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Namkeen will close on January 31 at Zeppelin Station.EXPAND
Namkeen will close on January 31 at Zeppelin Station.
Mark Antonation

Every Bar and Restaurant Opening and Closing This Week

One of Denver's most original fast-casual counters, Namkeen, will soon close up shop. Spuntino owners Cindhura Reddy and Elliot Strathmann opened Namkeen inside Zeppelin Station (3501 Wazee Street) last spring as an homage to Reddy's south Indian roots. But now the couple has decided to return all of their focus to Spuntino, their neighborhood Italian eatery that combines international and homegrown Colorado elements into Reddy's cuisine and Strathmann's housemade amaro program.

Here's what the two announced in Spuntino's recent email newsletter:

It has become clear recently that we've been facing a choice between devoting our time and energy in maintaining our small, south Indian concept in Zeppelin Station while that neighborhood builds slowly over the coming years, and stepping back and refocusing on the space and community that has already provided so much to us over the years. So much of our pride in what we do comes not only from the hard work and passion behind the food and drink we put out for the Denver community, but in the relationships we've built over what we're passionate about. Considering the immensely personal nature of the cuisine we built Namkeen around, the reception and support we saw in the past year from so many of you has meant more to us than we can describe. We will be serving as usual through next Thursday, January 31 and hope to see many of you in the next week. While we're sorry for the short notice, do know that this won't be the last chance to enjoy the wonderful flavors we've celebrated with Namkeen, and you'll be sure to hear about any and all future chances to enjoy them. Our sincere thanks to you all for your ongoing support and kindness. 


Here's our complete list of restaurant and bar openings and closings for the week of January 21 through 27, 2019, plus links to our original coverage.

Restaurants and Bars Opening This Week*
African Grill & Bar, 955 South Kipling Parkway, Lakewood
AJ's Pit Bar-B-Q, 2180 South Delaware Street
Masa, 8181 Arista Place, Broomfield
Players Pub, 8 South Broadway
Reunion Bread Co. (inside the Source), 3350 Brighton Boulevard
Saigon Bistro, 12303 East Mississippi Avenue, Aurora
Woo Ri Korean Restaurant, 2648 South Parker Road, Aurora

Restaurants and Bars Closing This Week*
Block & Larder (Saturday), 4000 Tennyson Street
RiNo Yacht Club (Sunday), 3350 Brighton Boulevard
Uturn BBQ, 599 Crossing Drive, Lafayette

*Or earlier, and not previously reported.

Block & Larder is closing at 4000 Tennyson Street.
Block & Larder is closing at 4000 Tennyson Street.
Danielle Lirette

"Block & Larder Owners Close to Focus on Freshcraft Downtown"

Brisket, ribs, sausage and pastrami, with housemade sauces and pickles at AJ's.EXPAND
Brisket, ribs, sausage and pastrami, with housemade sauces and pickles at AJ's.
Maureen Witten

"Rebranded Barbecue Joint Launches With Daily Service and Liquor License"

Tom Martinez (left) owns Blind Faith Brewing.
Tom Martinez (left) owns Blind Faith Brewing.
Blind Faith Brewing

"DeSteeg's Owner Will Open Blind Faith Brewing in Saint Patrick's Beer Space"

Barbed Wire Reef will open on Tuesday, January 29, at 4499 West 38th Avenue.
Barbed Wire Reef will open on Tuesday, January 29, at 4499 West 38th Avenue.

"Barbed Wire Reef Goes From Food Truck to Restaurant"

Players Pub moves into the old Swift's Steakhouse location at Ellsworth and Broadway.EXPAND
Players Pub moves into the old Swift's Steakhouse location at Ellsworth and Broadway.
Mark Antonation

"New Arcade Bar Opens in Former Broadway Home of Swift's Steakhouse"

Have you spotted any other restaurant and bar openings and closings that aren't on this list? Let us know in the comments or send an email to cafe@westword.com.

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