wok Uptown (kitchen fire), 1789 Ogden Street
Latigo is now serving Mexican specialties in the Ballpark neighborhood. Check out the Oaxacan clayuda if you go.
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RESTAURANTS/BARS CLOSING IN JULY*:
Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe, 534 East Colfax Avenue
Chloe Mezze Lounge & Discotheque, 1445 Market Street
GoBistro, 1111 Broadway
Maloney's Tavern, 1432 Market Street
Paxia - Alta Cocina Mexicana, 4001 Tejon Street
TAG Burger Bar, 3759 Lipan Street
*Or earlier, and not reported in a previous Roll Call.