This was a big year for food and booze in Denver. From esteemed chefs pouring in from all corners of the country to open new and exciting restaurants to fresh bar concepts, distilleries, breweries and coffee shops — 2018 was a year of dining and drinking expansion, to say the least. Some of the new additions are even gaining national attention from big names like Bon Appétit. Now, we loosen our belts, look to the future and prepare for yet another momentous year of eating and drinking in Denver.

Stay tuned — we will update this as more information arises.

Avanti Boulder

Photo Courtesy of Avanti F&B, a collective eatery on Facebook

Where: 1401 Pearl St., Boulder 

Estimated opening: Late 2019

The Lowdown: The popular food hall/restaurant incubator is coming to Boulder. Taking over the former Cheesecake Factory, the 13,000-square-foot spot will take hold on Pearl Street. Like its Denver location, it’ll have various food vendors (six to be exact), two bars and a rooftop patio. New for Boulder will be a coffee and pastry spot for the early morning crowd.

READ: Avanti is Opening a Location in Boulder

Melted / Reunion Bread Company / Isabel

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The Source. Photo By Roman Tafoya

Where: 3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver

Estimated opening: Early – Spring 2019

The Lowdown: The Source is getting an overhaul. With several vendors leaving, new ones are taking root. One of the first will be Reunion Bread Company, a worldly bakery with breads from South Africa, England, Venezuela, and the United States. It is taking over the former bread shop once housed by Babettes, which now resides in Longmont (alongside its new pizza concept). Next up, one of the owners the Source’s iconic Acorn is taking over the Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe counter to open “Melted.” Bryan Dayton’s dessert shop will have soft-serve and house-made cookies come this spring. Last but not least, a new bar is opening in the heart of the marketplace. Called “Isabel,” it’ll also double as a juice bar during the day. At night juice will still make an appearance in cocktails made with spirits primarily from Mexico and South America. The new watering hole will be helmed by Justin Anderson (Zeppelin Station, MONEYGUN, Revival Food Hall), Michael Huebner (Zeppelin Station, Revival Food Hall) and Annie Montgomery (Zeppelin Station, Nocturne, Modis). It’s named after a badass Colorado woman, Isabel Nesmith Evans. She was Denver’s first female industrialist in the city as president of the Colorado Iron Works back in the early 20th century. The bar doesn’t currently have an opening date, but with RiNo Yacht Club leaving this weekend — we bet it won’t be long.

RiNo Yacht Club (New Location)

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RiNo Yacht Club.Photo by Roman Tafoya

Where: TBA

Estimated opening: Summer 2019

The Lowdown: The legendary bar in the Source Marketplace is leaving its original home. Bar owners and tastemakers, Mary Allison Wright and McLain Hedges are looking for their very own brick-and-mortar in Denver. After developing bar programs across the city, they are now focusing their attention on bringing their “full vision to life.” No word yet on where that will be.

Leevers Locavore

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Where: 2630 W. 38th Ave., Denver

Estimated opening: Spring 2019

The Lowdown: Taking over the old Save-A-Lot store on 38th, this new market will bring a Leevers gourmet grocery to the area with help from restaurateurs Jeff Osaka and Justin Brunson. Osaka is likely to bring a hybrid of some of his best concepts (think ramen, sushi, rice bowls and wraps) whereas Brunson is likely to spearhead the butchery. On the shelves, the grocer plans to bring in mostly local, natural and organic ingredients for shoppers to peruse.

 Broadway Market

Photo by Kayla Jones

Where: 950 Broadway, Denver

Estimated opening: February 15, 2019

The Lowdown: Broadway Market has been on everyone’s radar since it was first announced in March. And the team behind this highly anticipated space has brought on big names like Pizzeria Coperta, an Ottoman-inspired spot by chef Daniel Asher, an outpost of Biju’s — and more. They still have plenty of space to fill in the market and construction is underway for the new food hall. Currently, it is set to finish in December with an expected February opening. Check back here to follow our updates.

READ: Broadway Market Announces Opening Date And Additional Vendors

 

Little Man Factory

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Where: 4411 W. Colfax Ave., Denver

Estimated Opening: Summer 2019

The Lowdown: Little Man has grown to be a sweet staple of the Denver community. And the new Little Man Factory (originally slated to open in 2018) will triple the company’s ice cream production. The company plans to make the factory its flagship location in the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood. Modeled off the interior of an industrial ice cream churn, the new spot will also have a Willy Wonka-type tasting room, including a conveyor belt that transports ice cream and goodies overhead. Boasting scoops, pints, ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, malts, ice cream flights and new baked goods, the new Little Man location is going bigger and better than ever here in the Mile High City.

