Openings and Closings

Gary Lee's Shuts Down, and Other Restaurant Openings and Closings This Week

The Inventing Room's ice cream is so cold it steams.
The Inventing Room's ice cream is so cold it steams. Danielle Lirette
Gary Lee's Motor Club & Grub on South Broadway came to a halt this week. The motorcycle-themed bar was founded in 2012 by Denver artist Gary Lee Bomar, who passed away in 2015 after a car accident in Mexico; other potential tenants are reportedly interested.

Over in West Highland, the closing of the Inventing Room Dessert Shop is only temporary; this tasty spot at 4433 West 29th Avenue is just going into hibernation for the winter. While the liquid nitrogen ice cream and other frozen delights won't be back until next summer, chef/owner Ian Kleinman isn't going into the deep freeze entirely. He's still running his catering company, which will present a series of "Gobblefunk" dinners, the first of which is scheduled for Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Information and reservations can be found on the Inventing Room website.

Here's our complete list of bar and restaurant openings and closings for the week of November 12 through November 18, 2018, plus links to recent or upcoming opening and closing reports.

Restaurants and Bars Opening This Week*
The Cultural Center (beer tasting room), 6381 Beach Street
Revel Social, 2229 Blake Street

click to enlarge The Inventing Room's ice cream is so cold it steams. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
The Inventing Room's ice cream is so cold it steams.
Danielle Lirette
Restaurants and Bars Temporarily Closing This Week
The Inventing Room Dessert Shop, 4433 West 29th Avenue

Restaurants and Bars Closing This Week*
Garibaldi Mexican Bistro, 1043 Broadway
Gary Lee's Motor Club & Grub, 176 South Broadway
Sunrise Cafe, 4390 Sheridan Boulevard

*Or earlier, and not previously reported.

click to enlarge Waldschänke Ciders will open in early 2019, pending city approvals. - WALDSCHÄNKE CIDERS
Waldschänke Ciders will open in early 2019, pending city approvals.
Waldschänke Ciders
"Waldschänke Ciders: A New Denver Cidery in the Works"

click to enlarge This is Garibaldi's pambazo, which you probably never tried. - MARK ANTONATION
This is Garibaldi's pambazo, which you probably never tried.
Mark Antonation
"Golden Triangle's Garibaldi Has Closed: Thanks a Lot, Neighbors"

click to enlarge The Habit/Carbon space looks out onto the intersection of 22nd and California streets. - MARK ANTONATION
The Habit/Carbon space looks out onto the intersection of 22nd and California streets.
Mark Antonation
"Habit/Carbon Heads Across Town for New Five Points Cafe"

click to enlarge Boulder is home to the Osaka burger. - MARK ANTONATION
Boulder is home to the Osaka burger.
Mark Antonation
"Osaka's Invents a Burger From Traditional Japanese Ingredients"

click to enlarge Tenya takes over the recently closed Kazan Ramen Bistro. - MARK ANTONATION
Tenya takes over the recently closed Kazan Ramen Bistro.
Mark Antonation
"What Is Japanese Soul Food? Find Out at Tenya"

Have you spotted any other openings or closings not on this list? Let us know with a comment or send an email to [email protected]
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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.
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