Hundreds of new restaurants opened in metro Denver in 2012, ranging from enormous to intimate, exotic to old-fashioned. And at the same time, Denver also said so long to some longtime institutions, as well as a few spots that opened and shut in the same year.
RESTAURANTS/BARS/VENUES THAT OPENED IN 2012*:
Ace Eat Serve, 501 East 17th Avenue Adrift, 218 South Broadway Al Lado, 1610 Little Raven Street Amerigo Delicatus, 2449 Larimer Street Aoba, 1520 Blake Street Arlene's Bistro & Creperie, 2018 Broadway Street, Boulder Attivo, 955 Lincoln Street Bean Fosters, 720 Golden Ridge Road, Golden Beehive, 2018 10th Street, Boulder Big Choice Brewing Co., 7270 West 118th Place, Broomfield Big Easy Creole Kitchen, 250 Steele Street Big Hoss BBQ, 6955 South York Street, Centennial Billy's Gourmet Hot Dog, 2950 South Broadway, Englewood Bin 1884, 1886 South Pearl Street Black Crow, 1525 Blake Street Black Eye Coffee Shop, 3408 Navajo Street Black Shirt Brewing, 3719 Walnut Street Blue Sushi Sake Grill, 1616 16th Street Bob's Atomic Burger, 1310 Ford Street, Golden Bocadillo, 4044 Tejon Street Boom Yogurt Bar, 200 Quebec Street Bop & Gogi, 10639 East Briarwood Avenue, Centennial Bramble & Hare, 1970 13th Street, Boulder Brewery Rickoli, 4335 Wadsworth Boulevard, Wheat Ridge Bubba Chinos, 1361 Court Place Cafe Byblos Mediterranean Grill, 400 Corona Street Cafe Zuri, 3718 West 32nd Avenue Carries Place, 1426 East 22nd Avenue Casa Cuba, 1095 16th Street Caution: Taproom, 12445 East 39th Avenue Central Bistro & Bar, 1691 Central Street Charlie's Ice Cream Social, 3559 West 44th Avenue Cheapskates Action Sports Bar, 2627 South Parker Road, Aurora Chia's Breakfast & Lunch Counter, 16400 South Golden Road, Golden Chino Latino, 2200 Market Street Cinque Soldi Salumeria, 1284 South Pearl Street City Star Brewing, 321 Mountain Avenue, Berthoud Comida Cantina, 721 Confidence Drive, Longmont Copper Pot, 2796 South Broadway Corvus Coffee, 1947 South Broadway Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar, 1441 West 46th Avenue Cru A Wine Bar, Denver International Airport Deelish Foods, 1901 South Havana Street, Aurora The Desk, 230 East 13th Avenue DiFranco's, 955 Lincoln Street Dive Inn, 1380 South Broadway Street Dizzy's Donuts, 1606 Conestoga Street, Boulder Dragon Palace, 2040 South Havana Street, Aurora Drew's Deli, 988 Lincoln Street Drip Denver, 955 Lincoln Street Early Bird, 11940 Bradburn Boulevard, Westminster Eat+Drink, 1541 Platte Street Echo Brewing, 5969 Iris Parkway, Unit C, Firestone Elevation Beer Co., 115 Pahlone, Poncha Springs El Rico Dicho Menederia Y Taqueria, 10400 East Sixth Avenue, Aurora Finley's Pub, 375 South Pearl Street Fired Up, 1135 Bannock Street Fire on the Mountain, 3801 West 32nd Avenue Five Star Burgers, 555 Broadway Fooducopia's Corner Store and Cafe, 1939 East Kentucky Avenue Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 8234 South Kipling Parkway, Littleton Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 1200 Sergeant Jon Stiles Drive, Highlands Ranch The French Press, 15290 East Iliff Avenue, Aurora Fresh Healthy Cafe, 3000 East First Avenue Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, 14740 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood The Garden, 3435 Albion Street Gary Lee's Motor Club & Grub, 176 South Broadway Gatsby's, 1527 Wazee Street GB Fish & Chips, 5325 East Colfax Avenue Geisty's Dogg House, 1116 13th Street, Boulder Graze, 10047 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree Great Harvest Bakery, 7745 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada Gridiron