After a week free of closings we settle back into the harsh reality of the booming Denver culinary scene — every grand opening always seems to bring with it a shutter or two. We lose two LoHi restaurants this week, gain a new bakery in Five Points and much more.
Jezebel’s Southern Bistro Shutters
After just four years since opening, Jezebel’s Southern Bistro shut their doors for good on Monday, October 10. Announcing their shutter on facebook, husband and wife duo and owners Wanda James and Scott Durrah explain that although they are closing the doors of Jezebel’s they are opening the doors to a new culinary venture — because with time comes change, and with change we learn to adapt and evolve in the industry, which is exactly what these two hope to do.
“This is not the end of our love affair with food; it is another beginning. Wanda and I have decided to focus entirely on changing the world through food and cannabis. I am excited to announce Simply Cooking Catering and Cooking School! Stay tuned; over the next week we will release all the details,” announced chef Scott via Jezebel’s Facebook
Vita Restaurant Closes After 10 Years
After ten years inhabiting the large two-story space on 16th and Boulder Street, Vita announced their shutter, expressing their need to pass the torch to this next fresh group and concept.
“Over the last ten years we have had the pleasure of serving our guests and meeting some amazing people. You have trusted us when you have proposed to your future spouses, had your weddings on our rooftop and held your important business meetings, rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, presentations, first dates and other life events. We thank you for entrusting us with these life events and we have always felt honored that you chose Vita as the venue for them.” — Announced on Vita’s website.
The Rolling Pin Bakeshop to Open in Five Points
After 37 years conceptualizing this project, Jay Thomas — owner of the Rolling Pin — announces the bakery’s grand opening will be two days after Rosenberg’s reopens (October 18). Rosenberg’s owner, Josh Pollack, gained the lease to the space next door to Rosenberg’s in hopes of getting Jay’s concept off the ground. The Rolling Pin will continue to supply a large portion of the baked goods to it’s neighbor while also serving its customers with its own separate storefront. So instead of waiting next door for your Italian rainbow cookie fix, you’ll now be able to head to the bakery for all your bakery treat needs.
Los Chingones Announces Taco Winner
In honor of National Taco Day (October 4), Los Chingones held a design-your-own taco contest that started mid-September and continued through the end of the month. The overall winner, Christine Comer, won with 95 votes on her creation, “The Buckin’ Bronco,” made with spicy chorizo, fire-roasted green chiles, Olathe sweet corn, queso fresco and cilantro. During the entire month of October, Comer’s creation will be featured as the wild card taco at the RiNo location.
Oskar Blues Announces International Expansion
The pioneers of craft brews in a can have seen major growth in the past year, officially distributing to all 50 states. Their next endeavor involves their expanding to a larger market overseas. By the end of this year into early 2017, Oskar Blues will launch and expand into nine international markets including Puerto Rico, Spain, Chile, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium.
“After launching the canned craft beer movement in the U.S. we’re ready to push boundaries around the globe.” said Chris Russell, Business Development Director of Oskar Blues
UberEATS Launches in Denver
The UberEATS app launched last Friday, offering food delivery from over 100 participating restaurants in the Mile High from the downtown area, up I-70 and all across the DTC. Deliveries can be made seven days a week from local favorites such as Bones, Park Burger, Vital Root and several more. For a limited time they will be offering free delivery on all orders.