Openings and Closings

Every Restaurant Opening and Closing This Week, May 7-13

Kuma's Corner's only Denver location shut down on May 8.
Kuma's Corner's only Denver location shut down on May 8. Kuma's Corner/Instagram
The dining scene saw a lot of action this week, with ten openings and four closures. Those included Ivy on 7th, which closed on May 8; the breakfast-and-lunch-spot was owned by the group that runs Angelo's Taverna, Logan Street Tavern and Carboy Winery, which recently opened a new location in Palisade. Being stretched too thin was a big driver for the group's decision to say goodbye to Ivy.

Nelly's Kitchen, which opened just eight months ago on Federal, has shut down as well. In a Facebook post, the owner wrote: "It has been an honor and privilege to serve our friends, family and community, and we thank you for your support throughout this journey. ... Stay tuned for the next chapter."

The heavy-metal-themed Kuma's Corner unexpectedly shuttered its spot in RiNo, the Chicago-based chain's only Denver outpost.

And Right Coast Pizza, which also has a location in Greeley, was forced to shut its Wheat Ridge outpost when its building was sold.
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A close-up of the bar top at Casey Jones, which opened May 13 on Broadway.
Molly Martin
Three bakeries are among this week's openings, including Funky Flame, which moved out of the Radiator in Sunnyside and debuted its new digs, an outdoor setup at the nearby Phillips Automotive. It will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wild Taco, a project from the owner of Barbed Wire Reef, took over the former Tacos Tequila Whiskey location in Governor's Park.

The golf bar trend continues to grow. The latest addition, One Shot Back, has two TrackMan simulators and a menu of libations with names inspired by the game like Hole in One, The Masters and Fizzbee Golf.

Early this month, the Handsome Boys finally opened RiNo County Club, another golf bar; the group's Casey Jones debuted May 13 on Broadway in the former home of a Giordano's. It serves New York-style pizza made by a former chef at Famous Original J's and is filled with homages to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

In other openings-and-closings news:
Here's the complete list of restaurants and bars opening and closing this week:
Funky Flame is now serving its breakfast sandwiches and more at a new location in Sunnyside.
Funky Flame/Instagram

Restaurants and bars opening this week:*

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop, 5715 Atrium Drive, Castle Rock
Casey Jones, 24 Broadway
Eternal Flavors Bakery, 5600 West Dartmouth Avenue
Funky Flame, 4358 Zuni Street
Lotus Flower Bakery, 333 South Federal Boulevard
One Shot Back, 2134 Curtis Street
Soi Kowboi at Gold Point, 3126 Larimer Street
Thai Lanna, 535 16th Street Mall
Velvet Elk Lounge, 2037 13th Street, Boulder
Wild Taco, 215 East 7th Avenue
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Nelly's Facebook
Restaurants and bars closing this week:*

Ivy on 7th, 410 East Seventh Avenue
Kuma's Corner, 3500 Delgany Street
Nelly's Kitchen, 3743 Federal Boulevard
Right Coast Pizza, 7100 West 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge

*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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