July was a hot month — both for the weather and for Denver restaurateurs, who added to their portfolios with a whole batch of new eateries. Frank Bonanno debuted French 75 downtown; Lon Symensma brought Kaya Kitchen to Avanti Food & Beverage; Park Burger’s Jean-Philippe Failyau launched Birdcall in Five Points; and the Kitchen restaurant group unveiled a new concept — Hedge Row — in Cherry Creek. But some first-timers added unique offerings, too, with Pizzeria Lui, the Boulangerie and Boxed Taco all giving it a go.
National chains continue to find Denver an attractive market despite homegrown competition: Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Bartaco, Billy Sims BBQ, Bambu Desserts & Drinks and Your Pie all found their way to Colorado last month.
There was a shakeup in classic Denver spots, too, with Beau Jo’s pulling the plug on its only pizzeria within Denver city limits (the company’s lease wasn’t renewed, and the building is slated for demolition) and Colfax Avenue’s Bourbon Grill closing — at least temporarily. (The walk-up chicken joint is moving just up the street and should reopen in a larger space — complete with indoor seating! — at 571 East Colfax Avenue by mid-August.) And Las Delicias finally reopened its original cantina at 439 East 19th Avenue after eighteen months of extensive renovations, including the addition of new rooftop bar.
Keep reading for a complete list of restaurant/bar openings and closings for July 2017.
Singaporean kaya toast with coconut jam and poached eggs — Kaya’s signature dish.
Restaurants/Bars Opening in July:*
Bad Axe Throwing, 845 East 73rd Avenue
Barista Coffeehouse, 8966 West Bowles Avenue,…
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