Restaurant Roll Call for 2013 -- over 250 openings

Lori Midson
Old Major had Highland in hog heaven.
Hundreds of restaurants opened in metro Denver in 2013, including spots as ambitious as Old Major and Beast + Bottle, and others as formulaic as several Dunkin' Donuts that, along with Voodoo Doughnut, had this town rolling in dough. Some of the restaurants that opened in 2013 also closed in 2013, while other restaurants reopened in new or reconfigured spaces, or kept the same owners while switching identifies. And several dozen more just gave up the ghost entirely, including such mainstays as Strings, Highlands Garden Cafe and Little Shanghai. Keep reading for our Restaurant Roll Call for 2013.

See also: Denver's thirteen biggest culinary stories of 2013: the good, the bad, the surprising and the tragic

Lori Midson
Atomic Cowboy opened a sibling on South Broadway.
100% de Agave, 975 Lincoln Street
Abbey Tavern, 5151 East Colfax Avenue
Acorn, 3350 Brighton Boulevard
Adelita's Cocina y Cantina, 1294 South Broadway
African Bar and Grill, 18601 Green Valley Ranch Road, Aurora
Agave Taco Bar, 2217 East Mississippi Avenue
AikoPops, 1284 South Pearl Street
Alamo Drafthouse, 7301 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
Ali Baba Grill, 2060 South University Boulevard
Arch Pizza, 6110 East Colfax Avenue
Arch Pizza, 8854 East Maximus Drive, Lone Tree
Ariana Kabob Cafe, 2767 South Parker Road, Aurora
The Armoury, 2048 Larimer Street
Atomic Cowboy,141 South Broadway
A-Town Pizza, 17060 East Quincy Avenue, Aurora
Ay Caramba!, 2817 East Third Avenue
Beast + Bottle, 719 East 17th Avenue
Beer by Design, 2100 East 112th Avenue
Beet Box, 1030 East 22nd Avenue
Big Mac & Little Lu's Seafood Market, 2851 West 120th Avenue, Westminster
Big Smoke Burger, 650 South Colorado Boulevard
Billy's Gourmet Hot Dogs, 600 East Colfax Avenue
Bistro Colorado, 1552 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen
Bohemian Biergarten, 2017 13th Street, Boulder
Bonfire Burritos, 17025 South Golden Road, Golden
Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria, 8401 Park Meadows Center Drive, Lone Tree
Bonefish Grill, 14740 West Colfax Avenue, Golden
Bookbar, 4280 Tennyson Street
BoxCar Coffee, 3459 Ringsby Court
Boxcar Coffee, 3550 Brighton Boulevard
Braun Taphaus and Grille, 5601 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada
The Brew on Broadway, 3445 South Broadway, Englewood
Brick House Tavern & Tap, 19320 Cottonwood Drive, Parker
BRU handbuilt ales and eats, 5290 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
Bubba Chinos, 4500 Washington Street
Burritos and Tacos, 800 Decatur Street
Cafe 180 kiosk, 16th Street Mall
Cafe Crescendo, 2190 South Delaware Street
Cafe Max, 2412 East Colfax Avenue
Cafe Rio, 14740 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood
Cana Wine Bar, 2554 South Broadway
Cannonball Creek Brewery, 393 Washington Avenue, Golden
CHUBurger, 1225 Ken Pratt Boulevard, Longmont
Churchill's Public House, 1560 Boulder Street
City Wok, Denver International Airport
The Classic Tavern, 3360 Navajo Street
Cold Crush, 2700 Larimer Street
Colorado Plus Brew Pub, 6995 West 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge
Comida Cantina, 3350 Brighton Boulevard
Corner House, 2240 Clay Street
Corvus Coffee, 1947 South Broadway
Crooked Stave, 3550 Brighton Boulevard
Crystal Springs Brewing, 657 South Taylor Avenue, Louisville
Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria, 650 South Colorado Boulevard
Curtis Club, 2100 Curtis Street
Curtis Park Creamery II, 1901 South Havana Street
Dancing Crab, 10293 East Iliff Avenue, Aurora
De Steeg, 4342 Tennyson Street
Diebolt Brewing, 3855 Mariposa Street
DJ's 9th Avenue Cafe, 30 East Ninth Avenue
Drakes Haus, 2900 Baseline Road, Boulder
Duck Soup, 303 16th Street Ste. 130
Dunkin' Donuts, 366 Broadway
Dunkin' Donuts, 8500 Peña Boulevard
Dunkin' Donuts, 8775 Washington Street
Dunkin' Donuts, Denver International Airport, Concourse A
Dunkin' Donuts, 2001 Sheridan Boulevard, Edgewater
Eatopia, 1074 South Ironton Street, Unit I, Aurora
East Coast Joe's, food truck
Easy Peasy Pizza Wings and More, 805 West 88th Avenue
Elsa's, 1180 South Parker Road
