Openings and Closings

Four Restaurants That Both Opened and Closed in 2015

While nearly 250 restaurants and bars opened in metro Denver in 2015 and another 100 or so closed, a quartet f places were unlucky enough to do both in the same year. Here are the four restaurants and/or coffeehouses that opened and closed in 2015. For a complete list of openings and closings, see our 2015 Restaurant Roll Call.

1. Copper Hound Coffee Co. 
2137 South Sheridan Boulevard
Copper Hound Coffee Co. opened in January on South Sheridan Boulevard, where it served  Commonwealth coffee and cold-steeped oatmeal mixes known as Scottish crowdies. But the location — a strip mall in front of an abandoned Target — hurt, and the neighborhood coffee shop closed its doors in July.

2. Basil Flats
2900 Baseline Road, Boulder
The original Basil Flats flatbread eatery opened in Longmont nearly six years ago, but the second outpost didn't fare so well in Boulder. After opening in April, the place closed up shop only three months later.

3. Genessee Coffee
110 16th Street
Two Dazbog Coffee shops were rebranded as Genessee Coffee in May — one on the 16th Street Mall at Broadway and the other in Congress Park. While the Congress Park location is still going strong (as is a third Genessee at 8101 East Belleview Avenue in the Denver Tech Center), the 16th Street Genessee closed in September.

4. Ignite Ale House & Kitchen
7995 Sheridan Boulevard, Arvada
After the longstanding Woody's Tavern shuttered in late spring, Ignite Ale House — sibling of the original Ignite Burgers & Lounge on Larimer Street — took over, with a complete overhaul of the kitchen and dining room. But the new name and menu weren't enough for Arvada residents, and Ignite was extinguished in December.

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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
Contact: Mark Antonation