Mizu Pulls Out of LoHi, the Royal Set for Saturday Opening in Berkeley

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The Gravitas Development Group has been behind quite a few of Denver's hottest restaurant projects this year. Gravitas is the company responsible for the shipping-container project at 2500 Larimer Street that houses Work & Class and Cart-Driver, and it also built out the neighboring spaces on Tennyson Street that are home to Block & Larder, which opened earlier this month, and the Royal, a burger bar set to open on Saturday. But even in this incredible year of restaurant openings, not everything goes as planned. The latest Gravitas project, a five-story building in LoHi, will feature a new concept from restaurateur Justin Cucci, but is losing the ground-floor sushi bar Mizu.

See also: Mizu, a Japanese Sushi Bar, Lounge and Restaurant, Opening in LoHi

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Crash 45 Hits the Wall, Will Close After Saturday

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Brandon Marshall
After the Portulaca Cafe, a decades-old Slavic speakeasy in Globeville, closed in 2008, the White Owl moved in and transformed the space into a cozy dive bar. In 2011, metal artist Shane Evans took it a step further, dubbing the spot Crash 45 and making such improvements as expanding the patio, adding a room for music and DJs, fitting the space with his own works made from vintage motorcycle parts, recycled objects, discarded bicycles and old truck bodies, and putting a real chef in the kitchen.

It was fun while it lasted -- but Crash 45 is closing this weekend.

See also: The Sidewinder Tavern Is for Sale, Faces an Uncertain Future

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Tifamade Cantine Closes LoHi Location

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Tiffany Iung in the window of Tifamade Cantine earlier this fall.
It was fun -- and delicious -- while it lasted. Tifamade Cantine was the brainchild of sandwich maven Tiffany Iung, who was first seen pedaling around town on her pink bike, peddling sandwiches and other treats from a reclaimed suitcase strapped to the back. This summer she parked in LoHi, opening a lunch window in the 2800 block of Umatilla Street, right behind The Truffle Table (which which she shared a kitchen). But now the Cantine is closed up tight.

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Meadowlark Kitchen Spreads Its Wings on Larimer Street

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Kristin Pazulski
Executive chef and co-owner Joshua Bitz in action at the recently opened Meadowlark Kitchen.
After more than a year of delays, the Meadowlark Kitchen quietly opened its doors two weeks ago to little fanfare. The small eatery next door to the popular underground bar and music venue, the Meadowlark, originally announced the beginning of construction in September of 2013, but contractor delays pushed the opening date to the end of 2014. Co-owner Casey Karns says he's not planning to hold a grand opening until spring, when the restaurant can open its patio.

See also: Exclusive: Joshua Bitz, Squeaky Bean's former sous, to open Meadowlark Kitchen in November

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Crave Reopens After Expanding Into Organic Pizza Co. Space

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Mark Antonation
Crave Dessert Bar reopened for regular business in the Spire Building downtown on Friday after a red-carpet grand opening party on Thursday night. Owners 
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Milham closed Crave and the neighboring Organic Pizza Co., which they also owned, in November to remodel, expanding the dessert bar into the pizza space. Although the Organic Pizza Co. is gone, Crave will still offer pizzas made with the same dough recipe on its expanded menu of savory items.

See also: Row 14 Space to Become Uncle Joe's Hong Kong Bistro

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The Denver Cat Company Is Open Right Meow

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Danielle Lirette
The day is finally here -- after many twists and turns and much anticipation, the Denver Cat Company is now open for business, serving coffee and kitty love on Tennyson Street in the Berkeley neighborhood. Eight adoptable cats will be in house, courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue, at owner Sana Hamelin's pet project, the first of its kind in Colorado, and only the third in the U.S. (behind Oakland, California and Naples, Florida).

See also: Block & Larder, From the Owners of Freshcraft, Opens on Tennyson Street

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Waffle Up Opens in the Baker Neighborhood

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Mark Antonation
Waffle Up is finally more than just a food truck. Today owners Jasmine Spoonemore and Tom McCarty opened their bright little waffle cafe in the Baker neighborhood, in a corner storefront formerly occupied by Humble Pie.

See also: Humble Pie Signs Lease for New Location on Colfax

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Biju's Little Curry Shop Opens in River North

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Mark Antonation
Chef Biju Thomas has designed restaurant menus, written cookbooks for athletes and worked with professional cyclists to provide tasty and nutritious meals. He's also a native of Kerala, India, which is the primary culinary influence behind his fast-casual eatery, Biju's Little Curry Shop, which opened yesterday in the River North neighborhood. Although curries are the main focus at Biju's, don't expect heavy, cream-based sauces typical of Indian lunch buffets around town; Thomas focuses instead on the lighter, more vibrant spices and sauces of southern India.

See also: Zephyr Brewing Opens in River North


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Tengu Now Serving Ramen in the Industry Building in River North

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Mark Antonation
The ramen wars are heating up around the Ballpark and RiNo neighborhoods. Jeff Osaka announced earlier this year that he'd be opening Osaka Ramen on Walnut Street, a project that's now looking at a January opening; Tokio recently opened up in nearby Prospect with a menu full of ramen, sushi and charcoal-grilled skewers. And as of today, Tengu is open in the Industry building on Brighton Boulevard.

See also: Mark Berzins Dishes on the Inspiration for Venezuelan Arepas at Will Call

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Krewe Crescent City BBQ Closes, Will Merge With Stoney's

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The corner of 11th Avenue and Lincoln Street has swallowed a lot of restaurants over the years; Krewe Crescent City BBQ didn't even make it a year. Opened on Super Bowl weekend last spring, Krewe is closing today with a plan to reopen as an expansion of Stoney's Bar and Grill next door.

See also: Photos: BurgerFi Is Now Burgerfying Broadway

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