Fall is here and the smell of wood smoke is in the air — but much of it is coming from a handful of new barbecue joints testing out their smokers in preparation for opening in the next week. One has already started wafting the aroma of slow-cooked brisket over Boulder; the Ghost BBQ & Spirits opened this week in the former home of George's, attached to the Boulder Theater on 14th Street. Brothers Joe and Bob Sargent craned an outdoor smoker into the courtyard of the theater and are cooking up Texas-style 'cue for lunch and dinner (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m.) Monday through Saturday. Joe Sargent says the name is a tip of the hat to George, the resident ghost of the Boulder Theater.
Three more smokehouses are expected to open next week: Globe Hall, a Texas-style barbecue and dance hall, is slated for November 4; Carve Barbecue, from the team that operates the Southern Hospitality group, will open on November 5; and GQue Championship BBQ, the Westminster project from competitive meat slinger Jason Ganahl, could start smoking as early as November 6, pending final inspections. Throw in Mr. India's BBQ on West 38th Avenue, which opened earlier this month, and you've got serious BBQ movement in this town. Then again, Tennyson St. BBQ at 3961 Tennyson Street closed on October 26 — the same day the Ghost opened.
Keep reading for a complete list of other openings and closings this month.
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RESTAURANTS/BARS/MARKETS OPENING IN OCTOBER*
Bar Dough, 2227 West 32nd Avenue
Black Eye Coffee, 820 Sherman Street
City Donuts, 4918 East Colfax Avenue
Crave Real Burgers, 1550 Blake Street
Degree Metropolitan Food & Drink, 1190 Auraria Parkway
The Ghost BBQ & Spirits, 2028 14th Street, Boulder
Il Porcellino Salumeria, 4334 West 41st Avenue
Ink Coffee, 709 South University Boulevard
The Inventing Room (opens Saturday, October 31), 2020 Lawrence Street
Jaime's Mexican Restaurant, 1910 South Depew Street
Komotodo, 1512 Larimer Street
Little Machine Beer, 2924 West 20th Avenue
Los Tacos, 600 East Colfax Avenue
Night Bazaar Denver, 2450 Larimer Street
Overt, 712 1/2 South Pearl Street
Mell's Cheese, 3000 Zuni Street
Mr. India's BBQ, 3157 West 38th Avenue
Rise & Shine Biscuit Kitchen & Cafe, 5126 West 29th Avenue
Salati Italian Street Food, 8270 East Northfield Boulevard
Telegraph, 295 South Pennsylvania Street
Uncorked Kitchen, 8171 South Chester Street, Centennial
Yum Yum Spice, 2039 South University Boulevard
RESTAURANTS/BARS/MARKETS CHANGING NAMES IN OCTOBER*
Redford's Tavern (formerly South Philly Cheese Steaks), 2070 South University Boulevard
RESTAURANTS/BARS CLOSING IN OCTOBER*
Ella Fine Diner, 1265 Alpine Avenue, Boulder
River North Brewing Tap Room, 2401 Blake Street
Planet Sub, 1617 California Street
Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe, 2005 West 33rd Avenue
Tennyson St. BBQ, 3961 Tennyson Street
*Or earlier, and not reported in a previous Roll Call.