Denver Restaurant Openings and Closings This Week

Step out of the time machine and into Tony Roma's.
Step out of the time machine and into Tony Roma's. Flickr/Lew Woei Chwan
What decade is this? With the opening of Tony Roma's downtown (in one of the biggest restaurant black holes in the city), we're having flashbacks to the ’80s — when baby back ribs were one of the hottest restaurant trends. The 46-year-old restaurant chain is making its first appearance in Colorado since the last franchise exited in 2004.

Another holdout from the old days didn't have much luck modernizing; the last of White Fence Farm's group of neighborhood fast-casual eateries is now closed, so you'll have to hit the Lakewood original for old-fashioned fried chicken.

Here's a complete list of all the metro Denver bar and restaurant openings and closings for the week, with links to our original coverage.

Restaurants and Bars Opening This Week*
Bertha's Baja Bistro, 900 Jersey Street
CREAM Belmar, 7357 West Alaska Drive, Lakewood
TeaLee's TeaHouse and Bookstore, 611 22nd Street
Tony Roma's, 1480 Arapahoe Street

Restaurants and Bars Closing This Week*
Wash Park Sports Alley, 266B South Downing Street
White Fence Farm, 1025 East Ninth Avenue

*Or earlier, and not previously reported.
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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
Contact: Mark Antonation