The ten most anticipated restaurant and bar openings in Denver, 2022
Another year has ended that many of us would rather forget, and now it’s time to look ahead. While we’ve all learned over the past couple of years that it’s pretty much impossible to make accurate New Year’s predictions, there’s one point we’re certain of: new restaurants and bars are coming, and old ones. friends are finally coming back.
Even at the height of pandemic uncertainty, the hospitality industry persevered. Although the scene slowed in 2020, nearly 300 new spots debuted on the Denver subway in 2021 – a number that was close to pre-pandemic totals and makes us more than optimistic for the next twelve months.
Here are ten upcoming bar and restaurant openings (and reopens) that should make you hungry to start the New Year:
4150 Tennyson Street
Opening: Early 2022
If you saw a long line winding through Highland in the early morning hours of last summer, it was probably leading to Bakery Four. What started out as a bakery business started selling in a small space on West 32nd Avenue in 2020. But the demand for owner Shawn Bergin’s pastries kept growing, and it soon became apparent that Bakery Four had exceeded its space. At the end of August, the Highland Bakery closed its doors completely so Bergin could focus on opening a new, much larger outpost in a 3,000 square foot space on Tennyson Street. Initially, Bakery Four was aiming for a debut in fall 2021, but delays with the hood system and other issues – many of which are linked to supply chain issues in the pandemic era resulting in long lead times. delivery costs for equipment – have postponed this date. Fortunately, these baked goods are well worth the wait.
6715 Colfax Avenue West
Opening: summer / autumn 2022
In what could be Denver’s most anticipated comeback, Casa Bonita 2.0 is fast becoming a reality. Closed since indoor restaurants closed in March 2020, this iconic destination has never been about food. But it’s about to change … sort of. After buying the place, South Park Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone made their first big announcement in November about their plans for the pink palace of restaurants: Chef and restaurateur Dana Rodriguez takes over as executive chef. In 1998, shortly after arriving here from Mexico, Rodriguez applied to work at Casa Bonita – and was told she didn’t have enough experience. “It’s like a movie,” she says of the redemption she felt when she received a call from the Casa Bonita team to take over. His idea for the menu overhaul is simple: keep the names of the dishes largely the same, but create everything from scratch. “It’s gonna be real shit from Mexico,” Rodriguez adds. Be excited? Whet your appetite with a taste of Rodriguez’s talent in his debut solo spot, Cantina Loca, which opens January 12 at 2880 Zuni Street.
1616, market street
Opening: Beginning of February
Ludo Lefebvre is a familiar name and face in the culinary world. The French chef, who moved to Los Angeles in 1996, is known for his pop-ups, TV appearances, and omelets – specifically, the perfectly yellow and creamy French omelette he serves at Petit Trois. , his bistro in Los Angeles. And we won’t have to wait long to get our own taste of his version of the Denver omelet, as well as other traditional French brasserie staples like bison-based beef bourguignon (an ingredient that Lefebvre includes). says he’s “obsessed”), the steak fries, and a burger, according to the chef, will be so juicy you’ll have to eat it with a fork and knife. Lefebvre’s decision to choose Denver as the location for his first restaurant outside LA is a personal one: his wife, Krissy, is from Mile High, and the name Chez Maggy is a tribute to Krissy’s mother-in-law, who was Killed by Drunk Driver in 2019 While Lefebvre plans to spend more time in Denver with the opening of this restaurant inside the new Thompson Hotel, Colorado chef Chase Wilbanks will run the kitchen.
1416, market street
Opening: February 2022
Josh Schmitz has had a busy 2021 between the opening (followed by a name change and reopening) of the horror-themed bar Slashers, the Telephone Pub in Lakewood, and two pop-up themed bars. holidays. And it won’t slow down in 2022. In addition to establishing the RiNo Country Club at 3763 Wynkoop Street – which is expected to have an indoor country club bar, nine-hole putt-putt course and beer garden – Handsome Boys Hospitality plans to bring the party to Market Street. Con Safos will be a “Mexican party bar,” according to Schmitz, located in the space that once housed the 24K nightclub – where he once worked. And the Handsome line may have a whole new addition soon, a partnership that would really step up its eating game.
