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Restaurant Roll Call: All the Openings and Closings in September 2017

Mark Antonation
Four Friends Kitchen brought smoked-brisket hash and other Southern-inspired breakfast eats to South University Boulevard.
Are we just getting used to this? Another month, another twenty new restaurants — ho hum. What's not so ho hum is when the food is unique, fun or flat-out spectacular. Sandwiches are nothing novel, but the Obey Sandwichery team — the same chefs braising whole animal heads at Rebel Restaurant — are using that space to put out craveable combos like kimchi Philly cheesesteaks, double-stacked chicken parms and toothsome veggie combos loaded with mushrooms or fresh mozzarella at lunch. And at La Chupaflor (the newest sibling of Adelitas and Palenque), you can top your taco (the dessert variety) with queso ice cream, orange-mezcal sorbet or any number of other Michoacán-inspired frozen delights.

Notable closings in September include Polished Tavern downtown; owner Cezary Grosfeld says he shuttered the place to focus on opening more of his fast-casual Polish concept, Pierogies Factory. On South University Boulevard, 730 South exited after an eighteen-year run in the Bonnie Brae neighborhood.

And then there's Tavernetta, which shone briefly and brightly at Union Station before an unfortunate kitchen fire forced the Italian eatery (brought to you by the Frasca folks) to close after just a few days in business. We're reminded of the 2011 fire that closed Oak at Fourteenth for nine months shortly after that restaurant opened and hope that Tavernetta's recovery is as successful. Tavernetta hopes to reopen in November.

Here's our complete list of September 2017 bar and restaurant openings and closings in metro Denver: