Openings and Closings

Opus Fine Dining Sings Its Last Aria in Cherry Creek

Opus Fine Dining, the Cherry Creek eatery that sprang from the merging of Aria and the original Opus in Littleton, closed over the weekend at 250 Josephine Street. Although the space has had a reputation as a black hole for dining establishments in the past, word has it that the closure is due to redevelopment and that the ownership group will seek a new home for the restaurant.

Opus managed to stay in business in the spot for five years (including its time as Aria), quite a feat considering that over the last 15 years, neighbors have seen Papillon, Indigo, Go Fish Grill, Tula and Juicy Lucy's Steakhouse come and go.

Meanwhile, the rest of Cherry Creek is seeing quite a restaurant resurgence, with Blue Island Oyster Bar, Del Frisco's Grille, Osaka Ramen and Kobe An all kicking off in 2015 and Matsuhisa, 801 Chophouse, Departure, Sol Cocina and the Thirsty Lion set to open in 2016.

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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