Meadows Park and RiNo
Opening: End of 2022
Crack Shack, a Southern California-born fried chicken hit, made its Colorado debut in September, when it opened a stand at restaurateur Troy Guard’s Grange Hall in Greenwood Village. But in 2022, the chain will really melt into the state with two more locations. Unlike the Grange Hall outpost, these quick and laid-back spots will feature the brand’s full menu, which includes bone-in fried chicken as well as sandwiches and sides. While there are already plenty of fried chicken options in town, Crack Shack’s proven appeal is hard to deny. With these new additions, the company also plans to partner with local businesses, including breweries that will offer draft beer; Little Man Ice Cream, which will provide ingredients for the milkshakes; and City Bakery, which will provide personalized artisan bread rolls.
Social Liberty Street
15177 Candelas Parkway, Arvada
Opening: Spring 2022
A 12,000 square foot food hall, an additional 3,500 square feet of outdoor space, and eight food vendors – that’s the breakdown of what you can expect from Freedom Street Social, which aims to become a place of community gathering. Nick and Amie Costanzo, along with their partners Cameron Cummins, Jeff Kaplan and Jon Morgan, are set to bring a dining room with new energy to Arvada, which suffered some losses in 2021, including the closure of a Steuben site. Vendors will include restaurateur Jared Leonard’s Budlong Hot Chicken and Hamburger Stan, Giordano’s Pizza, and Pressed Coffee & Vinyl. Freedom Street Social will also host Chef Kitchen, a new program from Tajahi Cooke that will feature a different resident chef each month.
Parker and DTC
Opening: to be determined
After nearly fifty years in business, a local Mexican staple is set to flourish, which means more people in suburban Denver can get some of the city’s best green chilies. La Loma opened in Jefferson Park in 1973 and has since moved twice. In addition to its current location at 1801 Broadway, it added a second outpost at Castle Rock in 2020. Additions in 2022 will be on the Belleview Promenade of Denver Tech Center, 8000 East Belleview Avenue and 9355 Crown Crest Boulevard in Parker (the former home of Ristorante Armando, 33 years old).
Ophélie’s electric soap box
1215 20th Street
Opening: February 2022
One of the sexiest places in town to have dinner and a show is finally ready to make a comeback. Ophelia’s, from restaurateur Justin Cucci’s Edible Beats group (Root Down, Linger, Vital Root, and El Five) opened in 2015 in the Airedale building, which has over 100 years of history, including a brothel stint. Ophelia’s original design was sultry, with nods to space’s past. But after the venue / restaurant / bar closed in March 2020, Cucci decided not to reopen until after doing a renovation. Ophelia’s is now gearing up for its comeback and we’re excited to see the makeover come true.
2813 Blake Street
Opening: Fall 2022
Two trends combine at Puttshack: the current obsession with all things golf and foreign brands moving to Denver. Founded by the teams behind TopGolf as well as All Star Lanes, AceBounce and Flight Club, Puttshack debuted in London, then opened US locations in Atlanta and Chicago in 2021. But the company has very big plans for 2022, including a giant Denver outpost at Lot 28, a new development at RiNo. The 24,500 square foot space will feature four bespoke mini golf courses that utilize the latest technology, including automated scoring and bonus point opportunities. Puttshack will also have a full cocktail bar and a menu of street food inspired dishes.
1691, market street
Opening: Early 2022
Another out-of-state concept moving to Mile High, Water Grill was founded by the family-owned King’s Seafood Company, based in Southern California, and now has four locations in California and one in Las Vegas. A sixth is set to debut in downtown Denver. Given that Water Grill is known for its premium seafood platters, raw bar with a wide variety of oysters, and whole shellfish, seafood lovers should start saving now for a night out.