Elway's, Denver International Airport
Enstrom, 6770 West 52nd Avenue, Arvada
Epernay, 1080 14th Street
Erbert & Gerbert's Sandwich Shop, 1675 Larimer Street
Escandalo Sports Bar & Grill, 320 South Birch Street
Fat Jack's, 3535 Quebec Street
Fat Sully's, 140 South Broadway
Fate Brewing Company, 1600 38th Street, Boulder
Federal Bar & Grill, 2544 Federal Boulevard
Fel Fel, 4401 South Tamarac Parkway
Firedough Mediterranean Grill, Bakery & Pies, 10639 East Briarwood Avenue, Centennial
Firehouse Subs, 9445 East County Line Road, Centennial
Fresh Mex, 1600 East Colfax Avenue
Fresh Thymes, 2500 30th Street, Boulder
Front Range Brewing, 400 West South Boulder Road, Lafayette
Garlic Knot, 3200 South Wadsworth Boulevard, Lakewood
Gather, 1062 Delaware Street
Glacier Ice Cream & Gelato, 3455 South University Boulevard, Englewood
Global Goods & Coffee Shop, 5613 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada
Golden Moon Distillery, 412 Violet Street, Golden
Goody's Eatery, 3010 West 72nd Avenue, Westminster
Goombas Pizza Grinder, 10050 Ralston Road, Arvada
Greta's Alibi, 1050 West Evans Avenue
Grist Brewing, 9150 Commerce Center Circle, Highlands Ranch
Gypsy Cafe, 838 Park Avenue
Gyros King, 15102 East Hampden Avenue
Haciendo Real, 8966 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton
Hall Beer Company, 10970 South Parker Road, Parker
Happy Cakes, 449 Main Street, Longmont
Happy Leaf Kumbucha, 3519 Brighton Boulevard
Harman's Eat & Drink, 2900 East Second Avenue
Hiro Japanese Buffet, 2797 South Parker Road, Aurora
Historians Ale House, 24 Broadway
Huckleberry Roasters, 4301 Pecos
Humboldt, 1700 Humboldt Street
Hurricane Grill & Wings, 8025 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton
Illegal Pete's, 270 South Broadway
India's Cuisine, 14200 East Alameda Avenue, Unit 1024, Aurora
Ink! Coffee, 1801 California Street
Inside Scoop Creamery, 5654 South Prince Street, Littleton
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery, 2000 Lawrence Street
Jamba Juice, 8500 Pena Boulevard
Jammin Joe's, 2600 High Street
Jax Fish House, 650 South Colorado Boulevard
Jimmy's Urban Bar & Grill, 1530 Blake Street
Juicing Tree, 1504 Ivanhoe Street
J Wells Brewery, 2516 49th Street, Boulder
Kazoku Sushi, 10665 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood
Kettle & Stone Brewing, 6880 Winchester Circle, Boulder
Khazana, 9234 Parkmeadows Drive, Lone Tree
Kitchen Table Cafe, 426 East 22nd Avenue
Larkburger, 2730 South Colorado Boulevard
Latke Love, 5151 East 28th Avenue
Lime An American Cantina, 500 16th Street
Little Carmine's Italian Sandwiches, 84 South Pennsylvania Street
Little Owl, 1555 Blake Street
Live Basil Pizza, 6305 East Hampden Avenue
Los Chingones, 2463 Larimer
Los Pastes, 3140 South Parker Road, Aurora
Lower 48 Kitchen, 2020 Lawrence Street
Lucky China, 2000 South Havana, Aurora
Lucky's Market, 700 Ken Pratt Boulevard, Longmont
Maddie's, 2423 South Downing Street
MainLine, 125 South College Avenue, Fort Collins
Masterpiece Deli, 1710 Sherman
Matador, 3496 West 32nd Avenue
Margs Taco Bistro, 500 East 19th Avenue
Megenegna Injera, 860 South Havana, Aurora
Mellow Mushroom, 9721 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree
Mile High Winery, 2811 Walnut Street
Modmarket, 3475 South University Boulevard, Cherry Hills
Modmarket, 700 Ken Pratt Boulevard, Longmont
Moe's Original BBQ, 2727 South Parker Road, Aurora
Monkey Barrel, 1611 Platte Street
Monsoon, 24107 East Commons Avenue, Aurora
Moontower Tacos, 609 Grant Street
Mountain Tap Bar & Grill, 1901 Youngfield Street, Golden
Mountain Toad Brewing, 900 Washington Avenue, Golden
Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 South Broadway
Namaste, 3355 South Wadsworth Blvd
Namaste India, 5545 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada
Native Foods, 680 South Colorado Boulevard
Nectar House, 1947 South Broadway
Nepali Market, 2680 South Havana Unit K, Aurora
New Canton BBQ, 2751 South Parker Rd Suite B, Aurora,
Nick's Diner, 3743 Federal Boulevard
Novo Coffee, 1600 Glenarm Place
Odd 13 Brewing, 301 East Simpson Street, Lafayette
Odyssey Beerwerks, 5535 West 56th Avenue, Arvada
Okinawa Sushi, 3927 Tennyson Street
