Openings and Closings

Cantina closes, will turn into Krewe -- a New Orleans barbecue spot

The Cantina has closed. Curt Sims and his wife, singer/chef Pam Savage, had opened the casual spot last spring, in the Golden Triangle space most recently occupied by the Hive. With the transition, the address returned to its roots: Sims owns the building, which long ago was the Denver Buffalo Company; the couple ran Cielo, an upscale Mexican restaurant, in the space after that, before leasing it to various clubs, then taking it over again last year. But even true Texas-style puffy tacos and good margaritas were not enough of a draw to keep this incarnation alive. See also: The ten best spots for margaritas in Denver

And now Sims is going back to an earlier plan: The space is being taken over by the crew at Stoney's Bar and Grill, the successful restaurant/bar/gathering place next door, which will reopen it as Krewe Crescent City Bar B Que.

After the Hive buzzed off in May 2012, Stoney's owners, Stoney Jesseph and Will Trautman, had planned to open Krewe, a New Orleans-inspired restaurant and cocktail bar (with a special love for Saints fans) in the space, but instead wound up focusing on opening their second spot, Stoney's Full Steam Tavern, in a LoDo location that had also seen many, many concepts come and go.

But with Stoney's Full Steam now going full-steam ahead, the pair have resurrected their original plan for 1109 Lincoln Street. Watch for a quick turnaround on Krewe, which should open next month.


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