Openings and Closings

Restaurant Roll Call: Every Opening and Closing in April 2019

Quiero Arepas moved in on South Pearl Street in April.
Quiero Arepas moved in on South Pearl Street in April. Mark Antonation
April bought a bounty of international flavors to metro Denver, especially for noodle lovers. Gaku Ramen, a Japanese eatery from Burlington, Vermont, opened in Boulder, and Ramen Star kicked things off in Sunnyside. Urban Burma started serving Burmese cuisine inside the new Mango House location in Aurora, and Shi Miao Dao opened a branch of its Yunnanese rice noodle chain in Aurora, going with the English translation of its name: Ten Seconds. Beyond noodles, a new Turkish breakfast and lunch spot called Istanbul Cafe & Bakery opened in east Denver, and Venezuelan street-food expert Quiero Arepas launched its first brick-and-mortar joint.

Downtown saw a few new booze specialists debut, including Noble Riot, an irreverent wine bar; Rose and Thorn, a Cuban rum speakeasy; and the Welton Room, a cocktail bar with a penchant for liquid nitrogen. Overall, April has been the busiest month for restaurant and bar openings so far this year.

We lost a few favorites, though, including Lucky China, where you could slurp housemade noodles in your beef noodle soup; Bombay Clay Oven, which had been one of Denver's longest-running Indian restaurants; and Hinman's Bakery Cafe, although owner John Hinman says the wholesale side of the business is going strong, and you'll still be able to track down hand pies and other baked goods at farmers' markets this summer.

Here's our complete list of restaurant and bar openings and closings for April 2019:


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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.
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