 

Denver Street Eats

Rendering courtesy of Delaware North.

Where: Denver International Airport, Great Hall

Estimated opening: Summer 2019

The Lowdown: As a part of the renovation of the Great Hall at Denver International Airport, Denver Street Eats will mirror its concept off the bustling restaurant scene in RiNo by bringing in local chefs from the area. Currently, Jeff Osaka, known for his sushi and ramen joints in RiNo, will open Osaka Kitchen, whereas Biju Thomas, known for his famous fast-casual Indian food, will bring something of his own.

Golden Mill Market

Rendering courtesy of Golden Mill.

Where: 1012 Ford Street, Golden

Estimated Opening: End of 2019

The Lowdown: Located in the historic Golden Mill, the 150-year-old building will be transformed into a bustling food hall. Featuring a coffee shop, a central bar, several food vendors, event space, and a flexible community gathering area, the project was spearheaded by Golden residents who bought the space after they were concerned it might become condos. The forthcoming market will be two buildings totaling in 6,000 square feet. The original Mill building will remain intact and an additional 1,500 square feet added to the warehouse building next door.

Tributary Market & Drinkery

Photo courtesy of Tributary Market & Drinkery on Facebook

Where: 1012 Ford Street, Golden

Estimated Opening: Early 2019

The Lowdown: Yet another food hall is set to open in Golden. This one, however, comes from chef Daniel Asher and restaurateur Josh Dinar (the two are also behind the Ottoman concept coming to Broadway Market). For their own spot, there will be eight food vendors and drink stalls totaling 3,000 square feet. According to Denver Eater, Kona Bowls, Woodgrain Bagels, Generous Coffee and a sandwich shop by the chef at Denver’s Brider are all signed on. According to Asher, the new market is still on track to open in early 2019.

Brass Tacks

Rendering courtesy of Consume & Create.

Where: 1526 Blake Street., Denver

Estimated opening: Early 2019

The Lowdown: Brass Tacks is opening inside the historic building that formerly housed Blake Street Vault. Led by husband and wife duo Katsumi Yuso Ruiz and Stephen Julia, the aim of this new space is to offer the same high-quality cocktails as their other bar — Denver Central Market’s Curio Bar — but at affordable prices and in an unpretentious environment. They wanted that same approachability to run throughout the entire project and brought on chef Zach Spott to roll out food menu for all types of diners. From lunchtime sandwiches and salads to happy hour bar snacks and ‘shareables’ for dinner, chef Spott is aiming to keep the bites as casual as bar manager Stuart Jensen’s beverage program.

Owlbear BBQ

Photo courtesy of Owlbear

Where: 2826 Larimer St., Denver

Estimated Opening: Early 2019

The Lowdown: After a long and tumultuous delay, the beloved BBQ spot Owlbear is back.  According to owner and pitmaster Karl Fallenius, the RiNo spot is aiming for early 2019. He said they will return with old favorites (like the fatty brisket and succulent pulled pork) as well as new specials, vegan-friendly options, and house made barbecue sauce. While we’re looking forward to all the tasty meats, we can’t wait to see what vegan delights he pulls from his smoker.

Cart Driver LoHi

Photo courtesy of Cart Driver.

Where2239 West 30th Ave., Denver

Estimated Opening: TBA

The Lowdown: Cart-Driver has been rocking rustic Italian street fare since opening in RiNo four years ago. Now, this local favorite its spreading its wings and heading to LoHi. In 2019 the eatery will open a second location in the former home of Z Cuisine. Outside of expanding the wine program, the new Cart Driven will stay true to its original style, with classics like wood-fired pizza, oysters and small plates from head chef Andrew Van Stee.

 

Edgewater Public Market

Rendering courtesy of Meridian 105 and Edgewater Echo.

Where20th Avenue & Depew Street 

Estimated Opening: Summer 2019

The Lowdown: Going into the vacant King Soopers west of Sloan’s Lake, this new food hall is slated to open in the summer of 2019. In addition to talk of a yoga studio, Cross Fit gym and natural pet retailer, this space is looking to add multiple restaurants to the roster.

