Denver's restaurant scene was a little slow this week, but up in Fort Collins, chef Kevin Grossi launched the Regional as a full brick-and-mortar restaurant after its two-year run as a counter-service operation inside Avanti Food & Beverage. Grossi is now serving an expanded menu of the regional American dishes that made his eatery a favorite at the LoHi food hall.
Back in Denver, there were a couple of shuffles on Larimer Street. American Bonded opened last spring with food truck J Street Kitchen as its culinary partner, but True West Kitchen has now taken over with a new menu. A few blocks away, there was a quick turnaround at the just-closed Phil's Place; new owner Leigh Jones and her partners launched the Embassy Tavern there on October 18, with new floors and a new bar top, among other minor changes.
And another neighborhood hangout is about to reopen: On Sunday, October 21, the Campus Lounge will be back in business at 701 South University Boulevard, under new owners who are returning the place to its sports-loving roots. Will the third time be the charm for this spot?
Here's our complete list of bar and restaurant openings and closings for the week of October 15 through October 21, plus links to recent and upcoming openings.
Restaurants and Bars Opening This Week*
The Embassy Tavern (formerly Phil's Place), 3463 Larimer Street
The Regional, 130 South Mason Street, Fort Collins
Reunion Coffee House, 10601 Reunion Parkway, Commerce City
True West Kitchen (at American Bonded), 2706 Larimer Street
*Or earlier, and not previously reported.
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