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But that escalated quickly. While restaurant openings on the Denver subway started slow in July, things picked up quickly. By the end of the month, at least 33 new spots had opened their doors, with only three closings. At this rate, this year’s openings could top the 2020 total by the end of August.
But as the openings keep getting wider, increased COVID cases are worrying some restaurants – not just about the possibility of another round of restrictions, but also about guests’ vaccination status. In Boulder, Dakota Soifer, chef / owner of Cafe Aion, announced that guests would need to show proof of vaccination in order to dine there.
“It’s a small way to protect my family, my employees and my community,” Soifer said in a statement on the new policy. “This is a simple, proactive measure that we can do to prevent the loss of additional business and lives.”
We haven’t heard any reports of other Denver restaurants that have introduced vaccine requirements, but we will be watching. In the meantime, here is the full list of bars and restaurants that will open and close in July 2021:
You can now get fried chicken from the post at the Stanley Hotel.
With the kind permission of the post office
Restaurants and bars that open this month: *
Cheba Hut, 14505 East Alameda Avenue, Aurora
Coffee Story, 2222 South Havana Street, Unit A1, Aurora
Deep Roots Winery & Bistro, 2875 Blake Street
Dry Land Distillers, 519 Main Street, Longmont
Fusions Bar & Grill, 3001 Brighton Boulevard
Happy Lemon, 1931 Sheridan Boulevard, Unit Q, Edgewater
Himalayan Spice, 4279 Tennyson Street
I Scream Gelato, 63 Quebec Street, # 109
In-N-Out Burger, 150 South Wadsworth Boulevard, Lakewood
Kardia Coffee, 2401 Blake Street
KoKo Ni, 3501 Wazee Street
Lady Nomada, 7519 Grandview Avenue, Arvada
Lot Que, 13730 West 85th Drive, Unit 103, Arvada
Lunchboxx, Larimer Strasse 2669
Milk Tea People, 1641 Market Street, Suite 133
Mango Tree Coffee, 3498 South Broadway, Englewood
Milepost Zero, 1601 19th Street, Suite 150
Mon Thai Restaurant, 2099 Wadsworth Boulevard, Suite B, Lakewood
Onefold, 1919 19th Street Union Station
Partners in Crime, 3246 Larimer Street
R&R BBQ, 5495 West 20th Avenue, Edgewater
Rakkan Ramen, 1650 28th Street, Boulder
Savior Pizza, 2705 Larimer Street
Shake Shack, Denver International Airport, Concourse B.
SweetWater Mountain Taphouse, Denver International Airport, Concourse B.
The Electric Cure, 5350 West 25th Avenue, Edgewater
The Post Chicken & Beer, 33-D East Wonderview Avenue, Estes Park
Ti: Cafe Ta, 30 Broadway
Tikka & Grill, 1300 South Broadway
Sales Darling, 2162 Larimer Street
Walkin Chickin, 4004 West 38th Avenue
Yum Yums Ice Cream, 2425 South Downing Street
WingWok, 7530 South University Boulevard, Centennial
Restaurants and bars are closing this month: *
mmm … COFFEE! A Paleo Bistro, 910 Santa Fe Drive, # 6
Shine, 2480 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder
Water’s Edge Winery & Bistro, 2101 East Arapahoe Road, # 101, Centennial
* 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.