August kept up the pace of restaurant openings this year, with twenty new eateries and bars debuting. But it was the closings that caught our attention; we lost some old favorites as well as newcomers that had quickly won our hearts. Fortunately, some we'd miss most have already announced plans to reopen in one form or another. Here are our stories on the six most surprising closings of the last month, in chronological order.
1. Little Man Ice Cream Owners Purchase Adrift Tiki Bar
Adrift is expected to reopen in the next month with a remodel and new menu, but the same tiki theme.
2. Jeff Osaka Closes Cherry Creek Ramen Shop, Reboots Twelve
The Cherry Creek noodle bar is closed for good, but owner Jeff Osaka is resurrecting his popular Twelve concept in Congress Park.
3. Denver's Northside Loses Another Classic Italian Restaurant as Patsy's Closes
The owners of Patsy's are retiring and selling the restaurant to an undisclosed buyer; they expect the new owner to keep much of the ambience but introduce a new concept.
4. Black Pearl Goes Dark on South Pearl Street
The owner of Black Pearl announced that he'll put something new in the space in conjunction with another neighborhood restaurateur.
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5. Is Mona's on the Move?
Mona's appears to be permanently closed.
6. Z Cuisine Closes in Lower Highland
The Z Cuisine space will reopen in several months under new ownership.