Openings and Closings

All the Restaurant and Bar Openings and Closings This Week

Illegal Burger owner Jim Nixon is launching AmeriCanna Cafe.
Illegal Burger owner Jim Nixon is launching AmeriCanna Cafe. Scott Lentz

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click to enlarge RUMTUM's mural at Barnhouse Tap, which just opened in Englewood. - KENZIE BRUCE
RUMTUM's mural at Barnhouse Tap, which just opened in Englewood.
Kenzie Bruce
"Barnhouse Tap Adds All-Colorado Bar to Englewood"

click to enlarge This will soon be Leevers Locavore. - MARK ANTONATION
This will soon be Leevers Locavore.
Mark Antonation
"Upscale Local Marketplace Takes Over Vacant Highland Save-a-Lot"

click to enlarge Do the OK Poke at Zeppelin Station. - ADAM LARKEY
Do the OK Poke at Zeppelin Station.
Adam Larkey
"Bar and Poke Changes at Two Zeppelin Food Halls"

click to enlarge Hot pot with beef, mussels, squid and fresh vegetables. - MARK ANTONATION
Hot pot with beef, mussels, squid and fresh vegetables.
Mark Antonation
"Daughter of New Saigon Founders Opens Savory Vietnam"

This Illegal Burger veggie burger could soon be cannabis-infused at AmeriCanna Cafe. - ILLEGAL BURGER
This Illegal Burger veggie burger could soon be cannabis-infused at AmeriCanna Cafe.
Illegal Burger
"Illegal Burger Owner Partners on New Cannabis-Infused Food Company"

That this past week didn't see many openings was no surprise; the scene needed a break after 2018, another big year for restaurant openings — and closings — in metro Denver. Last year, we chronicled more than 230 openings of new restaurants and bars, ranging from Acova, which filled the big shoes left behind by Patsy's, to Zocalito, the last eatery to open in 2018.

The new year started out with a bang: Both King's Land and Lost Highway closed on January 1. And while many new spots are slated to open this year, we anticipate more closings, too.

Have you spotted any openings or closings that we may have missed? 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.
Contact: Mark Antonation