Walking the short block from the Westword
offices at Tenth Avenue and Broadway to the strip of retail spaces in the 900 block of Lincoln Street has become a regular adventure of discovery over the past few years. Restaurant business in particular seems a tricky proposition, even with a solid customer base in the apartments, condos and homes on the surrounding blocks. The latest casualty is Pho Denver
, which opened less than two years ago at 955 Lincoln. The space just reopened as Katana Sushi, with a small sign on the door (along with a larger, grand-opening banner) announcing the change.
Before Pho Denver, the occupant was Yura's Modern Asian Kitchen; before that, Attivo Pizza and Subs made a brief go of it.
And just down the street at 100 East Ninth Avenue, Jay Chadron's Opal
has closed; a for-lease sign hangs on the building. Opal opened back in 2002 and was a sensation for a time; we'll miss the cheap oysters and Corona deals.