Grille, 5650 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Englewood Grillin Wings & Things, 723 South University Boulevard Gumbo's Louisiana Style Cafe, 1033 East 17th Avenue Hapa Sushi, 1514 Blake Street Happy Coffee, 1 South Broadway Harold's and the Bayonet Room, 1940 Ken Pratt Boulevard Longmont Havana Street Station, 1911 South Havana Street, Aurora The Hawt Dog & Sausage Eatery, 3030 East Second Avenue H Burger Co, 1710 Pearl Street, Boulder Hideaway Kitchen + Bar, 25948 Genesee Trail Road, Golden Hodson's Bar & Grill, 999 18th Street Hogshead Brewery, 4430 West 29th Avenue Hoot and Howl, 8270 East 49th Avenue Hotmixology Lounge, 2026 Larimer Street Hugo's Colorado Beer & Spirits, 1205 East 13th Avenue Humble Pie, 300 Elati Street Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza, 1001 South Gaylord Street Indulge Bistro & Wine Bar, 1299 Washington Avenue, Golden Infinite Monkey Theorem taproom, 3200 Larimer Street iSushi, 801 Santa Fe Drive Jake's Brew Bar, 2540 West Main Street, Littleton Jelly, 1700 East Evans Avenue Jerome's Pizza, 11405 East Briarwood Avenue, Englewood Jezebel's, 3301 Tejon Street Juanita's, 32 South Broadway Kachina Southwestern Grill, 10600 Westminster Boulevard Kathmandu Kitchen, 16611 East Smoky Hill Road, Aurora Kirk's Soul Kitchen, 14107 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora The Kitchen Denver, 1530 16th Street La Cave, 360 Union Boulevard, Lakewood La Guarida Cubana, 5922 East Colfax Avenue La Revolucion Taqueria y Cantina, 701 Main Street, Louisville Larkburger, 11985 Washington Street, Northglenn Larkburger, 8555 West Belleview Avenue, Littleton Larkburger, 4660 West 121st Avenue, Broomfield Larkburger, 1617 California Street Leaf & Crumb, 4416 East Eighth Avenue Lil' Devils Ultra Lounge and Video Bar, 255 South Broadway Lil's & Lou's Wreck, 1432 Market Street Little Dragon, 1305 Krameria Street Local 46, 4586 Tennyson Street Lowry Beer Garden, 7577 East Academy Boulevard Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House, 1610 16th Street Lucky's Bakehouse & Creamery, 3990 Broadway, Boulder Makan Malaysian, 1859 South Pearl Street Mali Thai Cuisine, 4955 South Ulster Street Margs Taco Bistro, 200 Fillmore Street Masa Asian Kitchen, 1935 Federal Boulevard Masala Xpress, 14200 East Alameda Avenue, Aurora McAlister's Deli, 13950 East Mississippi Avenue, Aurora MegaFauna's cafe, 2701 Larimer Street Merchants Mile High Saloon, 2014 South University Boulevard Mici Handcrafted Italian, 2373 Central Park Boulevard Mile High Legends Grille, 1701 Bryant Street Mile High Spirits, 2920 Larimer Street Miller's Grille, 103 South Public Road, Lafayette Moe's Original Bar-B-Que, 675 30th Street, Boulder Mountain Standard, 193 Gore Creek Drive, Vail MSU Denver Dazbog, 1201 Fifth Street My Other Bar (in back of Campagna), 1120 East Sixth Avenue New Saigon Bakery & Deli, 630 South Federal Boulevard Nooch Vegan Market, 3360 Larimer Street NY Pizza Pub, 4340 West 35th Avenue Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew, 2810 Larimer Street Pablo's Coffee, 1300 Pennsylvania Street Panera Bread, 13100 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora Park House,1515 Madison Street Parma Trattoria & Mozzarella Bar, 1132 West Dillon Road, Louisville Parry's Pizzeria and Bar, 9567 South University Boulevard, Highlands Ranch Pasquini's Pizzeria, 777 East 17th Avenue PastaVino, 1043 Pearl Street, Boulder Patxi's Pizza, 3455 South University Boulevard, Englewood Pho 4 U, 3610 River Point Parkway, Sheridan Pho 79, 1600 Champa Street Pho 38 & Noodle House, 2915 West 38th Avenue Pho OK, 