Chefs and restaurateurs finally took a breather at the beginning of 2020, launching far fewer new projects in January than was the monthly average for 2019. But quality prevailed over quantity, with a new winery called Attimo creating wines in Italy and blending, aging and bottling them here in Denver; a re-remodeled Campus Lounge that captures the spirit of the old Washington Park favorite while updating the menu and drinks list (but not too much); and a new Italian eatery, Restaurant Olivia, taking the place of Cafe Marmotte near Washington Park West.
Burgers lost the battle in January, with Oskar Blues spin-off Chuburger going dark on Larimer Street and American Grind grinding to a halt on South Pennsylvania Avenue. The restaurant had previously posted a note stating that it was temporarily closed for repairs, but the closing became permanent after American Grind found a newer — and presumably cheaper — home inside cocktail bar American Bonded at 2706 Larimer Street.
Here's our complete list of bar and restaurant openings in January 2020:
Restaurants and Bars Opening in January*
Attimo, 2246 Larimer Street
Blue Sparrow Coffee, 1615 Platte Street
Broadway Gardens, (inside Broadway Market), 950 Broadway
The Broken Cage, 2420 17th Street
Campus Lounge, 701 South University Boulevard
Jubilee Roasting Co., 1075 Park Avenue West
The Lake House Kitchen & Tavern, 8026 West Bowles Avenue
Lazo Empanadas, 303 16th Street
Mango Mango, 1144 South Colorado Boulevard
Melted (at the Source), 3330 Brighton Boulevard
Prelude & Post, 1335 Curtis Street
Restaurant Olivia, 290 South Downing Street
Su Taco (formerly Ignite), 2124 Larimer Street
Tacos Al Chile (inside Broadway Market), 950 Broadway
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Restaurants Changing Names in January*
Nug Nugs Diner (under new ownership), from Kyle's Kitchen, 4018 Tennyson Street
Restaurants and Bars Closing in January*
American Grind, 81 South Pennsylvania Avenue
Chuburger, 3490 Larimer Street
Hotbox Roasters, 3450 Larimer Street
The Pub at Boulder Beer, 2880 Wilderness Place, Boulder
Rose & Thorn and the Double Barrel Club, 1433 17th Street
Wholly Cannoli, 22691 East Aurora Parkway, Aurora
Wild Woods Brewery, 5460 Conestoga Court, Boulder
*Or earlier, and not previously reported.
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