Old Major, 3316 Tejon Street
Ole, 1043 Broadway
Olive & Finch Eatery, Bakery and Market, 1552 East 17th Avenue
Original Chubby's, 1385 Santa Fe Drive
Paint Bar, 6155 South Main Street, Aurora
Parry's Pizzeria, 5970 South Holly Street, Greenwood Village
Patxi's Pizza, 185 Steele Street
Patxi's Pizza, 1598 East 17th Avenue
Pho 2 Love, 6593 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood
Pho Duy & Grill, 11001 East Arapahoe Road, Centennial
Pho Lee, 6860 South Clinton Street, Greenwood Village
Pho Real, 2399 West Main Street, Littleton
Pho Saigon Basil, 7057 West Alaska Drive, Lakewood
Pie Hole, 44 South Broadway Street
Pikkas, 300 Fillmore Street
Pinche Taqueria, 3300 West 32nd Avenue
Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway
Pizza Republica, 890 14th Street
Plimoth, 2335 East 28th Avenue
Pride of Philly, food truck
Proper Pour, 3350 Brighton Boulevard
Purple Door Coffee, 2962 Welton Street
Recipe Box, 560 South Broadway
Red Ginger, 550 Broadway
Refuel, 3459 Ringsby Court
Renegade Publik House, 2043 South University Boulevard
Rocko's Cantina, 6981 West Alaska Drive, Lakewood
Root25 Taphouse & Kitchen, 7800 East Tufts Avenue
Root Down at DIA, 8500 Pena Boulevard
Saigon Basil, 10665 Melody Drive
Saigon Tokyo Asian Fusion, 700 South Buckley Road, Aurora
Sam's No. 3, 435 South Cherry Street
Santiago's, 17th Avenue and Federal Boulevard
Scratch Burrito, 4262 Lowell Boulevard
Seoul Korean BBQ & Sushi, 311 West 104th Avenue
Session Kitchen, 1518 South Pearl Street
Smashburger, 965 South Hover Street, Longmont
Smashburger, 8100 West Crestline Avenue, Littleton
Smashburger, 6305 East Hampden Avenue
Snarfburger, 2000 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
Slotted Spoon Meatball, 2730 South Colorado Boulevard
The Social, 872 West Happy Canyon Road, Castle Rock
Southern Hospitality, 1433 17th Street
Sprouts, 3625 East Colfax Avenue
Stapleton Tap House, 8286 Northfield Boulevard
Ste Ellie, 1553 Platte Street
Steam Espresso Bar, 1801 South Pearl Street
Summit Tempeh, 1670 Jasper Street, Aurora
Sugarmill, 2470 Broadway
Sushi Bay 17, 1728 East 17th Avenue
Sweet Cow, 3473 West 32nd Avenue
Switchback Smokehouse, 22620 Highway 74, Kittredge
Tarboosh, 2353 South Havana Street, Aurora
Thai Monkey Club, 4122 East Colfax Avenue
Thaillicious, 2045 Sheridan Boulevard, Edgewater
Thump, 1201 East 13th Avenue
Tin Star Smokehouse, 16400 South Golden Road, Golden
Tortisimas, 375 Federal Boulevard
Tropical Smoothie, 5332 DTC Boulevard, #200
Truffle Table, 2556 15th Street
Twelve Degree Brewing, 820 Main Street, Louisville
Tommy's Bodacious BBQ, downtown foodtruck
Uber Sausage, 1535 Central Street
Tumrup Thai, 10890 East Dartmouth Avenue Unit C, Aurora
Udi's Bread Cafe & Juice Bar, 1475 Lawrence Street
Udi's Pizza Cafe & Bar, 2550 East Colfax Avenue
Udi's Cafe & Bar, 8500 Pena Boulevard
Udi's Cafe, Pizza and Bar, 650 South Colorado Boulevard
Una Mas, 1585 South Pearl Street
Underground Social at Blake Street Tavern, 2301 Blake Street
Under the Sun, 627 South Broadway, Boulder
Upslope Brewery & Taproom, 1898 South Flatiron Court, Boulder
Upstairs Circus, 1500 Wynkoop Street
Urban Thai, 2030 Ionosphere Street, Longmont
UU Gourmet Sandwiches, 1301 Speer Boulevard
Verboten Brewing, 1550 Taurus Court, Loveland
Vietnam Bay, 472 South Federal Boulevard
ViewHouse Eatery Bar & Rooftop, 2015 Market Street
Vino Volo, Denver International Airport
Volta, 2480 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder
Voodoo Doughnut, 1520 East Colfax Avenue
Waffle Up, food truck
The Wall Tavern, 1112 Santa Fe Drive
Walter's Pizzeria, 5194 Lowell Boulevard, Littleton
The Watering Bowl, 5411 Leetsdale Drive
Wayne's Smoke Shack, 406 Center Drive, Superior
West 29th Restaurant & Bar, 5560 West 29th Avenue, Wheat Ridge
West End Tap House, 3945 Tennyson Street
Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe, 3326 Tejon Street
Westminster Brewing, 7655 West 108th Avenue, Unit 600
Whittier Pub, 2000 East 28th Avenue
World of Beer, 7260 West Alaska Drive, Lakewood
World of Beer, 660 South Colorado Boulevard
Zanitas, 6365 East Hampden Avenue
Yong Gung Dragon Palace Chinese Restaurant, 2040 South Havana Street, Aurora

