Second Helpings

Restaurant Roll Call: All the Openings and Closings in Denver in June

June saw a bounteous harvest of restaurant openings, with a variety of flavors to match Denver's increasingly diverse scene. Cuban sandwich shops, tiny taquerias and even a Mexican-Korean fusion joint joined spacious new downtown dazzlers, Sicilian trattorias and a health-centered vegetarian eatery.

Familiar names dotted the landscape, with the Pig & the Sprout launched by Andy Ganick, owner of the Berkshire in Stapleton; Vital Root coming from Justin Cucci and his Edible Beats team; and Moxie Eatery, a surprise on Broadway from longtime Denver chef Dylan Moore.

Closings were few, too. Red Octave called it quits, as did the original Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria in Boulder. And Caveau Wine Bar will soon become a cocktail bar called Blueprint. 

Here's our complete list of bar and restaurant openings and closing for June 2016:

American Cultures, 3233 Tejon Street
Banded Oak Brewing Company, 470 Broadway
Bruz Beers, 1675 West 67th Avenue
Chuey Fu's Latin-Asian Grub, 1131 Santa Fe Drive
Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria, 8261 Northfield Boulevard
Fritangas La Pili, 1733 West Mississippi Avenue
Grillerz, 2950 South Broadway
Harvest by Kelly Liken, 1265 Berry Creek Road, Edwards
Illegal Burger, 609 Grant Street
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 303 16th Street
Mariscos El Picudo, 5201 West Mississippi Avenue, Lakewood
Moxie Eatery, 70 Broadway
Pica's Mexican Taqueria, 901 Front Street, Louisville
The Pig & the Sprout, 1900 Chestnut Street
Retrograde (inside Frozen Matter), 530 East 19th Avenue
Rubio's Coastal Grill, 224 Union Boulevard, Lakewood
Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern, 14643 Orchard Parkway, Westminster
Saltgrass Steak House, 1585 Lawrence Street
, 3434 West 32nd Avenue
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill, 201 Columbine Street
Torchy's Tacos, 8281 Northfield Boulevard
V Express, 333 South Federal Boulevard
Vital Root, 3915 Tennyson Street

Viet's Restarant (moved one space over), 333 South Federal Boulevard

Caveau Wine Bar, 450 East 17th Avenue
Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria, 2525 Arapahoe Street, Boulder
Red Octave, 4900 East Colfax Avenue

*Or earlier, and not reported in a previous Roll Call. See the Restaurant Roll Call for May 2016 here.
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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.
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