28 of Denver's Most Anticipated Bar and Restaurant Openings

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Denver's fast-paced growth means the restaurant industry is still at full sprint trying to keep up with demand. Last year was one of the biggest years in the city's history for sheer volume of restaurant openings, as well as variety, and it looks like 2015 will see, if not the quantity of last year, at least some exciting new concepts from big-name veterans as well as newcomers with grand visions. Here's a look at  some of the most anticipated new bars and eateries coming our way this spring and summer, grouped by neighborhood.


3200 Pecos Street
Planned opening: May 2015

Avanti is a collection of seven new, fast-casual concepts built in shipping containers inside a former printing warehouse overlooking the downtown skyline. Owners Patrick O'Neill, Brad Arguello and Rob Hahn are installing two bars on two floors, a rooftop deck that will feature some of the best views in town, and outdoor bleacher seating to capture the Coors Field vibe. All seven restaurant slots have been claimed and leases will be short in duration and staggered so that Avanti will become an incubator where budding restaurateurs can try out their concepts before investing in their own brick-and-mortar operations. The initial tenants are:

Mijo: An pan-Asian noodle shop from former Bones team John DePierro and Michael Nevarez, who will focus on udon rice bowls.

Quiero Arepas: A stationary version of one of Denver's favorite food trucks, featuring Venezuelan arepas, the corn flour-based pocket sandwiches stuffed with savory meats, beans and fried plantain.

Souk Shawarma: A Middle Eastern Street food kitchen from Jon Robbins of Bistro Barbès.

Poco Torteria: A foray into Mexican sandwiches from Kevin Morrison, who has already had noted success with his two Pinche Taqueria locations.

Brava: A second home for David Bravdica’s neapolitan pizza oven, which currently operates under the Clock Tower on the 16th Street Mall.

Bixo: A Mediterranean small-plates concept from Denver newcomer Marco Gonzales, veteran of several top kitchens in France and Spain.

Farmer Girl: A farm-to-table concept from chef Tim Payne, who runs the Tasterie Truck.

also coming to LoHi:
Bar Dough
2227 West 32nd Avenue
July 2015

Highland Tap & Burger owner Juan Padro just announced he'll be opening this upscale pizza joint next door, with chef Max MacKissock — of Squeaky Bean fame — at the helm.

The Occidental
1950 West 32nd Avenue 
Spring 2015

Williams & Graham team Sean Kenyon and Todd Colehour are opening a more casual, neighborhood bar next door to their speakeasy original. 

RiNo and Ballpark

Osaka Ramen 
2601 Walnut Street
April 2015

Twelve chef and owner Jeff Osaka has been working on his new ramen shop for almost a year now, but all signs point indicate that the noodle slurping should start this month.

First Draft
1309 26th Street
Summer 2015

First Draft will have more than forty self-service taps, giving customers the chance to sample beers by the ounce or by the glass.

Bar Uncle
3500 Larimer Street

Uncle chef/owner Tommy Lee is expanding his brand to a new bar and Asian eatery in RiNo. The name isn't 100 percent, though; we'll keep you posted if it changes.

Bar Fausto
3126 Larimer Street
Spring 2015

Jonathan Power of the Populist and Koan Goedman of Huckleberry Roasters will be opening this bar across the street from the Populist.

American Bonded
2706 Larimer Street
Summer 2015

This will be another Sean Kenyon-run joint, in conjunction with Justin Anthony and Lisa Vedovelli, the owners of the Matchbox across the street.

1215 20th Street
April 2015

The latest from Edible Beats, restaurateur Justin Cucci's group that already includes Linger, Root Down and Root Down DIA, this Ballpark restaurant and nightclub is set to open later this month.

2601 Larimer Street
May 2015

Jeff Osaka isn't just planning ramen joints; he's also working on a new Japanese fish house featuring a conveyor-belt sushi delivery system.

Finn's Manor
2927 Larimer Street
Spring 2015

Part food-truck corral and part craft-cocktail bar, Finn's Manor is the brainchild of Thomas Taylor, Robert Sickler and Noah Price, co-owner of Crema Coffeehouse the Populist.

Cherry Creek North

Blue Island Oyster Bar
2625 Second Avenue
Summer 2015

The owners of Humboldt and Stout Street Social are planning a raw bar and seafood house for the new 250 Columbine development.

245 Columbine Street
Fall 2015

Departure will be the latest Denver eatery from the Sage Restaurant Group, which also runs the Corner Office, Kachina Southwestern Grill and Second Home. 

Osaka Ramen
2817 East Third Avenue
Spring/Summer 2015

That's right: Jeff Osaka isn't content with just one ramen joint, so he's putting a second one in the former location of the Ay Caramba tortas kitchen. 

West Highland

3927 West 32nd Avenue
Spring 2015

Solitaire, from Vail restaurateurs Mark A. Ferguson and Andrea Fergusun, is going into the the twin Victorians that once housed longtime Denver favorite Highland Garden Cafe

Blue Pan Pizza
West 32nd Avenue
Spring 2015

The chef at Telluride's Brown Dog Pizza is bringing a square deal to West Highland in the form of Detroit-style pizza.


2450 West 44th Avenue
Summer 2015

This pig-centric eatery will add another breakfast, lunch and dinner option to the quiet neighborhood, along with another yet-to-be-named restaurant in the renovated Cobbler's Corner building.

BluePlains Tavern
2400 West 44th Avenue
Summer 2015

BluePlains will feature seafood and game in the former home of a Mexican restaurant and carniceria.


Milk & Honey
1414 Larimer Street
Spring 2015

Chef-restaurateur Michael Shiell has been gutting and rebuilding the lower level space in Larimer Square that once housed Lime Cantina. The menu will focus on straightforward meat presentations with chef-y flourishes and a deep wine list.

The 'Burbs

Los Chingones 
Belleview Station, DTC
Summer 2015

Troy Guard is opening a second location of his Ballpark grand slam taqueria.

The Farmhouse
6775 South Santa Fe Drive
Spring 2015

Breckenridge Brewery's new twelve-acre southern campus will feature this 8,000 square-foot restaurant as part of the riverfront attractions.

What other openings are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments section.

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