On June 20, Ohana Island Kitchen closed for a day because owners Louie and Regan Colburn "literally cannot keep our kitchen open to save our lives," the couple shared on Instagram, adding "we feel your pain, @gratefulbreaddenver."
We are sorry and embarrassed that this is an issue; however, we literally cannot keep our kitchen staffed to save our lives. This is an extremely tough time to be a small restaurant in a market with surplus kitchen openings, low unemployment and a smaller pool of qualified talent. #restaurantlife #restaurantproblems @eater_denver We feel your pain @gratefulbreaddenver
Even down in the suburbs, restaurants aren't immune. The Great Australian Bite, at the corner of Parker and Arapahoe roads, had to take a day off on April 28 for the same reason.
Still, more establishments keep opening, just adding to the labor crunch. Here's our complete list of what came and went this week, along with links to our original coverage.
Restaurants and Bars Opening This Week*
Officers Club, 84 Rampart Way
Queen City Collective Coffee (Saturday), 305 West First Avenue
The Shanty Supper Club, 1033 East 17th Avenue
Restaurants and Bars Closing This Week*
Jack-n-Grill, 2524 Federal Boulevard and 9310 Sheridan Boulevard
*Or earlier, and not previously reported.