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Denver’s Most Anticipated Fall Restaurant Openings

It’s going to be a delicious season

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The restaurant scene in Denver continues to grow despite several recent closings. Concepts are expanding, groups are multiplying locations and spreading their reach in and out of Colorado. Four Friends Kitchen and Blue Pan Pizza will launch second outposts and Coperta will be adding a doughnut and ice cream annex in the next couple of months. Tacos Tequila Whiskey opened an Arizona restaurant and is in the process of launching a third Denver location (set for January). And the recently launched Hedge Row, from the Kitchen group, will get a sibling in Indianapolis.

It isn’t all great news: A plan to revive Z Cuisine was abandoned and the building has been listed for sale. There will be little time for sadness for those eager to follow and try these 31 most anticipated openings of the fall set to happen from now through the winter solstice. The list is organized in alphabetical order. If you see a trend, leave a note in the comments.

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Sean Kenyon
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Where: 2706 Larimer Street

Major Players: Seasoned and highly decorated barman Sean Kenyon (Williams & Graham and The Occidental) and partners Justin Anthony and Lisa Vedovelli, owners of Matchbox.

What to Expect: With American classics on both the food and drink sides, American Bonded will emphasize whiskey but also offer a full wine, beer, and cocktail menu.

Projected Opening: Late fall

Bamboo Sushi


Where: LoHi, 2715 17th Street

Major Players: Kristofor Lofgren, owner of the Portland-based sushi business

What to Expect: A full-fledged 3,000 square foot sushi restaurant in a hot spot that already has Recess Beer Garden and Postino around and Mizu Izakaya and Sushi Ronin in the neighborhood. An extensive sake and Japanese whiskey list, on top of other booze offerings, will be a highlight.

Projected Opening: November


Where: Capitol Hill, 1310 Pearl Street

Major Players: Kevin Delk and the partners behind Beatrice & Woodsley and Mario’s Double Daughters Salotto, plus executive chef Travis Messervey

What to Expect: The venue will feature a grab-and-go cafe with a walk-up window plus a 6000-sq.-ft. tropical bar and lounge bringing about an influx of tiki drinks. The originally planned name for this spot was Mighty Sparrow & The Sea Maiden.

Projected Opening: September


Where: RiNo, 3440 Larimer Street

Major Players: Wine pro Kendra Anderson

What to Expect: A concept that aims to be part bar, part restaurant, serving a mature audience of bar goers.

Projected Opening: September


Where: 2843 Larimer Street, RiNo

Major Players: Craig Lieberman, founder of the popular 34 Degree crackers, and chef Duncan Holmes, formerly of Frasca Food and Wine

What to Expect: Two joined homes are the new evolution of a bar and eatery that will bring wine, cider, and sake paired with creative small plates. Originally, this place was named Paired.

Anticipated Opening: Fall


Where: LoHi, 1817 Central

Major Players: Chef Linda Hampsten Fox

What to Expect: Four distinct concepts — eatery, market, bakery and catering — will find home under one roof. Breakfast, lunch and dinner for dining-in or taking-out. Like its European counterparts, the Bindery focuses on the craft of cooking by combining the market and bakery with an elevated fine.

Projected Opening: Early October


Where: Boulder, 2014 10th Street

Major Players: Edwin Zoe of Zoe Ma Ma

What to Expect: A full service Pacific Rim restaurant that will offer a variety of dishes from a bowl of ramen with Zoe’s signature hand-made noodles to Korean barbecue and steamed Sichuan fish.

Projected Opening: November


Where: Baker, 2 Broadway

Major Players: David Zhao, who handles marketing through NXT Group

What to Expect: A Mongolian-inspired hot pot spot where tables are equipped with a heated pot and the bar sports a refrigerated conveyor belt. You start with a base broth then choose seasonings, spices and pick meats (beef, mutton, lamb, chicken, duck, fish, or shrimp) and vegetables (mushrooms, potatoes, cabbage, etc) off a rotating conveyor belt to mix into the stew. The variety of ingredients makes one thing of Korean barbecue restaurants or shabu shabu spots.

Projected Opening: October


Where: Boulder, 1023 Walnut Street

Major Players: Restaurateur Bryan Dayton (Acorn, Oak at Fourteenth, Brider) and chef Amos Watts (Old Major, Acorn)

What to Expect: A menu largely inspired by northern Spain’s Basque Country with a main focus on steak restaurants found throughout the region. Seafood dishes that originate around the Mediterranean coast will also be a highlight.

Projected Opening: November


Where: Downtown, 1475 California Street

Major Players: The group behind Le Méridien and chef Tobias Burkhalter, who comes to the restaurant from a number of top restaurants and hotels across Colorado and Switzerland including St. Regis Aspen Resort.