890 South Monaco Parkway Pho Saigon Star, 2045 South University Boulevard Pho Ta, 2200 West Alameda Avenue Pita Fresh, 2075 South University Boulevard PizzaDoodle, 6830 South University Boulevard, Centennial The Populist, 3163 Larimer Street Pizza Public, 3109 Federal Boulevard Pizzeria Di Olinto, 12023 East Arapahoe Road, Centennial Press Play, 1005 Pearl Street, Boulder Prost Brewing, 2540 19th Street Pub 17, 1750 Welton Street Punch Bowl - Social Food & Drink, 65 Broadway Red Poppy, 2120 West 29th Avenue Red Robin's Burger Works, 1600 California Street Red Robin's Burger Works, 1190 Auraria Parkway Red Star Deli, 1801 Wynkoop Street Restaurant Fourteen Seventy-Two, 1472 South Pearl Street Right Coast Pizza, 7100 West 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge Rocket Fizz, 9567 South University Boulevard, Littleton Roostercat Coffeehouse, 1045 Lincoln Street Safari Cafe, 3519 Brighton Boulevard Sakura House, 1255 19th Street Sassafras American Eatery, 2637 West 26th Avenue Satori, 940 Lincoln Street Serioz Pizzeria, 1336 East 17th Avenue Sexy Pizza, 1579 South Pearl Street Shin Sa Dong, 10293 East Iliff Avenue, Aurora Sidewinder, 4485 Logan Street, taken over by local musicians) Slice Works, 700 East Colfax Avenue Snarf's, 1729 East Evans Avenue Solids & Stripes Badass Billiards, 2046 Larimer Street (formerly Zanzibar Billiards Club) Spicy Ginger Asian Bistro, 290 South Downing Street Squeaky Bean, 1500 Wynkoop Street Stacks Subs, 95 South Union Boulevard, Lakewood StarLite Diner & Lounge, 1750 29th Street, Boulder Steak 'n Shake, 3502 River Point Parkway, Sheridan Steak Out Steakhouse, 1395 South Sheridan Boulevard, Lakewood Stoney's Full Steam, 1434 Blake Street Stranahan's tasting room and store, 208 South Kalamath Street Sushi Bay, 3877 Tennyson Street Sushi Hana, 1220 Pennsylvania Avenue, Boulder Sushi Katsu, 9555 East Arapahoe Road, Englewood Syrup, 999 18th Street T|ACO, 1175 Walnut Street, Boulder T|ACO, 1550 Blake Street TAG Burger Bar, 1222 Madison Street Taita Peruvian Cuisine & Bar, 1521 Marion Street Tavern at Mile High, 1701 Bryant Street Teller's Taproom & Kitchen, 1990 Youngfield Street, Lakewood Thai Diamond Cafe, 1560 Kipling Street Tom's Urban 24, 1460 Larimer Street Tony P's, 240 Milwaukee Street Toppings, 1433 17th Street Torta Grill, 1818 East Colfax Avenue True Food Kitchen, 2800 East Second Avenue TRVE Brewing, 227 Broadway 2914 Coffee, 2914 West 25th Avenue The 2UP, 717 East Colfax Avenue Twin Peaks, 299 East Flatiron Crossing Drive, Broomfield Twin Peaks, 8840 East Arapahoe Road, Centennial Twirl Boulder, 1727 15th Street, Boulder Udi's Bread Cafe, 1001 17th Street Uncle, 2215 West 32nd Avenue The Universal, 2911 West 38th Avenue Urban Bliss, 665 Flatiron Marketplace Drive, Broomfield Very Nice Brewing Company, 20 Lakeview Drive, Nederland Vesper Lounge, 233 East Seventh Avenue The Village Greek, 6886 South Clinton Street, Englewood Waffle Brothers, 1326 College Avenue, Boulder Wafflich, 4166 Tennyson Street Weathervane Cafe, 1725 East 17th Avenue West Flanders Brewing Co., 1125 Pearl Street, Boulder Wild Woods Brewery, 5460 Conestoga Court, Boulder Yard House, 8437 Park Meadows Center Drive, Lone Tree Yo'Cheese, 6902 South Vine Street, Centennial Yogurt Guru, 3617 West 32nd Avenue Yolanda's Tacos, 1699 South Colorado Boulevard Yong Gung Chinese Restaurant, 2040 South Havana Street, Aurora Yours Truly, Cupcake, 3047 Larimer Street Zanitas, 1370 College Avenue, Boulder Zest Cafe, 2740 South Wadsworth Boulevard Zi South, 2229 Blake Street Zocalo, 2200 South Broadway
Keep reading for more 2012 restaurant news.
