A trio of popular restaurants are undergoing major overhauls. On January 9, Jen Jasinski and Beth Gruitch closed Rioja, which had marked its tenth anniversary in November, for an overhaul that will be revealed on February 4, when they reopen the Larimer Square favorite. Up in LoHi, Z Cuisine owner/chef Patrick Dupays closed his spot after the holidays to make some long-planned changes to the dining room. With the bar at À Côté two doors down still open and serving the full Z Cuisine menu to regulars, Dupays says he's not in a rush to reopen the main restaurant. "I'm still French," he explains. "I'm taking my time to do things."
Alex Seidel is definitely on the fast track with the remodeling job at Fruition, which closed this week for a renovation that will be revealed on February 6, the eighth anniversary of the restaurant's opening. Keep reading for more restaurant action in January.
See also: Restaurant Roll Call for 2014
RESTAURANTS/BARS OPENING IN JANUARY* Chowder Room, 560 South Broadway Copper Hound, 2137 South Sheridan Boulevard Katsu Ramen, 1930 South Havana Street, Aurora Modmarket DIA, 8500 Pena Boulevard Nighthawk Brewery, 2780 Industrial Lane, Broomfield Park Burger RiNo, 2601 Walnut Street Roaming Buffalo Bar-B-Que, 2387 South Downing Street Thai Monkey Club, 406 East Colfax Avenue Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 10601 East Garden Drive, Aurora Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, 2907 Huron Street Zoe Ma Ma, 1625 Wynkoop Street
RESTAURANTS/BARS/MARKETS REOPENING IN JANUARY* Cafe 44 (formerly Taza de Cafe), 3565 West 44th Avenue Cucina Colore (after expansion), 3041 East Third Avenue DaLat Vietnamese Cuisine (after ownership change), 940 South Federal Boulevard Two Rivers Coffee (after expansion), 7745 Wadsworth Boulevard
RESTAURANTS/BARS CLOSING IN JANUARY* Adagio Baking Company, 211 South Holly Street and 4628 East 23rd Avenue Bark Bar, 4132 West 38th Avenue Bruxie, 1000 South Colorado Boulevard, Glendale D Note, 7519 Grandview Avenue, Arvada Eck's Saloon, 9890 West Girton Drive, Lakewood Paris on the Platte Cafe & Bar, 1553 Platte Street Ras Kassa's Ethiopian Restaurant, 2111 30th Street, Boulder Red Coral Chinese Restaurant, 1591 South Colorado Boulevard Rocky Mountain Chili Bowl, 7305 East 35th Avenue Street Kitchen Asian Bistro, 10111 Inverness Main Street, Englewood Zanitas Mexican & Margaritas, 6365 East Hampden Avenue
*Or earlier, and not noted in a previous Roll Call. What did we miss? Let us know in the comments section below.