What to Expect: When it opens on the 20th floor of Le Méridien Hotel, 54thirty will be the city's highest open-air rooftop bar and restaurant in Denver. Its neighbor and sibling spot Corinne will offer elevated comfort food with distinct European touches from a Michelin-star restaurant group.

Projected Opening: September


Where: Sloan’s Lake, 1565 Raleigh Street

Major Players: Lorenzo Nunez and David Lopez of El Chingon

What to Expect: A large 240 seat space that will offer small plates inspired by the many and diverse cuisines of Latin America but also from Spain.

Projected Opening: Fall


Where: Highland, 3940 West 32nd Avenue

Major Players: Chef and restaurateur Troy Guard

What to Expect: A neighborhood eatery with elevated comfort food ranging from sandwiches and burgers to steak and fish. The space used to be Highland Asian Grill and is next to Blue Pan Pizza.

Projected Opening: Fall


Where: Lakewood, 7575 West Jewell Avenue

Major Players: Ami Benari of Zanzibar Billiards Club in Ballpark

What to Expect: The former home of a bank, the 15,000 square foot space will be home to tiki lounges, complemented by a custom-built bar that will feature 101 beers with 51 of those on tap. Twelve pool tables and six bowling lanes will provide extra reasons to visit.

Projected Opening: Late fall

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Where: SloHi, 4433 West 29th Avenue

Major Players: Dessert scientist and magician Ian Kleinman

What to Expect: A playground for those with a serious sweet tooth who geek out on science. Kleinman is recreating his own version of Willy Wonka’s factory and will offer dessert in the SloHi ‘hood.

Projected Opening: September



Where: RiNo, 3053 Brighton Boulevard

Major Players: Corey Bakey of Sushi Ronin

What to Expect: Yakitori, ramen, sushi rolls and more are on deck for this second project from chef Corey Bakey.

Projected Opening: October


Where: RiNo, 3254 Larimer Street

Major Players: Chef Kyle Foster, formerly of Colt & Gray, and his wife and partner Katy Foster, owner of Stir Cooking School

What to Expect: A 2,750 square foot space where southern sophistication and "a return to the roots of food" are at home. The Fosters are deeply committed to the history and traditions of Southern hospitality and to sourcing local foods and produce, particularly vegetables.

Projected Opening: November


Where: LoHi, 1801 Central Street

Major Players: Restaurateur Cameron Mitchell who also operates Ocean Prime in Denver

What to Expect: An Italian cafe, Marcella's will seat approximately 165 guests inside and 42 on the patio. Signature dishes will include pizzas, pastas, lasagna alla Bolognese, chicken Marsala, veal limon, and more.

Projected Opening: Late September


Where: Uptown, 444 East 19th

Major Players: The owners of the Lobster Blissfood truck, Rich Manzo and Jeff Reebie

What to Expect: A seafood emporium, the 2,400 square foot eatery that will seat 80 seats inside and 36 seats outside, will highlight a great raw bar with oysters, clams, crudos, and ceviche, as well as an interactive cooking station with steam kettles to prepare mussels, cioppino, and other shellfish creations in front of diners.

Projected Opening: Late fall (but delays have been plaguing this place)


Where: RiNo, 2826 Larimer Street

Major Players: Karl Fallenius, a disciple of the famous Franklin’s Barbecue in Austin, Texas.

What to Expect: After a successful stint as a mobile business in the outdoor space at RiNo’s Finn’s Manor, Fallenius is working on a brick-and-mortar. Old favorites and new creations will show up on the menu, including the pulled pork, spare ribs, pastrami special, double smoked barbecued bacon and Texas-style brisket, all made from sustainable raised meat with all the fixings.

Projected Opening: Fall

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Where: Stapleton, off Central Park and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Major Players: Restaurateur Robert Thompson

What to Expect: The 15,000 square foot mid-century building transformed to include access to the two lower levels, expanded for a total of nearly 22,000 square feet. he company's signature diner-craft cocktail concept-old school entertainment will include six lanes of bowling.

Projected Opening: Early October

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Where: Boulder, 1265 Alpine Avenue

Major Players: Chef and restaurateur Hosea Rosenberg of Blackbelly and Blackbelly Butcher

What to Expect: Santo will be a full-service restaurant serving seasonal, modern, northern New Mexican fare. A native of the state, Rosenberg views the new venture as a return to his food roots.

Projected Opening: Late September



Where: Downtown, 22nd and California

Major Players: Co-founders Tina and Vic Ronder

What to Expect: A real escape room complex that also serves a full food and beverage menu. A 6,100 square foot area hopes to be a new kind of entertainment venue, where guests can venture into one of the seven themed escape rooms, dine and drink in the steampunk-inspired restaurant and bar, or enjoy any combination of activities back-to-back.

