Openings and Closings

Every Restaurant Opening and Closing This Week, May 28-June 3

The Rio in downtown Denver opened its new location (with the same, strong margs)  on June 3.
The Rio in downtown Denver opened its new location (with the same, strong margs) on June 3. Rio Grande/Instagram
After a lot of action in the Denver dining scene in May, June is off to a slow start with just four openings and four closings to report this week.

We've lamented the loss of the hand-pulled noodles at Blue Ocean/Little Chengdu, which shut down on May 31 after its Denver Tech Center building was purchased by developers. In Arvada, longtime staple Golden Europe bid adieu as owners the Palla family decided to retire after 27 years in business. "The journey of this restaurant and the kindliness of our staff and customers has been extraordinary," they wrote in their farewell. And in Denver, both Freshcraft and the small-but-mighty To the Wind opted to shut down after struggling through the pandemic and continuing to face challenges such as supply-chain issues.

On May 30, Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant's longtime downtown location closed as well, but the margaritas will continue to flow in its new space, just a few blocks away on Wazee Street in the former home of Morton's. While Pato's Tacos doesn't serve margaritas, it has brought some stellar tacos to East Colfax.

Chef Joe Mazzocco debuted his Mama Lolita's in Broomfield with a soft opening on May 29. Grand-opening plans and permanent hours have yet to be announced as the eatery continues to add staff, but an Instagram post says that it's currently opening at 1 p.m. daily.

And Glendale got its first P.F. Chang's To-Go, a smaller, takeout-geared version of the chain's bistro-style locations. But before you load up on orange chicken, consider hitting up the nearby Noodles Express instead for authentic Szechuan cuisine. The restaurant nearly closed earlier this year, but got a second chance after fans showed an outpouring of support.

In other openings and closings news:
Here's the full list of restaurants and bars opening and closing this week:
click to enlarge Blue Ocean owner Jack Ning's hand-pulled noodles will be missed. - MOLLY MARTIN
Blue Ocean owner Jack Ning's hand-pulled noodles will be missed.
Molly Martin
Restaurants and bars opening this week:*

Mama Lolita's
, 8181 Arista Place, Broomfield
Pato's Tacos, 5038 East Colfax Avenue
P.F. Chang's To-Go, 400 Colorado Boulevard
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 1745 Wazee Street

Restaurants and bars closing this week:*


Blue Ocean/Little Chengdu, 8101 East Belleview Avenue
Freshcraft, 1530 Blake Street
Golden Europe, 6620 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada
To the Wind, 3333 East Colfax Avenue

*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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