World of Beer Plots New Location on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall

Danielle Lirette
"World of Beer is taking on the world." That's the mission statement of the Tampa-based brew and restaurant chain that has opened locations in Belmar, Cherry Creek and LoDo in the past few years. The company's bid for world-beer domination continues, with another location planned for Boulder's Pearl Street Mall, in the former home of Bacaro Venetian Taverna.

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From Vietnam Grill to Lotus to Pho De to Suvipa Thai, Opening Today

Mark Antonation
Only three months ago, we reported that Pho De had opened in the spot previously occupied by Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant and, before that, Vietnam Grill -- the quaint bistro that had won Best Vietnamese Restaurant in our 2013 Best of Denver edition. But the stock pot at Pho De had barely come to a rolling boil before it closed; a new restaurant is moving in -- and it's not Vietnamese. Suvipa Thai Food is opening its doors today, bringing something a little different to this stretch of Federal Boulevard.

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Historic Buffalo Restaurant & Bar Closes for a Five-Month Facelift

The Buffalo Restaurant in Idaho Springs is closed for a five-month facelift.
The backside of the Buffalo Restaurant & Bar looks pretty appealing when you're stuck in I-70 traffic by Idaho Springs. But soon that view will be even better: The owners closed the place at the end of service Sunday for a five-month renovation of the building, which got its start in 1906 as John Rohner's Bar and Billiards.

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Park Burger in RiNo/Ballpark Will Be the Biggest Yet

Jean-Philippe Failyau is about to open his biggest Park Burger yet, this one in the RiNo/Ballpark neighborhood, with a beefed-up bar lineup and hours -- and live music. Frank Bonanno's one-time right-hand man created his first Park Burger in Platt Park five years ago, then added a Park Burger in Highland, Park & Co. in Uptown, and a Park Burger in Hilltop this spring.

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Highland Pacific Restaurant & Oyster Bar Closed for Renovations

Residents of West Highland will have to get their oyster fix in another part of town; the windows at the Highland Pacific Restaurant and Oyster Bar are covered with paper and the phone isn't being answered. A message on the the neighborhood seafood joint's Facebook page, though, assures us that it's just a temporary closure.

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East Asia Garden Closes on Broadway -- Will Reopen in Cherry Creek With New Name

It's been a tough month for the town's top Chinese restaurants. Chef Liu's Kitchen, named Best Chinese Restaurant in the Best of Denver 2014, closed abruptly in Aurora; it will be replaced by a pho restaurant. And now East Asia Garden, our Best Chinese Restaurant in the Best of Denver 2013, has shuttered on South Broadway -- but at least it will be returning, if in an altered form in a different location. A banner hanging on the original restaurant notes that it will reopen at 250 Steele Street, under the name Hasu Asian Bistro & Sushi.

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740 Front Will Open in Historic Old Louisville Inn

Chris Utterback
Over a century and change since it was built, the Old Louisville Inn is getting a makeover that will bring it into the 21st century -- but with its spirit intact. At least, so hopes J Fred Burns, one of the Inn's new owners. "We decided we wanted to take the original building, open up as much of it as we could and expose it to the public," Burns says. "We're trying to do something that really shows off the character of the original building."

Enter 740 Front, an "American Dining Saloon" that will bring a taste of the past to Louisville.

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Miyabi Jr. Japanese Express Chooses Denver for Its First Location

Courtesy of Miyabi Jr. Express
Miyabi Jr. Japanese Express, a quick-service hibachi restaurant from PJ Partners and Capital Japan, opened last month in Tiffany Plaza -- and no, it's not in the space recently vacated by Oshima Ramen, an offshoot of another Japanese group that has a chain of ramen noodle shops in that country.

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Denver Cat Company to Become Colorado's First Cat Cafe

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In August, we reported that Sana Hamelin, a lawyer by training, was hoping to crowd-source enough funds to open a cat cafe -- a place that would combine a coffeehouse, book shop and art gallery with real cats that customers would pay to spend time with. The concept popular is popular in Japan and, despite falling short of the crowdfunding goal, Hamelin is sure it will work here, too. So she's going ahead with the plan: She's leased a space on Tennyson Street in the Berkeley neighborhood, where she hopes to open the Denver Cat Company by mid-November at the latest.

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LoHi SteakBar Closed Until Friday as New Owners Update Menu, Interior

Fans of LoHi SteakBar will need to find an alternative this week; the restaurant is closed until Friday because of an ownership change. Veteran chef and restaurateur Sean Kelly has left the steakhouse and bar; Joe Pettenger and Taylor Drew, no rookies themselves, are taking over in partnership with Larimer Associates' Joe Vostrejs, Rod Wagner and Jeff Hermanson. The two new owners expect to have the doors open for 5 p.m. dinner service on Friday, October 10, after a few minor changes to the decor and updates to the food and cocktail menus.

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