The U.S. restaurant industry continues to brace itself against the impact of variants and shortages in both labor and supplies. But somehow, through it all, businesses keep opening, and the Eater Denver Heatmap is here to celebrate them. Unlike the Eater 38, which is meant to serve as a guide to the best of the best, this roundup, updated monthly, aims to introduce readers to the best of the new: what’s popular, what’s promising, what’s poised for success in the weeks to come. Typically, the cutoff for inclusion is six months; in these interesting times, however, the age limit has been temporarily set to eight months, and places that have reopened after a long spell and/or undergone significant change are also fair game.
Though the Heatmap does not cover bars per se, notable newcomers on that front include Yacht Club, run by power couple McLain Hedges and Mary Allison Wright in the Cole neighborhood, and both wine bar La Bouche and the punk-themed The Crypt in Uptown.
Note that maps are not ranked but rather ordered geographically from north to south. For other Denver dining intel, subscribe to Eater Denver’s newsletter.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More