Lori Midson
Spanky's is now Spanky's Urban Roadhouse.

Angelo's Taverna, 620 East Sixth Avenue
Bocadillo, 4044 Tejon Street
Chili Verde, 2311 Federal Boulevard
Common Grounds, 2149 West 44th Avenue
El Chingon, 4326 Tennyson Street
Gallo Di Nero (formerly Fired Up), 1135 Bannock Street
Gondolier, 4500 Baseline, Suite A-104, Boulder
Izakaya Den, 1487 South Pearl Street
La Biblioteca (formerly Al Lado), 1610 Little Raven Street
Spanky's Urban Roadhouse, 1800 East Evans Avenue
Spuntino, 2639 West 32nd Avenue
Steak n' Shake, 3502 River Point Parkway, Sheridan
Steak n' Shake 8271 South Quebec Street, Centennial
Thai Pot, 1350 South Colorado Boulevard (moved from up the street)
Tony's Burgers, 950 Broadway


Beantree Coffee & Deli, 2076 South University Boulevard
Cantina, 1109 Lincoln Street
Local Bar @ Highland, 3360 Navajo Street
Pho Nam, 13736 East Quincy Avenue, Aurora
RiNo's on Blake, 2401 Blake Street
Sumo Sushi, 2353 South Havana Street, Aurora

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TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

I know you're going to want to block me from the Comment section pretty soon :D but - Hacienda Real, mentioned above, has been open for years.

The place I was referring to in my comment below is the brand-new Hacienda Camino Real in Aurora, in the old Pho 53 space (1050 South Havana Street).

TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Another new one would be Snow Thai, at 406 E Colfax Ave.

