Openings and Closings

Restaurant Roll Call: Every Opening and Closing in June 2020

Doña Mezcaleria, the backstreet alter ego of Adelitas, is open in the former home of Palenque.
Doña Mezcaleria, the backstreet alter ego of Adelitas, is open in the former home of Palenque. Courtesy of Adelitas
Restaurants continue to open even as the coronavirus pandemic continues, but tracking closings has proven difficult, as many eateries remain shuttered while they wait for economic and safety conditions to improve. Some places have announced their intentions, however; for example, the Fresh Fish  Co. shared the following message with its loyal customers this week:

It is with great sadness in our hearts, that after 40 years of serving the Denver Community Our Landmark Seafood Restaurant THE FRESH FISH COMPANY will be closing its doors permanently! We will also be closing One of Denver's Longest standing Nightclubs The Proof Niteclub (also known as The Proof of the Pudding) this club has been open continuously for over 42 years! 
In their message, owners Karen Kristopeit-Parker and Tim Bell said that continued overhead during the 75 days when the restaurant was closed combined with a slow recovery once the Fresh Fish Company reopened, led them to the decision to permanently shutter their eatery and the adjacent nightclub.

Not all of June's restaurant news has been sad, though. A number of new places have sprung up, and Toast Fine Food & Coffee, a Littleton breakfast staple since 2006, has reopened in a new space just a mile from its original location. Co-owner Jason Parfenoff says his staff finished brunch service on Sunday, June 28, and then packed up the whole restaurant and reopened in time for breakfast service on Monday, June 29.

Here's our complete list of openings and closings in June 2020. For restaurants making a comeback after the COVID-related closings, see our lists of Denver and Boulder reopenings.

Restaurants and Bars Opening in June*
Doña Mezcaleria (formerly Palenque Mezcaleria), 13 East Louisiana Avenue
Happy Go Lucky (at Ace Eat Serve), 501 East 17th Avenue
Route 40 Cafe, 2550 East Colfax Avenue
Seoul ManDoo, 2222 South Havana Street, Aurora
Stokes Poké, 5115 Morrison Road
Sweetgreen, 275 St. Paul Street and 1750 Wewatta Street
Tacos El Metate, 2060 South University Boulevard

Restaurants Moving This Month
Toast Fine Food & Coffee (from 2700 West Bowles Avenue), 2630 West Belleview Avenue, Littleton

Restaurants and Bars Closing in June*

*Or earlier, and not previously reported.

Do you know of any openings or closings not on this list? 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.
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