We’re nearing the end of the year, and new restaurants and bars continue to open in Denver and beyond. In November, we registered 21 openings, ranging from Gladys – a vegetarian option at Edgewater Public Market – to a mochi donut destination in Aurora and a winery in Englewood.
Big names in the dining scene had a particularly big month. Restaurateur Juan Padró’s Culinary creative the group added a fourth Tap & Burger in Westminster, and also brought the former Bar Dough boss and Top cook alum Carrie Baird as the new culinary director of the growing burger brand. Culinary Creative also opened A5, a steakhouse with retro vibes, led by chef and partner Max MacKissock. The restaurant is located in the Wazee Supper Club’s long-standing home, where Culinary Creative’s French eatery Morin debuted in late 2018; after the first closure of indoor eateries in 2020, the team decided to close the concept and remodel. The A5 is the result of a balance between a modern ethos around sustainability and design elements dating back to the 50s, 60s and early 70s.
Lon Symensmas ChoLon Restaurant Concepts introduced YumCha, a noodle- and dumpling-focused concept alongside the original ChoLon; it replaced Cho77, which closed in early 2020. Next for Symensma: the reopening of LeRoux at 1510 16th Street and the addition of two concepts, including another YumCha, at Lakehouse on Sloan’s Lake in 2022.
Behind Union Station, in the room adjacent to the Hotel Indigo, where Hearth & Dram used to be, restaurateur Robert Thompson opened the vibrant Three Saints Revival. Thompson has been a part of Denver’s dining scene for more than two decades with concepts ranging from Brasserie Rouge to Argyll to Punch Bowl Social. In 2020, he resigned from this “eatertainment” brand, moved to New Orleans and started a new development company, Angiven. Three Saints is the outfit’s first project and marks a revival of Thompson’s vision. With a focus on tapas and a Mediterranean-inspired bar program, it’s a dreamy escape.
Frank Bonanno, whose Bonanno Concepts became the first restaurant group in town to demand proof of vaccination for guests and staff, reopened French 75 in downtown Denver. The comeback brought a new menu that moved beyond the restaurant’s rigid identity as a French brasserie, adding elements like dumplings, the lobster ramen from Bonanno’s now closed ramen store, Bones, and 75-cent prosecco during happy hour.
The openings far outweighed the three reported closures: Walkin Chickin, which was only open for four months; Flying Pig Burger Co. in Arvada (its location in Littleton remains open); and El Chingon, who left his home on Tennyson Street but plans to reopen in a larger space.
Here’s the complete list of Denver subway stations and bars that opened and closed in November:
Restaurants and bars open this month: *
A5, 1600 15th Street
Bezel, 1550 Tingplads
Bird cold, 2905 Pearl Street, Boulder
White kitchen + canteen, 4177 East Ninth Avenue
Bob Bob, 6474 Ward Road, Arvada
Pig Taco, 7702 Ralston Road, Arvada
Culinary dropout, 4141 East Ninth Avenue
Dave’s Hot Chicken, 1615 Platte Street
Deep Roots Winery & Bistro, 2875 Blake Street
Gladys, 5505 West 20th Avenue, Edgewater
Golden Falafel, 6460 East Yale Avenue
Istanbul Cafe, 2350 East Evans Avenue
Thieves’ cellars, 11435 East Briarwood Avenue, Englewood
Lea Jane’s Hot Chicken, 1441 26th Street
Mochinut, 2222 South Havana Street, Aurora
Naughty list, 1403 Larimer Street
Silvia and Lost City, 3459 Ringsby Ret
Three Saints Revival, 1801 Wewatta Street
Press & Burger, 8810 Westminster Boulevard, Westminster
Yacht club, 3701 Williams Street
YumCha, 1520 16th Street
Restaurants and bars reopen this month: *
French 75, 717 17th Street
* Or previously and not previously reported.
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