Openings and Closings

Every Restaurant Opening and Closing This Week, September 19-25

River, a a new bar, art and music venue, is now open at 3759 Chestnut Place.
River, a a new bar, art and music venue, is now open at 3759 Chestnut Place. Jacqueline Collins
A brewery, two bars and a food hall down south are among this week's openings. Beer lovers, take note: A Bit Twisted Brewery & Smokehouse debuted in Aurora, combining Colorado craft beer and Texas-style barbecue. If cocktails are your preferred boozy beverage, River — which is also part art gallery — opened in the former Welcome Inn location, while the Nearby Bar is serving drinks on Platte Street next door to its sister restaurant, Proto's Pizza.

In Greenwood Village, Troy Guard's Grange Hall became the southern suburb's first food hall, and it's loaded with popular options, from fried chicken and burgers to sushi and pizza. A few miles away on South Yosemite Street, the Dumpling Factory is serving up a variety of boiled and fried dumplings along with noodles and a selection of appetizers.

Dumplings are also on the menu at Chinatown Bistro, which opened in the former location of Uptown Wok; that spot closed in 2016 following a fire. Over on East 17th Avenue, the longtime home of the Avenue Grill is back in business as Revival Denver Public House.

Parlor Doughnuts, which has become a fast favorite for its layered approach to the pastry, has started serving at its second location in Aurora; it will be open weekends-only as it staffs up.

And it's time to say farewell to Rita's Law, the Five Points bar that poured its last drink on September 24; owner Rita Price hopes to reopen one day in a new, less challenging location. Moving is exactly what the plan is for this week's other closure, Open, which has been slinging its chef-created sandwiches out of American Bonded since March. In October, it will start serving at Goosetown Tavern on Colfax Avenue.

Here's the complete list of restaurant and bar openings and closings this week:
click to enlarge Crack Shack is one of the stalls at Grange Hall. - MOLLY MARTIN
Crack Shack is one of the stalls at Grange Hall.
Molly Martin
Restaurants and bars opening this week:*

A Bit Twisted Brewpub & Smokehouse, 3095 South Peoria Street, Aurora
Chinatown Bistro, 1789 North Ogden Street
The Dumpling Factory, 4660 South Yosemite Street, Greenwood Village
Grange Hall, 6575 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Greenwood Village
The Nearby Bar, 2401 15th Street
Parlor Doughnuts, 5001 South Parker Road #112/113, Aurora
Revival Denver Public House, 630 East 17th Avenue
River, 3759 Chestnut Place

Restaurants and bars reopening this week:*

Campfire, 27883 Meadow Drive, Evergreen

Restaurants and bars closing this week:*

Open, 2706 Larimer Street
Rita's Law, 2209 Welton Street

*Or earlier and not previously reported.

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Molly Martin is the Westword Food & Drink editor. She’s been writing about the dining scene in Denver since 2013, and was eating her way around the city long before that. She enjoys long walks to the nearest burrito joint and nights spent sipping cocktails on Colfax.
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