New restaurants are ready to charge in Denver in 2017 and many are not wasting any time. By the end of the month, several eateries will launch into the dining scene. Here's what to look forward to:
American Grind: Burgers and much more plus some of the best ice cream in town inside Avanti.
The Post Chicken & Beer: On point fried chicken and local beer from the team that launched the Post in Lafayette.
Stella's: A café and marketplace hybrid in the Triangle Building in LoDo.
STK: A modern chic steakhouse where chef William Tuggle rules the kitchen.
Hearth & Dram: A restaurant focused on rustic American fare, paired with the largest whiskey selection in Downtown Denver.
Yellowbelly Chicken: Fried and roasted chicken with a handful of salads and sides inside the budding Stanley Marketplace.
Devil's Food Bakery & Café: A bakery and coffee shop, complete with seating and wifi, complementing what is about to become more focused restaurant (same just without the bakery part) at the original space.
Annette Scratch Kitchen: Chef Caroline Glover's first restaurant concept, offering seasonal and locally sourced wood-fired fare for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch inside the Stanley Markeplace.
Broken Rice: A fast-casual Asian-inspired eatery where ingredients are sourced thoughtfully and beers are local.
What else you should be looking for? The opening of Sweet Cow at the Stanley and the return of Volcano, a Chinese spot that also serves sushi in Greenwood Village.
Several spots opened already in Denver in the short 11 days of 2017. These three should be on your to-check-out agenda:
Yard Bird: Set in what used to be Black Pearl, this is the 2.0 grown up version of Gaia Bistro.
Il Posto: the relocation and expansion of the original Uptown Italian eatery owned by chef Andrea Frizzi.
El Jefe: a farm to table Mexican restaurant located in Sunnyside in Cobbler's Corner, and owned by the team behind Lucky Pie.