A couple of Ethiopian-owned cafes have opened in east Denver recently. Walia Creamery took over the space left vacant when Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant moved from 1119 Syracuse Street to its current home at 1422 Poplar Street. Walia serves ice cream and sorbet in colorful tropical flavors, such as mango-ginger, as well as the standards and even a few vegan options. Look for the Walia logo, an Ethiopian ibex. And at 7031 East Colfax, the Ethio Cafe just took over the former home of Etete Coffee, serving coffee, breakfast and lunch in the cozy space.
Further east on Colfax, East Fax Tap is now pouring in the former home of the Hanger Bar.
In West Highland, Spatola Ristorante & Wine Bar closed in the tucked-aways spot it had occupied since 2016. Chef/owner Franco Spatola's other business, Dolce Sicilia Italian Bakery, is still going strong at 3210 Wadsworth Boulevard in Wheat Ridge.
Here's our complete list of restaurant and bar openings and closings from April 1 through 7, 2019, plus links to recent and upcoming activity.
Restaurants and Bars Opening This Week*
5280 Provisions, 999 18th Street
Bumble Tea, 2260 East Colfax Avenue
East Fax Tap, 8001 East Colfax Avenue
Ethio Cafe, 7031 East Colfax Avenue
Great Divide Brewhouse and Kitchen, Denver International Airport, Concourse C
Noble Riot, 1336 27th Street
Peak View Brewing Company, 9672 East Arapahoe Road, Greenwood Village
Smith + Canon Ice Cream, 2260 East Colfax Avenue
The Stateroom, inside the Buffalo Rose, 1119 Washington Avenue, Golden
Urban Burma, 10180 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora
Walia Creamery, 1119 Syracuse Street
Restaurants and Bars Reopening This Week:
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 1101 Walnut Street, Boulder (on April 6, after renovation)
Restaurants and Bars Closing This Week*
Lucky China, 2000 South Havana Street, Aurora
The Palate Food + Wine, 5375 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village
Spatola Ristorante & Wine Bar, 3434 West 32nd Avenue
*Or earlier, and not previously reported.
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