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After a slight lull in the first and second weeks of July, the pace has accelerated – with eleven new additions to Metro Denver’s food and drink scene. The first new concept debuted at Denver Central Market since the Food Hall opened in 2016 in the former SK Commission area. Lunchboxx. Brought to us by Zach Spott, former head chef at Brass Tacks, it features a menu of “boxxes” filled with proteins like rotisserie chicken, lamb kabobs, and tofu, along with a deli box filled with side dishes like Hawaiian Mac Carrot and beet salad and fried curry cauliflower.
Near the Industry Building, the opening of the Fusions Bar & Grill brings another gay bar to the Denver scene – and we appreciate the gradual parking and directional photos on the site.
Three new drink-focused spots have joined the scene: Coffee Story in Aurora features smoothies, shaved ice, and macarons (including one with a unicorn horn) along with caffeinated drinks; Milk Tea People on Market Street offers tea lattes, fruit-filled frescoes, tonics, and teas with cream cheese; and Happy Lemon, a Chinese-born bubble tea chain, has brought their all-natural tea-based beverages to Edgewater Market.
Also at Edgewater, R&R BBQ, which started in Salt Lake City, serves smoked meat and side dishes like hushpuppies and garlic masher with brown sauce.
Travelers at Denver International Airport have two new options for food and drink: Shake Shack opened its first location with a full bar, and Atlanta-based SweetWater Brewing landed with craft beers and a full menu – despite its flagship 420 Extra Pale Ale may not be allowed to tap.
Here is the full list of this week’s openings and closings:
SweetWater is debuting at DIA, but its flagship 420 Extra Pale Ale could be MIA.
Denver International Airport
Restaurants and bars open this week *:
Coffee Story, 2222 South Havana Street Unit A1, Aurora
Fusions Bar & Grill, 3001 Brighton Boulevard
Happy Lemon, 1931 Sheridan Boulevard Suite Unit Q, Edgewater
Himalayan Spice, 4729 Tennyson Avenue
Lunchboxx, 2669 Larimer Strasse,
Milk Tea People, 1641 Market Street Suite 133
Mon Thai Restaurant, 2099 Wadsworth Boulevard Suite B, Lakewood
R&R BBQ, 5495 West 20th Avenue, Edgewater
Shake Shack, Denver International Airport, Concourse B.
SweetWater Mountain Taphouse, Denver International Airport, Concourse B.
Walkin Chickin, 4004 West 38th Avenue
Restaurants and bars open again this week *:
Bread Bar, 1010 Main Street, Silver Plume
Restaurants and bars close this week *:
mmm … COFFEE! A Paleo Bistro, 910 Santa Fe Drive # 6
* Or earlier and not yet reported.
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Molly Martin is Westword’s Food & Drink Editor. She has been writing about the Denver dining scene since 2013 and has eaten her way around town long before that. She enjoys long walks to the nearest burrito place and spends the nights sipping cocktails on Colfax.