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Ten Recent Restaurant Openings and Closings That Caught Our Attention

Beef pho with brisket, tendon and meatballs.
Beef pho with brisket, tendon and meatballs. Mark Antonation
July has been blazing hot — with restaurant openings as well as the weather. But it seemed like for every new eatery that popped up, another favorite went dark. Here are the most recent restaurant and bar openings and closings in Denver, along with links to our original coverage. And for a look back on the year so far, see our complete slideshow of the most important debuts and closings of 2017.

click to enlarge Local(ish) opened three weeks ago on the Union Station platform. - JONATHAN SHIKES
Local(ish) opened three weeks ago on the Union Station platform.
Jonathan Shikes
Local(ish) Opens at the End of the Tracks at Union Station With Six Beers on Tap

click to enlarge Boxed Taco is now serving Mexican street food in Athmar Park. - MARK ANTONATION
Boxed Taco is now serving Mexican street food in Athmar Park.
Mark Antonation
Street-Food Veterans Open Taco Shop in a Box in Athmar Park

click to enlarge A customer reeling up for the bold double-axe throw. - C/O BAD AXE THROWING
A customer reeling up for the bold double-axe throw.
c/o Bad Axe Throwing
A Cut Above: Two Axe-Throwing Venues Carve Out a Niche in Denver


click to enlarge Kaya toast with coconut jam and poached eggs. - MARK ANTONATION
Kaya toast with coconut jam and poached eggs.
Mark Antonation
Kaya Kitchen Comes to Avanti From ChoLon and Cho77 Team

click to enlarge The Thunderbird's retro style didn't leave a lasting impression on the neighborhood. - WESTWORD
The Thunderbird's retro style didn't leave a lasting impression on the neighborhood.
Westword
Thunderbird Imperial Lounge Closes at Former Home of Longo's Subway Tavern

click to enlarge Birdcall brought fried chicken sandwiches to Five Points in July. - MARK ANTONATION
Birdcall brought fried chicken sandwiches to Five Points in July.
Mark Antonation
Birdcall, From Park Burger Team, Opens in Five Points

click to enlarge There's one less slice in the big Beau Jo's pie. The Denver branch closes on July 30. - WESTWORD
There's one less slice in the big Beau Jo's pie. The Denver branch closes on July 30.
Westword
Beau Jo's Will Close in University Hills on July 30

Sean Kelly Sells Desmond Bar & Grill in Park Hill

click to enlarge Inside the newest Menya, which serves poke bowls as well as ramen. - MARK ANTONATION
Inside the newest Menya, which serves poke bowls as well as ramen.
Mark Antonation
Menya Ramen & Poke Now Serving Japanese Cuisine at Riverfront Park

click to enlarge Cool off with crab Louie on a chilled plate at French 75. - MARK ANTONATION
Cool off with crab Louie on a chilled plate at French 75.
Mark Antonation
Lucky Sevens: Frank Bonanno to Launch French 75 at 717 17th Street — on July 17


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