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A Mongolian Barbecue Restaurant and a Tapas Bar Are Coming to RiNo

Plus, new chicken fingers and wings in Aurora

A photo of the exterior of the Industry Building in RiNo, with steps leading up to the building and large signage spelling out “Industry” visible
The Industry Building in RiNo
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RiNo lands a Mongolian barbecue and a new tapas bar

A Mongolian barbecue restaurant and a new tapas bar are aiming to set up shop in RiNo’s Industry Building by the end of 2019, BusinessDen reports.

On Tuesday, the business news website reported that Todd Campbell, who owns two Mongolian grill restaurants in Las Vegas called Stir Krazy Mongolian Grill, is planning to bring the first Denver location of that restaurant to the top floor of the space formerly occupied by Izakaya Ronin. He is also planning to open a tapas restaurant called Fusion on the bottom floor of that 2,400-square-foot space.

At Stir Krazy, diners are given a bowl to fill with their choice of meats, vegetables, noodles, and homemade sauces. That bowl is then stir fried at 650 degrees.

Campbell told BusinessDen he is attracted to RiNo because of the neighborhood’s industrial atmosphere and high density of apartments. He also said he is looking to open other Stir Krazy locations in the metro area.

Recent months have seen a flurry of changes at the Industry Building as Izakaya Ronin closed in August while restaurateur Troy Guard announced he was closing his wood fire grill restaurant Mister Tuna last month. Guard is replacing Mister Tuna with a new event space called Commissary. [BusinessDen]

Slim Chickens opening in Aurora

The first location of the Fayetteville, Arkansas-based Slim Chickens chain will open next Monday at 3900 Tower Road in Aurora, the Denver Business Journal reports.

Known for serving fried chicken tenders and wings, Slim Chickens also serves macaroni and cheese bowls, sandwiches, and chicken and waffles. The owners of the Aurora franchise also told the business newspaper that they plan to open five more stores in Colorado and Utah in the coming years. A Slim Chickens food truck is also in the works. [Denver Business Journal]

A barbecue catering business is coming to Colorado

A Texas barbecue business with Louisiana roots is relocating to Denver. Last month, Alex Barbosa, the owner of Barbosa’s Barbeque in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, announced he is relocating that business to Denver. Barbosa’s has been serving barbecue, including ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and other whole and sliced meats, at public and private events in Baton Rouge since 2016.

Barbosa said in the post that Barbosa’s will continue to focus on both catering and vending barbecue at festivals and other events. However, he also indicated the business could eventually aim to establish more permanent roots in Colorado once it gets more established.