Openings and Closings

Every Restaurant and Bar Opening and Closing This Week

Executive chef Daniel Asher (center), chef de cuisine Chris MacGillivray (left) and sous-chef Jeffrey Weston unveiled Ash'Kara.
Executive chef Daniel Asher (center), chef de cuisine Chris MacGillivray (left) and sous-chef Jeffrey Weston unveiled Ash'Kara. Danielle Lirette

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Marlowe's closes on the 16th Street Mall.
Danielle Lirette
"Memories of Marlowe's, Closing December 22"

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Pita baked in a wood-burning oven is one of the draws at Ash'Kara.
Danielle Lirette
"Ash'Kara Brings Israeli Cuisine to LoHi"

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Are you ready to get wild and corgi?
WIld Corgi Pub
"Welsh Corgis Are So Amazing People Are Naming Bars After Them"

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An antique stained-glass window adds a touch of Buenos Aires to Denver's newest Maria Empanada.
Mark Antonation
"Maria Empanada Adds Fourth Denver Argentinian Cafe"

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The Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center holds seven different eateries.
Jacqueline Collins
"The Gaylord Rockies Resort Opens in Aurora"

Before this surprising spate of restaurant openings, we started picking through the newcomers for our favorites of the year. Here's our list of the twelve best new restaurants of 2018 (so far); we'll revisit the list in January so that latecomers will not be overlooked.

We also evaluated the bar scene over the past year and picked ten of the best that are new to town. With the holiday season in full swing, this list provides a handy roster of stops between shopping, eating and entertaining.

Have you noticed any openings or closings not on this list? Let us know in the comments 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.
Contact: Mark Antonation