Back in 1973, Gus Mavrocefalos opened Famous Pizza at 98 South Broadway; he sold his last slices of pizza on Monday, August 27. Jump 45 years into the future and think about Denver in the year 2063: Will any of the restaurants on this week's opening roundup still be serving? Will restaurants even be a thing, or will we all be eating lab-grown proteins extruded from vending machines?
You may have scoffed at the notion of New York-style pizza served on a Denver street corner, but you'd have to be pretty hard-hearted to dismiss the idea that we lost something of value this week. But the churn continues, also eating up the second location of Four Friends Kitchen after only a year on South University Boulevard, while giving rise to an old-school burger shack, a Turkish breakfast specialist, a suburban eatery cooking up South Indian cuisine, another contender in the trending rolled ice cream scene, and an almost ineffable sophomore effort from a Denver/Boulder chef striving to redefine what a restaurant really is (thankfully, without lab-grown proteins).
Exciting times to be a diner, for sure, even as some of the things we take for granted quietly slip away. Here's our complete list of restaurant and bar openings and closings for the week of August 27 through September 2, 2018, plus links to our original coverage.
Restaurants and Bars Opening This Week*
Big Sky Burger, 1958 Garrison Street, Lakewood
Breakfast Champion (Turkish), 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder
Colorado Sake Co. (Saturday), 3559 Larimer Street
Garnish Indian Fusion Cuisine, 6585 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Greenwood Village
Milkit Rolled Ice Cream, 9625 East Arapahoe Road, Greenwood Village
The Wolf's Tailor (Saturday), 4059 Tejon Street
Restaurants and Bars Closing This Week*
Four Friends Kitchen, 2070 South University Boulevard
Famous Pizza, 98 South Broadway
*Or earlier, and not previously reported.
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Every week, we tally the restaurant openings and closings in the city, then compile them in a monthly roll call. Check out the August roster this coming Monday; here's July's, in case you missed it.
We also keep you abreast of the changing scene with news of upcoming eateries. Wondering what will become of the vacant Campus Lounge? New owners will reopen it this fall. And in Boulder, pizza lovers will finally get their own Detroit-style pies in the People's Republic in the coming weeks.
Have you spotted any openings or closings not on this list? Let us know in the comments or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.