Openings and Closings

Every Restaurant and Bar Opening and Closing This Week

Daikon is now closed in Governor's Park, but the company just opened another location in Boulder.
Daikon is now closed in Governor's Park, but the company just opened another location in Boulder. Mark Antonation
Sushi Katsu, the wildly popular sushi buffet, opened its third metro Denver location this week. The new all-you-can-eat joint is located in a shopping center at the corner of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Jewell Avenue that's seen other recent growth and redevelopment. Now west-siders can load up on raw fish and rice for $17 at lunch or $26 at dinner, just like their Aurora and Greenwood Village counterparts.

Not too far from the original Sushi Katsu on South Havana Street in Aurora, breakfast giant First Watch has added another option to the a.m. scene. First Watch bought out the Egg & I chain in 2015, and has since made further inroads into Denver and the suburbs. This makes store number fifteen for the company in Colorado's Front Range.

Banh mi specialist Daikon recently opened its second store in Boulder, but the original Vietnamese-style sandwich shop in Governor's Park, which opened in May 2018, is now closed. Lunch business is tough along the stretch of East Seventh Avenue that Daikon called home, in part because of continued construction in the area, and in part because of the crazy parking on the street that combines back-in diagonal slots, parallel parking and one-way streets with drivers zipping through intersections with limited visibility. Although the neighborhood is best traversed on foot, pedestrian traffic hasn't reached a critical density to support multiple fast-casual eateries (or so we theorize).

Here's our complete list of openings and closings for the week of February 10, 2020, plus links to coverage of recent and upcoming activity:


Restaurants and Bars Opening This Week*
Bistro Colorado, 675 South Broadway
The Bumbling Bee Junk Food and Burger Bar, 1100 28th Street, Boulder
First Watch, 2406 South Parker Road, Aurora
Jive Restaurant & Bar, 1055 Broadway
La Rola Urban Colombian (inside Zeppelin Station), 3501 Wazee Street
Lloyd's Tasty Sandwiches, 7512 Grandview Avenue, Arvada
Mika Sushi 3, 2730 South Colorado Boulevard
Oregano's, 8156 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton
Sushi Katsu
, 1862 South Wadsworth Boulevard, Lakewood
West Main Taproom + Grill, 18595 East Mainstreet, Parker
Ya Ye (inside Zeppelin Station), 3501 Wazee Street

Restaurants and Bars Closing This Week*
Chinook Tavern, 6380 South Fiddlers Green Circle, Greenwood Village
Daikon, 211 East Seventh Avenue
Veggie Yeti, food truck

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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