As the year progresses, the news in Denver’s restaurant scene shows now signs of slowing down. Two Denver chefs announce new concepts to come later this year, and RiNo loses a ramen shop. Read on for more news this week.

Daniel Asher to open River & Woods in Boulder this Summer

Josh Dinar (left) and Daniel Asher (right). Photo Courtesy of River and Woods.

Josh Dinar (left) and Daniel Asher (right). Photo Courtesy of River and Woods.

After years with Root Down, Linger, and Ophelia’s, chef Daniel Asher stepped down from his position as culinary director of Edible Beats at the end of March. His new endeavor with partner Josh Dinar of T|aco is River and Woods, a new restaurant in Boulder opening in the former John’s Restaurant spot on Pearl Street this summer.

The duo plans to make the restaurant community-sourced, asking for guests to submit beloved family recipes for consideration at the restaurant. Asher and Dinar have also launched an Indiegogo campaign where you can contribute to the restaurant with rewards including free appetizers and drinks to a private dinner party. Make your contribution to the campaign here.

Starling Wine & Whiskey Bar added to growing Stanley Marketplace lineup

Stanley Marketplace Denver Colorado

Stanley Marketplace. Photo by Kim Baker.

As Stanley Marketplace continues its growth, another restaurant adds itself to the list of what to expect. Starling Wine & Whiskey Bar is the newest addition to the roster, bringing with it an approachable selection of desserts, meats, cheeses, and—of course—wine and whiskey. The concept comes from owners Matt Miles and Chantell Taylor, who encourage guests to explore unique pairings from a seasonal menu.

La Loma Extending Stay at Original Location

While it’s hard to see La Loma leave its original space, there’s still time to catch the classic Mexican restaurant in its home setting. The Jefferson Park spot announced plans to stay through May 15. The extended stay means La Loma will throw one last Cinco de Mayo party with their signature Mexi-Flag Marg and barrel-aged shots of Don Julio tequila. Stop in through May to get in one last round at La Loma.  

Bonanno Concepts Announces French 75

Chef Frank Bonanno. Photo courtesy of Fellow Magazine and Caitlin Fairly.

Chef Frank Bonanno. Photo courtesy of Fellow Magazine and Caitlin Fairly.

One of Denver’s best known restaurateurs has announced French 75. The new concept from Frank Bonanno is a Parisian-inspired bistro set to open this winter at 17th and Stout streets. Expect French classics for lunch and dinner along with wine, cocktails and beer.

Tengu Shutters in RiNo

After a year-and-a-half run, Tengu has shuttered. The ramen joint at the Industry development on Brighton Boulevard closed for a “spring refresh,” and officially announced the doors are closed for good. According to their Facebook page, the owners “analyzed options and have decided to close Tengu for good.”

Wynkoop Reopens Tomorrow

Wynkoop Brewing Company. Photo Courtesy of Wynkoop Brewing Company.

Wynkoop Brewing Company. Photo Courtesy of Wynkoop Brewing Company.

After a spring closing to remodel and revamp the brewery, Wynkoop Brewing Company’s taproom and restaurant reopens tomorrow. Coinciding with the reopening, the brewery is releasing a throwback batch of the Light Rail Organic Ale in celebration of the Train to the Plane festivities. There will also be free brewery tours for the public every 30 minutes from 3-7:30 p.m.

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