We've been filling you full of tacos this week, with a daily dose of the tacos of Tacolandia, Westword's celebration of Mexican street food, which will kick off this Sunday, August, 14, as well as a five-pack of the city's rarest tacos to top you off. We also welcomed newcomers Sol Cocina and Carnitas California to the scene, with Sol landing in Cherry Creek from its original Southern California location and Carnitas California making a much smaller leap from Morrison Road to South Santa Fe Drive.
We still had time to think about something other than tacos, though: Departure arrived in Cherry Creek North from Portland, Oregon, adding a swank, futuristic, Pan-Asian bar and restaurant to the brand-new Halcyon Hotel. And Gretchen Kurtz saved room for dessert — courtesy of Sugarmill's new partner/executive chef Ryan Witcher.
In other news:
RESTAURANTS/BARS OPENING THIS WEEK*:
Anointed BBQ & Soul Food, 2504 West Hampden Avenue
Bierstadt Lagerhaus (Saturday), 2875 Blake Street
Carnitas California, 1470 South Santa Fe Drive
Departure Restaurant & Lounge, 245 Columbine Street
Nixon's Coffee House, 695 East Louisiana Avenue
Rocker Spirits, 5587 South Hill Street, Littleton
Sol Cocina, 250 Columbine Street
Torchy's Tacos, 8505 East Arapahoe Road
The Coral Cityscape at Departure will help you wash your blues away.
RESTAURANTS/BARS CHANGING NAMES THIS WEEK*:
Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales (from Former Future Brewing), 1290 South Broadway
RESTAURANTS/BARS TEMPORARILY CLOSING THIS WEEK*:
4 G's Mexican Restaurant (moving to Englewood), 2200 South Broadway
RESTAURANTS/BARS CLOSING THIS WEEK*:
John Holly's Asian Bistro, 1028 South Gaylord Street
La Polleria, 7422 South University Boulevard, Littleton
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*Or earlier, and not reported in a previous Second Helping.
Chef Ryan Witcher restocks the pastry case at Sugarmill.