Projected Opening: October 6


Where: Berkeley, 4024 North Tennyson Street

Major Players: Mike Huggins and Lenka Juchelkova of Arvada Tavern, Kline’s Beer Hall, and Union Lodge No.1

What to Expect: A modern cocktail lounge in a quaint 900 square foot space.

Projected Opening: Late September

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Where: LoDo, 1889 16th Street

Major Players: Frasca's rock star team including master sommelier Bobby Stuckey and chef Lachlan Patterson and chef de cuisine Ian Wortham

What to Expect: A 125 seat modern yet rustic tavern where the all-italian wine list is an attraction and the pasta program travels through the various regions executed through the Frasca lens.

Projected Opening: September


Where: LoDo, 1701 Wynkoop Street

Major Players: Jennifer Jasinski, Beth Gruitch and Jorel Pierce of Rioja, Bistro Vendome, Euclid Hall, and Stoic & Genuine, plus chef Adam Branz

What to Expect: A 1,900 square foot tapas bar inspired by the cuisines of Spain and Portugal, located inside the renovated Union Station where small flavorful plate will rule. Highlights could include ajo blanco, an Andalusian almond garlic soup with grapes, Cadiz-style sea bream with regional sherry, and octopus carpaccio.

Projected Opening: mid-Fall


Where: LoDo, 1417 Market Street

Major Players: The crew behind Seattle-born Rhein Haus

What to Expect: Named for Wisconsinite Wally Weimann, partner James Weimann’s father, Wally’s will evoke the feel of a laid-back Wisconsin lake cottage, with 1970s retro wood-paneled walls; vintage pictures of the restaurant partners’ Midwestern parents and grandparents; antique Schlitz, Pabst, Leinenkugel and Blatz beer signs; multiple TVs, plus classic arcade games.

Projected Opening: Early September


Where: Berkeley, on Tennyson, no confirmation on exact spot yet

Major Players: Chad Michael George, Kade Gianinetti and Jared Schwartz who also have their plates full with American Grind in Avanti Food & Beverage, and the brand new Wayward.

What to Expect: A more spacious dining room than the original location, and – perhaps the pièce de résistance – a real kitchen under the purview of chefs Marcus Eng and Samuel Charles.

Projected Opening: Late Fall



Where: LoDo, 1607 Wewatta Street

Major Players: Grill Concepts and The Point Restaurants corporate chef Lee Velasco, same group that operated neighbor Public School 303

What to Expect: An approachable seafood-focused restaurant, bringing a menu that blends fresh, sustainable, organic ingredients with regional flavor — think Lobster Roll, Linguine & Clams, and Crab Benedict.

Projected Opening: Early Fall


Where: Sunnyside, 41st and Tejon

Major Players: Chef Kelly Whitaker of Basta

What to Expect: The 2,000 square foot space (plus 1,200 square feet of patio) that was once to be Kindred will become a second modern concept from Boulder chef Kelly Whitaker. Details will follow.

Projected Opening: Late 2017

Zeppelin Station


Where: RiNo, 38th & Blake

Major Players: Justin Anderson, formerly of Chicago’s Revival Food Hall, and the team that opened the Source on Brighton Boulevard

What to Expect: A multicultural food hall with a diverse collection of vendors including Aloha Poke, Vinh Xuong Bakery, and Fior Gelato. The 100,000-square-foot workplace and market hall will boast a ground level highlighted by a market hall featuring retail tenants focused in design goods and fashion-forward apparel, various street food vendors from around the country, two bars, and a full-service anchor restaurant.

Projected Opening: December

—Bethany Smith contributed to this report

Disclosure: The editor is married to one of the developers behind Zeppelin Station, where several food businesses will reside

Four Friends Kitchen

2893 Roslyn Street, , CO 80238 (303) 388-8299 Visit Website


400 East 20th Avenue, , CO 80205 (720) 749-4666 Visit Website

Recess Beer Garden

2715 17th Street, , CO 80211 (720) 638-0020 Visit Website

Inventing Room

, Denver, CO (303) 885-2802


, Denver, CO (720) 372-7100


, , CO 80202

Williams & Graham

3160 Tejon Street, , CO 80211 (303) 997-8886 Visit Website

Union Station

Wynkoop Street, , CO 80202 Visit Website

The Occidental

1475 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, , DC 20004 (202) 783-1475 Visit Website

Sushi Ronin

2930 Umatilla St, Denver, CO 80211 (303) 955-8741 Visit Website