RESTAURANTS/BARS/VENUES THAT MOVED IN 2012*:
Barker Lounge (moved from 255 South Broadway to 475 Santa Fe Drive) Chances, 1320 15th Street (moved from 1135 Bannock Street to 1320 15th Street) Little Brazil, 10081 West 26th Avenue, Lakewood (relocated) Pho 95, (moved from 2002 South Federal Boulevard to 1401 South Federal down the street)
RESTAURANTS/BARS/VENUES THAT OPENED, THEN CLOSED IN 2012:
Atomic Tamale, 1450 Carr Street, Lakewood Denver Wheel Club 404, 404 Broadway (formerly Club 404) Deelish Foods, 1901 South Havana Street, Aurora Full Steam Tavern, 1434 Blake Street The Hive, 1109 Lincoln Street Kraine Station, 1434 Blake Street La Playa Mexican Cafe, 7685 East Arapahoe Road, Centennial Roam, 1033 East 17th Avenue The Step 4040 East Evans Avenue 3 Monkeys Cantina, 1294 South Broadway Tresca's Trattoria, 3555 West 38th Avenue Keep reading for more restaurant news.
RESTAURANTS/BARS/VENUES THAT CLOSED IN 2012*:
Al Bae Nae Korean Restaurant, 2040 Havana Street, Aurora Ambria, 1201 16th Street The Armadillo, 8555 West Belleview Avenue, Littleton Bento Japanese and Asian Cuisine, 890 South Monaco Parkway Bender's, 314 East 13th Avenue Big Papa's BBQ , 12652 West Ken Caryl Avenue, Littleton Bisque, 2817 East Third Avenue Bites, 2796 South Broadway Bloom, 1 West Flatiron Circle, Broomfield Boulder Organic Pizza, 1175 Walnut Street, Boulder Brandon's Pub, 3027 East Second Avenue Brauns on Blake, 2401 Blake Street The Burnsley Hotel, 1000 Grant Street Caldonia's Tavern and Roadside BBQ, 2252 South Parker Road Caminito Tango, 3555 West 38th Avenue Charlie Palmer's District Tavern, 1631 Wazee Street Cherokee Dining on 12th Avenue, 1201 Cherokee Street Chicken Kabob, 9678 East Arapahoe Road, Greenwood Village Comfort Cafe, 3945 Tennyson Street Conway's Red Top, 390 North Circle Drive, Colorado Springs Coop de Ville at The Stingray, 2911 West 38th Avenue Crazy Asian Cafe, 290 South Downing Street The Crushery, 1579 South Pearl Street Cuvee Wine Bar & Bistro, 946 Pearl Street, Boulder Daddy Bruces's Bar-B-Que, 2000 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder Delite, 32 South Broadway Del Norte Brewing Company, 1390 West Evans Avenue Del Taco, 1100 13th Street, Boulder 8 Island Hawaiian BBQ, 3050 28th Street, Boulder El Olvido, 2200 South Broadway El Rancho, 29260 Highway 40, Evergreen Encore on Colfax, 2550 East Colfax Avenue Einstein's, 200 Fillmore Street Epic Grill, multiple locations Famous Pizza, 1528 East Colfax Avenue Fero's Bar & Grill, 351 South Colorado Boulevard Fleur Bistro, 1225 Logan Street Gabor's, 1223 East 13th Avenue Geez Louise Coffeehouse, 4924 East Colfax Avenue Giovanni's Italian Cafe, 9134 West Sixth Avenue, Lakewood Hapa Sushi, 1220 Pennsylvania Avenue, Boulder Heidi's Brooklyn Deli, 3130 Lowell Boulevard Hooters, 1390 South Colorado Blvd Il Mondo Vecchio, 1174 South