Openings and Closings

All the Restaurant and Bar Openings and Closings This Week

Duck with spaghetti squash tart tatin and citrus salad at the brand-new LeRoux.
Duck with spaghetti squash tart tatin and citrus salad at the brand-new LeRoux. Mark Antonation
A restaurant beginning with the letter Z — Zocalito, a Oaxacan-inspired Latin American restaurant — was the last eatery to open in Denver in 2018, capping a long roster of openings over the past twelve months. Also just sneaking in under the wire was LeRoux, chef Lon Symensma's tribute to the posh European restaurants he trained in as a young culinary student.

But Denver's about to lose a legend. Lines have been long at White Fence Farm since it was announced that the venerable fried chicken restaurant would close after dinner service on Sunday, December 30, 2018. The goats and other farm animals will all have new homes come 2019.

Here's our complete list of openings and closings for the week of December 24-30, plus links to our original coverage.

Restaurants and Bars Opening This Week*
LeRoux, 1555 Blake Street
Tacos La Junta, 395 Federal Boulevard
Zocalito, 999 18th Street

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

Restaurants and Bars Closing This Week*
White Fence Farm (Sunday), 6263 West Jewell Avenue, Lakewood

*Or earlier, and not previously reported.

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An hoja santa relleno with a chorizo, corn and tomatillo sauce.
Mark Antonation
"Zocalito Brings a Taste of Oaxaca to Downtown Denver"

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Finely sliced king trumpet mushrooms make the many layers of this appetizer at LeRoux.
Mark Antonation
"LeRoux Captures the Essence of Chef Lon Symensma's Culinary Journey"

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White Fence Farm will close on December 30, 2018.
White Fence Farm
"White Fence Farm Will Close After 45 Years, 5 Million Chicken Dinners"

With 2018 wrapping up, we've been looking back at a great year of dining and drinking. Here's our list of the best new restaurants of the year, as well as the best new bars.

As much as we were impressed by all the big-money openings of the year, we grew a little tired of the copycat nature of the restaurant industry. So we served up five restaurant trends we think should disappear in 2019.

Have you spotted any openings or closings that aren't on our list? Let us know in the comments or send an email to [email protected]. And watch for our 2018 Restaurant Roll Call coming January 1.
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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