Dozens of restaurants closed in the metro area over the past year, ranging from such old-timers as the Trail Dust Steak House, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and Chez Jose to newcomers like XO, which both opened and closed in 2009.
But many, many more restaurants that opened this past year stuck around to ring in 2010. Here's our Restaurant Roll Call for 2009:
RESTAURANTS THAT OPENED IN 2009
Eateries that opened last year ran from A -- among them, Robert Thompson's Argyll, which got a rave from Jason Sheehan -- to Z, with ZanZBar opening December 1 in the former Market Central space.
9th Avenue Grill, 900 Jersey Street
A Taste of Mexico, 880 Happy Canyon Road, Castle Rock Aboba, 5810 West Alameda Avenue Archive Room, 5601 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada Argyll, 2700 East Third Avenue Arugula, 2785 Iris Street, Boulder Arvada Tavern, 5707 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada
Baker Street Pub, 2831 West 120th Avenue, Westminster Barking Goat, 363 Village Square, Castle Rock Beaver Dam, 7545 East Iliff Avenue Belemonti's Pizzeria, 644 Santa Fe Drive The Bistro at Tony's Market, 950 Broadway Blue Moo'd Lounge, 5950 South Platte Canyon Drive, Littleton Blue Rox Grill, 9271 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree Bombay Bowl, 12023 East Arapahoe Road, Centennial Boney's Barbeque, 1555 Champa Street Boulder Drafthouse, 2027 13th Street, Boulder Brio Tuscan Grille, 2500 East First Avenue Buckin' Harleys, 1451 Cortez Street Buffalo Wild Wings, 15570 West 64th Avenue, Arvada Burrito King, 5677 South Himalaya Street, Aurora
CY Steak, 1222 Glenarm Place Cafe Colorado, 287 Columbine Street Cafe Options, 1650 Curtis Street Can Tho Pho, 1036 South Federal Boulevard Casselman's Bar & Venue, 2620 Walnut Street Chasers, 11964 Washington Street, Northglenn Cheba Hut, 1531 Champa Street Cheddars, 15775 East Briarwood Circle, Aurora Chile Verde, 3700 Navajo Street Choppers Custom Salad Works, 5302 DTC Boulevard, Greenwood Village Cielito Lindo, 4401 Tejon Street Cilantro Fusion, 1531 Stout Street Circle, 1035 Pearl Street, Boulder Club Level Sports Bar, 1885 West 120th Avenue, Westminster Colore Pizza Moderna, 2700 South Broadway Colt & Gray, 1553 Platte Street Confections, 609 East 13th Avenue
Den Deli & Seafood Market, 1501 South Pearl Street Denver ChopHouse, Concourse A, DIA Denver Pizza Company, 309 West 11th Avenue Des Des, 7401 East Colfax Avenue Diego Zhang's, Streets of Southglenn, Centennial Doghouse Tavern, 3100 South Sheridan Boulevard Dragonfly Asian Bistro, 6790 South Cornerstar Way, Aurora The Drink, 1320 15th Street
Earls, 201 Columbine El Senor Sol, 8236 South Holly, Centennial Empanada Express Grill, 2600 East Street, Golden Ernie's Bar and Pizza, 2915 West 44th Avenue
Fidel's, 12 East 11th Avenue Firehouse Subs, 10600 Grant Street in Thornton Fogo de Chao, 1513 Wynkoop Street The Front Page, 7700 East Colfax Avenue Full Belly, 2779 Iris Street, Boulder
GB Fish & Chips, 2175 Sheridan Boulevard Ganja Gourmet, 1810 South Broadway Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, 1100 Sergeant Jon Stiles Drive, Highlands Ranch Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, 8225 South Chester, Englewood Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, 8246 West Bowles Avenue Gaspare's Italian Diner/Gaspare's Bakery, 11020 South Pikes Peak Drive, Parker Gelato Spot, 607 East 13th Avenue Giovanni's Italian Cafe, 3355 South Yarrow, Lakewood Greeks Gone Wild, 2039 South University Boulevard
Hana Matsuri, 2821 West 120th Avenue, Westminster Happy, 835 Walnut Street, Boulder Heaven Star, 7600 West 120th Avenue, Broomfield Hi*Rise, 2162 Larimer Street Home, Streets of Southglenn, 6911 South University Boulevard, Centennial House, 4363 Tennyson Street Houston's, 303 Josephine Street Hutch & Spoon, 3090 Larimer Street
