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Kuni Denver is now open at 2752 Welton Street.EXPAND
Kuni Denver is now open at 2752 Welton Street.
Mark Antonation

Every Restaurant and Bar Opening and Closing for the First Week of 2019

Yes, we're in the midst of a government shutdown, but that doesn't seem to be affecting the restaurant industry; new bars and eateries just keep opening. Esters at Oneida Park, the second location of the always-packed Esters Neighborhood Pub in Virginia Village, is now serving pizza and beer in Park Hill. This weekend, the new location will also launch brunch service.

Also adding to its numbers is the 1up Arcade Bar, which just gave Greenwood Village a new reason to go out at night. This is the third in the 1up family, after the LoDo original and the second act on Colfax Avenue.

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Here's our list of bar and restaurant openings and closings for the week of December 31, 2018, through January 6, 2019, plus links to our original coverage:

Restaurants and Bars Opening This Week*
The 1up Arcade Bar — Greenwood, 6864 South Clinton Court,Greenwood Village
Esters at Oneida Park, 2201 Oneida Street
Hazel Art Bar, 1581 South Pearl Street
The Knotty Neighbor, 1618 East 17th Avenue
Kuni Denver, 2752 Welton Street
Savory Vietnam Pho & Grill, 2200 West Alameda Avenue

Restaurants and Bars Changing Names This Week*
AJ's Pit Bar-B-Q (from BBQ Supply Co.), 2180 South Delaware Street
Rolls by Chubby Cattle (from Chubby Cattle), 2 Broadway

Restaurants and Bars Closing This Week*
Cantina Laredo, 1040 15th Street
King's Land Seafood Restaurant, 2200 West Alameda Avenue
Lost Highway Brewing, 12741 East Caley Avenue, Centennial
Ted's Montana Grill, 1701 Pearl Street, Boulder

*Or earlier, and not previously reported.

Keep reading for more of our coverage of openings and closings.

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The San Diego roll at Kuni Sushi.
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The Knotty Neighbor is ready to serve you a drink in 2019.
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Every Restaurant and Bar Opening and Closing for the First Week of 2019
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King's Land will soon become Savory Vietnam Pho & Grill.EXPAND
King's Land will soon become Savory Vietnam Pho & Grill.
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Every Restaurant and Bar Opening and Closing for the First Week of 2019EXPAND
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Chubby Cattle is becoming Rolls by Chubby Cattle and is switching from Chinese hot pot to sushi and ramen.EXPAND
Chubby Cattle is becoming Rolls by Chubby Cattle and is switching from Chinese hot pot to sushi and ramen.
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"Name Changes and a New Bar Close Out 2018"

The shocker of the week was the closing of King's Land, the giant dim sum emporium that closed at the end of service on New Year's Eve. But while that favorite is gone, dim sum lovers can still get their dumpling fix, as we noted in our list of the five best Denver Chinese restaurants specializing in dim sum.

In more surprise moves, Cantina Laredo and Lost Highway also shuttered at the start of the new year; Ted's Montana Grill had already announced it would be closing its location in Boulder. That's a fast start in both openings and closings, with more sure to come. To see just how fast the scene is moving, scroll through our complete list of 2018 restaurant and bar openings and closings in metro Denver.

Have you noticed any openings or closings that aren't on our list? Let us know in the comments or in an email to cafe@westword.com.

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