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:
Restaurants and Bars Opening This Week*
AOI Sushi & Izakaya, 3303 30th Street, Boulder
Hidden Idol, 2240 Clay Street
Norm's Deli (inside Zeppelin Station), 3501 Wazee Street
Post Oak Barbecue, 4000 Tennyson Street
Smiley's, 15800 West Colfax Avenue, Golden
Thirsty 30 Craft Kitchen & Tap, 5428 South Parker Road, Aurora
Restaurants and Bars Closing This Week*
Bones (Saturday), 701 Grant Street
Shelby's Bar & Grill, 519 18th Street
*Or earlier, and not previously reported.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to Westword's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Denver's stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
The comings and goings of food and drink establishments is just part of the business, and tracking them all keeps us very busy.
We publish a list summarizing the action every month; you'll see the June tally next week. In the meantime, here's May's Restaurant Roll Call, in case you missed it.
Have you spotted any other openings or closings that aren't on our list? Let us know in the comments, or send an email to email@example.com.