IceHouse Tavern, 1801 Wynkoop Street Illegal Pete's, 1744 East Evans Avenue Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 901 West Tenth Avenue
Jack-N-Grill, 2630 West Belleview Avenue, Littleton Jimmy John's, 331 East Alameda Avenue
Kaos,1439 South Pearl Street Katie Mullen's,1550 Court Place
La Brisa, 375 South Pearl Street Lakeside Waffles, 4335 West 44th Avenue Larimer Hot House, 2810 Larimer Street Larkburger, 2525 Arapahoe, Boulder Lenny's Sub Shop, 726 Lincoln Street Leobardo's Taco Shop, 825 South Federal Boulevard The Living Room, 1055 Broadway Lizard's, 1920 Blake Street The Lobby American Grille, 2191 Arapahoe Street LoHi Steakbar, 3200 Tejon Street Los Carboncitos, 15210 East Sixth Avenue
Mamma Mia, 9008 West 88th Avenue, Westminster Mangiamo Pronto!, 1601 17th Street Marmalade, 2796 South Broadway Mary Jane's Pizza, 2013 West 32nd Avenue Mellow Mushroom, the Streets of Southglenn, Centennial miniBAR, 2623 East Second Avenue Modmarket, 1600 28th Street, Boulder My Pizza Peel, 1645 Stout Street
Noodles & Company, 1737 East Evans Avenue
Oak Tavern, 1416 Market Street Oasis Bar & Grill, 1523 Market Street Olivea, 719 East 17th Avenue Ondo's, 250 Steele Street Organixx,1520 Blake Street Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids,1555 South Hover Street, Longmont The Oven, 6955 East York Street, Littleton
Park Burger, 1890 South Pearl Street Patsy's Pizza, 3651 Navajo Street Perky Cups, 12101 East Iliff Avenue, Aurora Pho-Yo, 2179 South Parker Road, Aurora Pho Bowlevard Vietnamese Grill, 5950 South Platte Canyon Road, Littleton Pho Fusion, 4802 West 38th Avenue Pho on 6th, 1312 East Sixth Avenue Pico de Gallo, 2925 West 38th Avenue Pizza Republica, 5375 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village Presto Pizza Buffet, 500 East Hampden Avenue, Englewood Prickly Pete's, 5151 Leetsdale Drive Primebar, 1515 Arapahoe Street
Rack & Rye, 1320 15th Street Rackhouse Pub, 200 South Kalamath Street Rib House, 1801 13th Street, Boulder Rooster & Moon Coffee Pub, 955 Bannock Street
SALT Bistro, 1047 Pearl Street, Boulder Saigon Landing, 6585 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Greenwood Village Saj Mediterranean Grill, Streets of Southglenn, Centennial Shanahan's, 5085 South Syracuse Street The Salad Bowl, 4086 South Parker Road, Aurora Sam Taylor's BBQ Xpress, 4666 South Yosemite, Greenwood Village Santiago's XII, 2505 Federal Boulevard Simm's Steakhouse, 11911 West Sixth Avenue, Lakewood Sketch, 101 Broadway SkyBox Lounge at Stadium 14, Streets of SouthGlenn, Centennial Smashburger, 832 East 120th Street, Thornton Smashburger, 2630 South Parker Road, Aurora Snarf's, 1101 East 11th Avenue Snooze, 700 Colorado Boulevard The SportsBook, 1434 Blake Street Squeaky Bean, 3301 Tejon Street Sweet Action, 52 Broadway
TAG, 1441 Larimer Street Tacos Rapidos, 2345 West Alameda Avenue Thai Chili 16221 East 40th Avenue Tilted Kilt, 1201 16th Street Toast, 222 Columbine Street Tonti's, 2120 South Broadway Tosh's Cantina, 8101 East Belleview Avenue Trattoria Stella, 3201 East Colfax Avenue Twisted Olive, 8270 East Northfield Boulevard
Udi's, 7600 Grandview Boulevard, Arvada Upslope Brewing Company Tap Room, 1501 Lee Hill Road, Boulder Urban Sombrero Bar and Grill, 16221 East 40th Avenue
Vert Kitchen, 704 South Pearl Street Vina Pho and Grill, 2045 Sheridan Boulevard Yanni's, 5425 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village
ZanZBar Billiards, 2046 Larimer Street ZPizza, 4940 South Yosemite, Greenwood Village
Next: Closings RESTAURANTS THAT CLOSED IN 2009
The eateries that closed in 2009 also ran the gamut from A (Aix) to Z (the downtown Zaidy's, which turned into the bizarre Zaidy's Fusion Grill before disappearing altogether).
