Openings and Closings

Five restaurants that both opened and closed in 2012...and a bonus revival

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5) Atomic Tamale, 1450 Carr Street, Lakewood Atomic Tamale gave it a good try, but the vegetarian/vegan Mexican-food spot that moved from Santa Fe Drive to Lakewood this year ran out of energy -- and cash -- and didn't resign its six-month lease. And that means no more free vegan menudo on Sunday morning. 4) Denver Wheel Club 404, 404 Broadway (formerly Club 404) We were sad to say so long to Club 404, Jerry Feld's spot that finally closed after sixty years. But the new concept moving in seemed promising: Denver Wheel Club 404, a place that would celebrate both the history of the address and Denver's love of bicycling, with the Denver Cruisers behind the wheel. But the building's owners put the brakes on that in November, sending the Cruisers packing (they took the Denver Wheel Club name with them) and selling the spot to Kevin Geraghty, who'll be turning it into a reincarnated Brendan's next month. In the meantime, the bar is pouring -- without a name.
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