Openings and Closings

All the Restaurant and Bar Openings and Closings This Week

The doors are closed at Emmerson in Boulder.
The doors are closed at Emmerson in Boulder. Mark Antonation
Restaurateurs took a breather in mid-January; this has been one of the quietest weeks for openings in some time. But the same can't be said for closings — at least in Boulder. Emmerson, which opened with big ambitions in August 2017 in the former home of Lyfe Kitchen at 1600 Pearl Street, is now closed. Initially open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it offered inventive cuisine, housemade breads and pastries, and a novel cocktail program (the drinks menu was literally a graphic novel). At the end of 2017, we named the eatery one of the best new restaurants of that year. But that was then...

Also in Boulder, the longstanding Rio Grande restaurant is closed — sort of. The physical space at 1101 Walnut Street is dark while it's being remodeled, but the Rio Grande is still serving its potent margaritas and Tex Mex food at 1701 Pearl Street (the old home of Ted's Montana Grill, which closed earlier this month) until renovations are finished.

Here's our complete list of restaurant and bar openings and closings for the week of January 14-20, 2019, plus links to coverage of recent and upcoming openings and closings.

Restaurants and Bars Moving This Week*
Rio Grande, 1701 Pearl Street (temporary location while 1101 Walnut Street is being renovated)

Restaurants and Bars Closing This Week*
Emmerson, 1600 Pearl Street
The Three Lions, 2239 East Colfax Avenue

*Or earlier, and not previously reported.

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Masa opens at Arista Broomfield on January 21.
Mark Antonation
"Masa Makes Two for Kevin Taylor at Broomfield's Arista Development "

The Three Lions is closed and will become a new style of sports bar.
Sarah McGill
"English Soccer Pub Will Soon Become Colfax Sports & Brew"

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SoBar is aiming for the RiNo neighborhood for a new restaurant location.
Courtesy SoBar
"SoBar Looks to Build Connection, Cuisine and Community"

Avanti F&B will soon have a Boulder sibling.
Danielle Lirette
"Avanti F&B Is Coming to Boulder This Year"

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North Denver residents will soon be able to shop at Leevers Locavore.
Courtesy Leevers Locavore
"More Details on Leevers Locavore, Coming to Denver's 'Northside'"

While the list is short this week, we recently compiled a long roster of openings and closings for 2018. There were more than 230 openings last year, so there were probably one or two new spots that you missed. Scroll through and pick a few to try out soon.

And if that's just too intimidating, we also narrowed down that list to our favorites for the year. Read all about the best new restaurants and the best new bars of 2018 in those lists.

Do you know of any recent bar or restaurant opening or closings that aren't in this post? 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