While Elon Musk aims for outer space, his brother, Kimbal Musk, is aiming for the wide-open space of suburban Denver and middle America. The co-founder (along with Hugo Matheson) of the Kitchen Restaurant Group has launched another outpost of Next Door American Eatery, the satellite of the Kitchen that first debuted in Boulder in 2011. The newest Next Door, located just off Westminster's Orchard Town Center, marks the eleventh in the group, with seven in Colorado and four more in Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. This may be flyover territory for East- and West-Coasters, but it's prime restaurant real estate for Musk. The newest member of the Next Door squadron is open from 11 a.m. daily for lunch and dinner.
Gelato Boy scooped its last scoops at Zeppelin Station earlier this month, but you can still track down your favorite flavors at two Boulder locations (1433 and 1021 Pearl Street), and in the frozen-desserts aisle at local Whole Foods Markets. Founders Bryce and Giulia Licht (an appropriate name for gelato makers, if there ever was one) just started selling pints at the grocery chain this past spring. Gelato Boy also has a new location in the works at the 9th + Colorado development in east Denver.
Here's our complete list of openings and closings for the week of August 12 through August 18, plus links to coverage of current and upcoming activity.
Restaurants and Bars Closing This Week*
Izakaya Ronin, 3053 Brighton Boulevard
Gelato Boy (inside Zeppelin Station), 3501 Wazee Street
Mario's Ocean Club (Saturday), 560 South Broadway
*Or earlier, and not previously reported.
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