Cherokee Street Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza, 550 Broadway India House, 1514 Blake Street Japoix, 975 Lincoln Street Jasmine Asian Grill, 1935 Federal Boulevard Kate's at 35th, 3435 Albion Street Kuulture, 1512 Larimer Street La Brisa, 375 South Pearl Street Lancer Lounge, 233 East Seventh Avenue Liks at Bookery Nook, 4280 Tennyson Street Lime, 1424 Larimer Street Lime, 5425 Landmark Place, Englewood Longo's Subway Tavern, 3759 Lipan Street Luciano's Pizza and Wings, 1043 Broadway Lucy's, 2125 South Sheridan Boulevard Madison Street, 1222 Madison Street Mercedes Mexican Restaurant, 4348 Sheridan Boulevard, 1385 Santa Fe Drive, 2442 South University Boulevard Michelangelo's Coffee & Wine Bar, 1 Broadway MiniBar, 222 Columbine Street Mona's Restaurant, 1710 Sherman Street Morton's the Steakhouse, 8480 East Belleview Avenue, Englewood Mo's, 1037 Broadway Music Bar, 4568 Tennyson Street My Sweet Bakery, 4326 Tennyson Street Nanna's Teas, 2637 West 26th Street Old Chicago, 3250 Youngfield Street, Wheat Ridge Opus, 2575 West Main Street, Littleton Ototo Food and Wine Bar, 1501 South Pearl Street Pagliacci's, 1440 West 33rd Avenue Pasquini's Uptown, 1336 East 17th Avenue Penn Street Perk, 1300 Pennsylvania Street Pete's Monkey Bar, 717 East Colfax Avenue Pickled Lemon, 1155 13th Street, Boulder Pineapple Grill, 1818 East Colfax Avenue Read, Write & Brew, 720 Golden Ridge Road, Golden Rex Lounge, 2936 Fox Street Rockbar, 3015 East Colfax Avenue Rockaway Tavern, 2036 Broadway Rodney's, 2819 East Second Avenue Round Midnight, 1005 Pearl Street, Boulder Russo's Kitchen + Tavern, 10111 Inverness Main Street, Englewood Sam Taylor's Bar-B-Que, 435 South Cherry Street Santiago's, 101 Gregory Street, Blackhawk Saxy's Cafe, 2018 10th Street, Boulder Seven Cups, 1882 South Pearl Street Shug's Low Country Cuisine, 2017 13th Street, Boulder Simply Sloppy Joes, 6761 West Mississippi Avenue, Lakewood Sonoda's Sushi, 550 Broadway Spicy Pickle (multiple locations, including the original at 988 Lincoln Street) Sugar House/Alameda Grille, 1395 West Alameda Avenue Sweet Dream, 2680 South Havana Street, Aurora Tao Tao Noodle Bar, 10400 East Sixth Avenue, Aurora Tastes Wine Bar & Bistro, 4267 Tennyson Street TD's Dogs, 1530 Blake Street Tequila's, 17635 South Golden Road, Golden Terroir, 246 Main Street, Longmont Thai Mango, 609 Grant Street Tossa, 2400 Arapahoe Avenue Tres Jolie, 2399 West Main Street, Littleton Tutti, 103 South Public Road, Lafayette Venue Bistro, 3609 West 32nd Avenue Wazee Wood-Fire Pizza, 1631 Wazee Street Wine Loft, 1527 Wazee Street and 7600 Landmark Way, Lone Tree World Cafe, 946 Pearl Street, Boulder Yoko's Express, 1255 19th Street
Know of a restaurant we missed? Post it below. And see our Restaurant roll call for 2011 here.
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