It is the summer of restaurant openings in Denver. From Union Station coming alive in the last week to neighborhood eateries, bagel emporiums, and pizzerias, the last ten days alone brought diners new options from breakfast until late at night. When you head out this weekend, these are twelve brand new places to consider exploring.
STOIC & GENUINE
Where: Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street
What: Multi-coastal seafood, oyster house and granita bar.
Who: Chef Jennifer Jasinski, partner Beth Gruitch, chef Jorel Pierce
Notes: Don't miss the crab Louie, the Stoic oysters, and the amazing lobster roll.
· Stoic & Genuine Opens at Union Station [EDen]
· Four Lobster Rolls You Should Try Now [EDen]
Where: 2500 Larimer Street
What: Traditional Neapolitan pizza, oysters, carefully edited drink list from the team at Basta in Boulder.
Who: Owners Kelly Whitaker and Andrew Birkholz
Notes: Check out the UnderServe, a soft serve ice cream with a touch of Underberg.
· Cart Driver: First Look [EDen]
· Cart Driver Will Host Ticketed Monthly Dinners [EDen]
The Kitchen Next Door [Photo: Adam Larkey]
THE KITCHEN NEXT DOOR
Where: Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street
What: Sister restaurant to The Kitchen, this is a casual neighborhood pub, the third location after Boulder and Glendale/City Set.
Who: Hugo Matheson and Kimbal Musk
Notes: Check out the historic sign above the bar and give the beet burger a chance.
· The Kitchen Next Door Now Open at Union Station [EDen]
· These Are Denver's Best Burgers [EDen]
Bubu [Photo: Ashley Hughes]
Where: 1423 Larimer Street, the former TAG Raw Bar space
What: A new quick-casual concept serving build-your-own bowls with an emphasis on fresh, healthy and locally sourced ingredients.
Who: Chef/restaurateur Troy Guard and chef Brian Hubner
Notes: The name bubu is short from bubu arare—a Japanese puffed rice pellet. Delivery service is planned to begin within the first month.
Table Top [Photo: Adam Larkey]
Where: 2230 Oneida Street
What: A casual neighborhood restaurant with a focus on New American cuisine and craft beer.
Who: Chef Brady Marcotte, formerly of Acorn & Oak at Fourteenth, along with owners Sita Kedia and Dipesh Amin.
Notes: Menu highlights include the beer mussels, the smoked pork loin, and the slow-smoked slider. The restaurant is working on installing a smoker in its outdoor area.
Chop Shop [Photo: Adam Larkey]
CHOP SHOP CASUAL URBAN EATERY
Where: 4990 E. Colfax Avenue
What: In approachable interior, a crafted menu of casual American fare is offered with a family-friendly focus and fast-casual structure.
Who: Chef Clint Wangsnes, formerly of Zengo
Notes: The eatery has a certified sous-vide program; proteins like chicken, top sirloin, and short ribs, are found in plated entrees, sandwiches and atop salads.
Homegrown Tap & Dough [Photo: Facebook]
HOMEGROWN TAP & DOUGH
Where: 1001 S. Gaylord Street
What: New Wash Park pizzeria and tavern, focused on pies and beer but also serving pastas, salads, and more.
Who: Park Burger founder Jean-Philippe Failyau
Notes: The Homegrown pizza is a good bet: white base, gorgonzola, pancetta, walnuts, cherry tomato confit, and parsley. There's a great patio to enjoy the wide selection of beers.
· Homegrown Tap & Dough [Facebook]
The District [Photo: Andra Zeppelin]
Where: 1320 E 17th Avenue
What: A new American restaurant that serves classic dishes with a twist from 10:30 a.m. until 2 a.m.
Who: Chef Tim Kozak, owner Kerry Condon
Notes: There is an "anytime" menu, a lunch menu, a dinner, menu, as well as weekend brunch available.
Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen [Photo: Andra Zeppelin]
ROSENBERG'S BAGELS & DELICATESSEN
Where: 725 East 26th Avenue
What: A classic New York-style
Who: Owner and bagel master Josh Pollack
Notes: The new hot spot is still in soft opening mode but the doors are open and bagels and more are served daily from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Prost Fine Beers & Sausages [Photo: Ashley Hughes]
PROST FINE BEERS & SAUSAGES
Where: 3464 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
What: A beer hall that pays homage to traditional German and Belgian beers, complemented by a menu of sausages, Bavarian pretzels and sandwiches.
Who: The group behind the original beer and sausage fall in Breckenridge.
Notes: The casual restaurant and bar uses the same sausage supplier as Biker Jim and some of the same wild game dogs are on the menu, including elk jalapeño and buffalo green chili.
· Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria DTC Opens on Thursday [EDen]
· Ginza Sushi & Grill Opens Near DU [Cafe Society]
· Snooze at Union Station Officially Slinging Pancakes [EDen]