Openings and Closings

Every Restaurant Opening and Closing This Week, October 17-23

Smok opened a second location in Fort Collins on October 18.
Smok opened a second location in Fort Collins on October 18. Smok
There are five new places to dine and drink this week, including a great neighborhood bar: TrashHawk Tavern opened on October 18 in the former home of Alternation Brewing on South Broadway. Owner Erin Homburger has deep roots in the area and dreamed of opening a low-key spot where neighbors could come together for cold beers, unfussy cocktails, football games and good times. Now that dream is a reality, in a space decked out with thrifted retro finds; there's also a large patio out back.

In the former home of the Way Back on Tennyson Street, it's all about Italian wine and cocktails paired with small plates at Voghera, which takes its name from the small Italian town where co-owner Marco Albertin is from. The eatery specializes in "apericena," which combines "aperitivo" (apertif) and "cena" (dinner), a concept popular in the Milan area.

Smok, which opened inside the Source Hotel in 2018, expanded this week with the debut of a second location in Fort Collins on October 18. Along with smoked meats including burnt ends, turkey, pork spareribs, brisket and more, the location has a full bar with twelve taps and boozy slushies.

There's no booze on the menu at Wellness Sushi, Denver's only plant-based Japanese restaurant. Here, rolls, ramen, donburi and other dishes are made with vegetables and such proteins as tofu and Omnipork's vegan spam.


In Parker, Poulette Bakery, which got its start as a pandemic pop-up called Ulster Street Bakery, is opening this weekend...softly. Owners Carolyn Nugent and Alen Ramos are offering starter packs filled with a half dozen sweet and savory pastries for pre-order and pick-up out of their new permanent location. Packs for October 28-30 pick-ups are still available on Poulette Bakeshop's website.

Here's the full list of restaurants and bars opening this week:
click to enlarge Retro finds cover the walls at TrashHawk. - MOLLY MARTIN
Retro finds cover the walls at TrashHawk.
Molly Martin
Restaurants and bars opening this week:*

Poulette Bakeshop,19585 Hess Road Unit 107, Parker
Smok, 327 East Foothills Parkway, Fort Collins
TrashHawk Tavern, 1539 South Broadway
Voghera Ristorante & Apericena, 3963 Tennyson Street
Wellness Sushi, 939 Bannock Street

*Or earlier and not previously reported.


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Molly Martin is the Westword Food & Drink editor. She’s been writing about the dining scene in Denver since 2013, and was eating her way around the city long before that. She enjoys long walks to the nearest burrito joint and nights spent sipping cocktails on Colfax.
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