Openings and Closings

Every Restaurant and Bar Opening and Closing This Week

The locals will no longer be gathering at Shelby's.
The locals will no longer be gathering at Shelby's. Mark Antonation
As we reported in April, Shelby's was slated to close sometime in June, as the building had been sold to a Canadian development firm that plans to knock down downtown's last remaining free-standing bar and put up a pair of high-rise buildings on the property. That day came last week, when the bar closed for good. Shelby's served downtown for more than forty years, and before that the joint was called the Pink Lady. In 2016, Esquire included the watering hole in a roundup of the "18 Best Bars in America" — hyperbole for sure, but Shelby's will certainly be among the most lamented closings of 2019.

Meanwhile, another bar has risen from the dead. Hidden Idol, the tiki bar above Southside Kitchen and Bar, which closed on East Colfax two weeks ago, has reopened in Jefferson Park. Owner John Elliott took over the space vacated by Mackinzie's Cocktails & Wine in the River Clay apartment complex. While a complete list of tropical cocktails hasn't been published, Corpse Revivers and Zombies certainly seem appropriate. Hidden Idol is now open from 3 p.m. every day but Monday, including this coming Fourth of July.

Here's our complete list of restaurant and bar openings and closings for the week of June 24-30, plus links to coverage of recent and upcoming activity:

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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.
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