Aix, 719 East 17th Avenue Alto, 1320 15th Street Auld Dubliner, 2796 South Broadway
Bimbamboo, 1710 Pearl Street, Boulder Blackberries Bar & Grill, 3090 Downing Street The Border, 2014 South University Boulevard Brandon's Pub, 955 Lincoln Street Buenos Aires Grill, 2919 Arapahoe Street Bump & Grind Cafe, 439 East 17th Avenue
Cafe Etoile, 375 South Pearl Street Cebiche, 2257 West 32nd Avenue Chapter Two BBQ and Grill, 2260 South Quebec Street Chedd's Gourmet Grilled Cheese, 1906 Pearl Street Chedd's Gourmet Grilled Cheese, 8966 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton Chez Jose, 3027 East Second Avenue Chopsticks & Sushi, 1630 Welton Street Colorado Burgers, 4930 South Yosemite Street, Englewood Clancy's Irish Pub, 10117 West 37th Place, Wheat Ridge
ESPN Zone, 1187 16th Street Emily's Gourmet-To-Go, 1543 Champa Street
Gelazzi, Larimer Square Gemelli's, 4363 Tennyson Street Grazzi Grazio Italian Grill & Bar, 9271 Park Meadows Drive, Park Meadows Grilled Skewer Vietnamese, 890 South Monaco Parkway
Ha Noi Pho, 1036 Federal Boulevard Hospoda, 3763 Wynkoop Street
Jet South, 8000 East Belleview, Greenwood Village Juicy Lucy's, 250 Josephine Street
Macaroni Grill, 2500 East First Avenue Maxwell's, 7340 South Clinton Street, Englewood Meltz, 4335 West 44th Avenue Mojitos, 1120 East Sixth Avenue Mr. Coco's, 925 Lincoln Street
Nine75, 975 Lincoln Street Nosh, 1439 South Pearl Street
Old School Burgers, 901 West Hampden Avenue Old School Burgers, 3995 North Lewiston Way Otto's Cantina, 16221 East 40th Avenue Otto's Cantina, 18366 Lincoln Avenue, Parker
P.B. Loco Cafe, Southlands Pho 99, 2200 West Alameda Avenue Pho Hoa, 1824 South Sheridan Boulevard Pizzeria Mundo, 1312 17th Street Pizzicato Gourmet Pizza, 1300 Pennsylvania Street Pulcinella, 1800 Lawrence Street
Red Room, 320 East Colfax Avenue Rib Shack, 4736 East Colfax Avenue Ristras, 11961 Bradburn Boulevard, Westminster Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 1445 Market Street
San Lorenzo Ristorante, 2500 East Orchard Road, Greenwood Village Santoro's Brick Oven Pizza, 9500 Heritage Hills Circle, Lone Tree Santor's Brick Oven Pizza, 151 West Mineral, Littleton Sengers on the Fax, 3014 East Colfax Avenue Senor Rita's, 5007 East Colfax Avenue Sisters Pizza and Mussels, 2255 Sheridan Boulevard Spud Brothers, 2010 10th Street, Boulder Squealing Pig, 2700 East Third Avenue Stage 2, 2729 Welton Street Sunflower, 1701 Pearl Street, Boulder
(212) Cafe, 1710 Sherman Street Theorie, 1920 Market Street Tosh's Cantina, 8101 East Belleview Avenue Trail Dust Steak House, 7101 South Clinton Street, Centennial Treo, 9070 Maximus Drive, Lone Tree
Vella's, 3000 South Federal Boulevard
Next: Restaurants that opened and closed, restaurants that moved RESTAURANTS THAT OPENED AND CLOSED IN 2009
Some eateries closed their doors within weeks of opening them in 2009.
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BB O'Reilley's,1500 West Littleton Boulevard, Littleton Fresko, 5062 South Syracuse Street Garhing, 1048 South Federal Boulevard Johnie's Bar-B-Que, 5280 West 25th Avenue, Edgewater Mark & Isabella, 425 South Teller Street, Lakewood Otto's Grill, 2200 Market Street Samba Brazil, 5075 Leetsdale Drive South Broadway Grill, 2200 South Broadway XO at the Jet Hotel, 1612 Wazee Street Zaidy's Fusion Grill,1512 Larimer Street
RESTAURANTS THAT MOVED IN 2009
And others finally decided to leave their homes of many years (25, in the case of the Egg Shell) for better space.
3 Sons, 14805 West 64th Avenue, Arvada (moved from 2915 West 44th Avenue) Chopsticks China Bistro, 5117 South Yosemite Street, Greenwood Village (moved from 2990 West Mississippi Avenue) Common Grounds, 1550 17th Street (moved from 1601 17th Street) Egg Shell, 235 Fillmore Street (moved from 300 Josephine Street) India's Restaurant, now at 7400 East Hampden Avenue (moved from 3333 South Tamarac Drive) V.G. Burgers, 1650 Broadway, Boulder (moved from 3267 28th Street, Boulder)