Openings and Closings

Every Restaurant Opening and Closing This Week, August 1-7

Glasses of vino are half off during happy hour at new wine bar Trellis.
Glasses of vino are half off during happy hour at new wine bar Trellis. Molly Martin
This week, fears about the spreading Delta variant resurrected conversations among Denver restaurant owners and operators about pandemic-era rules like masks along with a new hot topic: the idea of requiring proof of vaccine for indoor dining. In the back of everyone's mind is a fear of more mandated shutdowns, which would be disastrous to the industry.

But for now, we have another week with no restaurant closings to report. And the openings are mostly breweries — none of which opened in 2020. In July alone, seven debuted; on August 6, Cohesion Brewing opened its doors. It's pouring unique Czech beers at York Street Yards, a massive redevelopment project in the Clayton neighborhood.

At the heavy metal-themed TRVE Brewing on Broadway, Music City Hot Chicken opened a walk-up window, giving Denver easy access to a take on the Nashville-born specialty that MCHC introduced to Colorado when the original location opened in Fort Collins in 2016.

Over at the new Park Hill Commons development, Trellis Wine Bar opened in June. It slipped past us at the time — maybe because it's tucked back off the street — but it's worth seeking out for the wines by the glass that are half off during happy hour and the small menu of charcuterie, cheese and other snacks (ahem — cookies and cream Rice Krispies treats).

Here's the complete list of bar and restaurant openings this week:
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Just try it: Cohesion's dark lager is poured in the mlíko way.
Sarah Cowell
Restaurants and bars opening this week:*

Cohesion Brewing, 3851 Steele Street, Unit 1388
Comet Brews, 5642 South Sycamore Street, Littleton
Fritz Family Brewers, 6778 North 79th Street, Niwot
Howlin Wind Brewing & Blending, 51 A Main Street, Rollinsville
Music City Hot Chicken, 277 Broadway
Reverence Brewing, 1604 East 17th Avenue
Smash Face Brewing, 1941 Market Street
Trellis Wine Bar, 2868 Fairfax Street

*Or earlier and not previously reported.

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Molly Martin is the Westword Food & Drink editor. She’s been writing about the dining scene in Denver since 2013, and was eating her way around the city long before that. She enjoys long walks to the nearest burrito joint and nights spent sipping cocktails on Colfax.
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