Are we just getting used to this? Another month, another twenty new restaurants — ho hum. What's not so ho hum is when the food is unique, fun or flat-out spectacular. Sandwiches are nothing novel, but the Obey Sandwichery team — the same chefs braising whole animal heads at Rebel Restaurant — are using that space to put out craveable combos like kimchi Philly cheesesteaks, double-stacked chicken parms and toothsome veggie combos loaded with mushrooms or fresh mozzarella at lunch. And at La Chupaflor (the newest sibling of Adelitas and Palenque), you can top your taco (the dessert variety) with queso ice cream, orange-mezcal sorbet or any number of other Michoacán-inspired frozen delights.
Notable closings in September include Polished Tavern downtown; owner Cezary Grosfeld says he shuttered the place to focus on opening more of his fast-casual Polish concept, Pierogies Factory. On South University Boulevard, 730 South exited after an eighteen-year run in the Bonnie Brae neighborhood.
And then there's Tavernetta, which shone briefly and brightly at Union Station before an unfortunate kitchen fire forced the Italian eatery (brought to you by the Frasca folks) to close after just a few days in business. We're reminded of the 2011 fire that closed Oak at Fourteenth for nine months shortly after that restaurant opened and hope that Tavernetta's recovery is as successful. Tavernetta hopes to reopen in November.
Here's our complete list of September 2017 bar and restaurant openings and closings in metro Denver:
Restaurants and Bars Opening in September:*
Chutney, 2740 South Havana Street, Aurora
Copper Door Coffee, 900 West First Avenue
Corinne and 54Thirty, 1475 California Street
Dae Gee, 1910 South Havana Street, Aurora
El Torito Taqueria y Más, 180 South Union Boulevard
First Watch, 6890 South University Boulevard, Centennial
Four Friends Kitchen (second location), 2070 South University Boulevard
GB Fish & Chips, 7401 Ralston Road, Arvada
La Chupaflor, 11 East Louisiana Avenue
Lustre Pearl, 1315 26th Street
Marcella's, 1801 Central Street
Pride & Swagger, 450 East 17th Avenue
Obey Sandwitchery (at Rebel Restaurant), 3763 Wynkoop Street
Raising Cane's, 5012 Founders Parkway, Castle Rock
Rosenberg's Kosher, 942 South Monaco Parkway
Salvage Restaurant, 2700 South Havana Street, Aurora
Ssäm BBQ, 1600 Champa Street
Spicy Pickle, 1875 Lawrence Street
Stack Subs, 1331 17th Street
Tavernetta, 1889 16th Street
Triple Tree Cafe, 1201 East Colfax Avenue
Viale Pizza & Kitchen, 1390 South Colorado Boulevard
Wally's Wisconsin Tavern, 1417 Market Street
Restaurants and Bars Reopening in September*
Chipotle Mexican Grill (remodel), 1644 East Evans Avenue
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Restaurants and Bars Closing in September:*
730 South, 730 South University Boulevard
Caffe Sanora's CO 40, 1201 East Colfax Avenue
Crave Real Burgers, 1550 Blake Street
Hutch & Spoon, 3090 Larimer Street
Palettes at the Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue
Polished Tavern, 1512 Larimer Street
Thailicious, 2045 Sheridan Boulevard
White Lies at Black Eye Coffee (Black Eye will remain open), 800 Sherman Street
*Or earlier, and not previously reported.