Abigail Schuh George
Abigail Schuh George

Good list though, I'm wondering why it is called Restaurant Roll Call as there are several breweries listed that are just taprooms and not brewpubs?? Maybe re-title the article as Restaurant & Brewery Roll Call for 2013. Left out Barrels and Bottles Brewery in Golden that does have a kitchen/is a brewpub.

Steve Holmberg
Steve Holmberg

Colorado Plus, on 38th in Wheat Ridge, is great!

Priya Butani Nye
Priya Butani Nye

Not surprised about Cebiche on 38th Ave. in Wheat Ridge. Stuck out like a sore thumb....a rose among the weeds, overpriced, poor parking, awful service. OPne up a nice family place like Applebees!


Not surprised about Cebiche on 38th Avenue in Wheat Ridge closing. Until that town or city gets its act together and gets rid of the trashy  retail and unsightly commercial establishments on that awful avenue, or implements and enforces some effective zoning laws, a restaurant like Cebiche with its overpriced menu and attempt to be a big fish in a muddy stream could never have survived. I hope the owners have better luck elsewhere; the food was quite tasty.

TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Oops, just one more - sorry!

Parcero's, 5922 E Colfax Ave, Denver [Colombian]

TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Oh darn. I knew I was forgetting at least one.

Don't forget to try the delicious Hmong & Vietnamese items at Pho & Grill, 11970 Washington St, Northglenn.

And in case it reopens, I figured I'd put in a word for the currently-dormant Senegalese eatery called Primo's Sport Bar & Grill at 1443 Chester St in Aurora. (The bar itself is still open but to my knowledge they are presently not offering Senegalese food). 

TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Here are a few more openings for you.

Curtis Park Creamery II, 1901 S Havana St, Aurora [Mexican]

Eatopia, 1074 S Ironton St #I, Aurora [Ethiopian]

Elsa's, 1180 S Parker Rd, Denver [Ethiopian]

Gyros King, 15102 E Hampden Ave #B, Aurora [Lebanese/Greek]

Gyroz, 13698 E Iliff Ave #A, Aurora [Greek]

Hacienda Camino Real, 1050 S Havana St, Aurora [Mexican]

Hiro Japanese Buffet, 2797 S Parker Rd, Aurora [Japanese/Chinese]

India's Cuisine, 15311 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora [Indian/Nepali]

Khazana, 9234 Park Meadows Dr #700, Lone Tree {South Indian]

Kin Restaurant, 7950 E Mississippi Ave #A, Denver [Somali] 

Moe's Original Bar B Que, 2727 S Parker Rd, Aurora [BBQ]

Monsoon, 24107 E Commons Ave #105, Aurora [Indian]

New Canton BBQ, 2751 S Parker Rd, Aurora [Chinese BBQ]

Tumrup Thai, 10890 E Dartmouth Ave #C, Denver [Thai]

Enjoy! [BURP]

TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Hi there,

We actually lost two branches of Empanada Express in 2013 - the Colfax branch also closed at the very beginning of the year to make way for another location of Thai Monkey Club.

Also, I'm very sorry to say that both Pho Nam and Sumo Sushi fall into the "open and closed in 2013" category. Pho Nam is now a second branch of Pho 75; I would not expect to see another restaurant, or much of anything else, in the Sumo Sushi space as last I heard, that particular building will be demolished and the existing tenants will either move elsewhere in the complex or to completely separate locations.

I figured I'd better mention too that neither Megenagna Injera or Nepali Market are technically restaurants. Megenagna Injera is, as the name might suggest, primarily a wholesale supplier of injera to the restaurant/market called Megenagna near Alameda and Ironton. (The eatery opened in 2012, the grocery back in 2009). And Nepali Market specializes in, among other things, spices, lentils, beans, rice, and various non-edible items (like clothing) representing the country of... you guessed it... Nepal.

Do stop by and show them both some love, but don't expect a meal at either one :) 

patricia.calhoun moderator editortopcommenter

The list includes bars that serve food, bars that don't, and some speciality markets, too, as we try to indicate in the subcategories -- too long for a headline. This is an overview of topics we've discussed at more length in our daily blogs, where Jonathan Shikes does a great job covering the beer beat, and wrote about Barrels & Bottles back in November; we'll update the list. thanks!

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