Second Helpings

Street-Food Explosion: A Second Helping of Denver Food & Drink, July 13-17

Street food ruled this week as the Avanti Food & Beverage collective opened its food hall on Monday and restaurant critic Gretchen Kurtz dug her chopsticks into the Southeast Asian bowls and stir-fries at Cho77. Mark Antonation got in on the action, too, with bites of curry and crispy anchovies at Makan Malaysian Cafe.

There's also big news for sports-bar fans, with ViewHouse planning to open a third location in downtown Littleton and the Tavern Uptown announcing that its ast 17th Avenue home will be redeveloped. News was not so good for the regulars at one of the best dive bars around, the Rocky Flats Lounge, which closed earlier this week after a fire — but the owners are hoping to eventually reopen. In other news:

RESTAURANTS/BARS OPENING THIS WEEK*
Avanti Food & Beverage, 3200 Pecos Street, including:
 - Bixo Mexiterranean Bites
 - Brava Pizzeria
 - Farmer Girl
 - Mijo
 - Poco Torteria
 - Quiero Arepas
 - Souk Shawarma
C Squared Ciders
, 2875 Blake Street
Call to Arms Brewing, 4526 Tennyson Street
El Patron Sports Bar, 1703 Federal Boulevard
Izu Sushi, 1528 East Colfax Avenue
New World Cheese, 2504 East Colfax Avenue
Rebel Restaurant, 3763 Wynkoop Street
Stone Pony, 1301 Santa Fe Drive

RESTAURANTS/BARS CHANGING NAMES THIS WEEK
Peacemaker's Juke Joint and Cajun Kitchen, 1515 Madison Street


RESTAURANTS/BARS TEMPORARILY CLOSING THIS WEEK
Rocky Flats Lounge, 11229 Highway 93, Boulder
RESTAURANTS/BARS CLOSING THIS WEEK*
Breckenridge Brewery BBQ, 471 Kalamath Street
El Luchador, 1703 Federal Boulevard

*Or earlier, and not reported in a previous Second Helping.



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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