Editor’s note: the address of this Edgewater Public Market was updated to reflect the correct address. 

So Radish

Scott Spears and So Radish.

Where5711 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada.

Estimated Opening: Early 2019

The Lowdown: From barbecue to steak, Denver meat eaters will be in good hands in 2019. And now, so will Denver vegans. So Radish, slated to open in the old diner that most recently housed Ophelia’s Restaurant, is coming to the Mile High City in 2019 with dishes like a lettuce wrap filled with Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, jalapeños, cucumber and pickled radish, a mac and cheese recipe made from cashew cream and even a Southern-style “pulled” jackfruit barbecue sandwich. Essentially, carnivores, omnivores and vegans alike can look forward to this new spot opening in the new year.

Middlestate Coffee

Photo by Alden Bonecutter

Where: 212 Santa Fe Drive, Denver

Estimated Opening: Early 2019

The Lowdown: Since 2016, MiddleState Coffee has been operating out of a small space on 17 East Fourth Avenue. And now, owner/roaster Jay DeRose is expanding into new realms. The new space is a 3,000 square foot warehouse at 212 Santa Fe Drive, and the cafe portion is expected to open in early 2019.

Run for the Roses

Photo courtesy of Run for The Roses on Facebook.

Where: 1801 Blake St., Suite 10, Denver

Estimated Opening: February 2019

The Lowdown: This swanky LoDo addition comes from Steven Waters — formerly of Black Eye Coffee / White Lies. Originally scheduled to debut in the first quarter of 2018, it is now predicted to open in early 2019 and will occupy a former Irish bar on Blake Street in the new Dairy Block development. Though Run for the Roses will feature classic Derby-style drinks, this bar is not claiming to be a Kentucky Derby theme nor a speakeasy. Rather, it is playing on the iconic atmosphere of luck, superstition and fun that surrounds the race track. Offshoots of classics like an Alaskan will be the highlight of Water’s newest venture, joined by well-known concoctions such as the Manhattan and Old Fashioned. Specialty cocktails featuring high-end spirits will also be available on a separate menu as well as drinks made with spirits you may not know of or are not as accessible in Denver.

Blue Sparrow

Photo by Danielle Webster

Where: 1615 Platte St., Denver

Estimated Opening: Summer 2019

The Lowdown: In April of 2017, Blue Sparrow Coffee opened its first location in RiNo. Since, the small space has gained attention across the city as a beloved craft coffee cafe and one of Denver’s only providers of ready-to-drink CBD coffee, among its many other memorable offerings. And now, it’s expanding. The petite 470-square-foot cafe will open a second location, offering the same unique fare as its first location with the addition of some awesome upgrades. The new cafe is slated to open by the summer of 2019.

Sushi-Rama

Photo by Alden Bonecutter

Where13650 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora 80011

Estimated Opening: Early 2019

The Lowdown: Originally from LA, chef-owner Jeff Osaka arrived in Denver in 2008 with the intent of opening a downtown concept. He has since expanded to multiple venues — Osaka Ramen, Tammen’s Fish Market, 12 @ Madison and soon to be five Sushi Ramas. The fifth location is expected to open in early 2019.

LeRoux – Opened

Photo by Giacomo DiFranco.

Where: 1555 Blake St., Suite 102, Denver

Estimated Opening: Opened December 26

The Lowdown: Originally expected to open in the summer of 2018, LeRoux just opened with a menu packed with the flavors of France, Germany, Italy and Spain to Denver. The new spot is the fifth concept by ChoLon Restuarant Concepts and with unique plays on dishes like scallops, tartines and escargot, it brings classics from some of Europes most beloved countries.

Cho77

Red chili pork dumplings at Cho77. Photo by Glenn Ross

Where: 16th and Blake St., Denver

Estimated Opening: Early 2019

The Lowdown: Formerly located on South Broadway, Cho77 was known for dishing out twists on Asian street food (like their famous Cheeseburger shumai). Now the fusion hotspot is moving downtown to be next to its sister restaurant, ChoLon and its newest addition — LeRoux. With the move, Cho77 is adding breakfast and lunch with the rumor that breakfast dumplings are on the menu. We’re already sold.

Voodoo Doughnuts

Photography by Caitlin Savage

Photography by Caitlin Savage

Where: 98 South Broadway, Denver

Estimated Opening: TBA

The Lowdown: This summer it was announced that beloved Famous Pizza would close on the corner of Ellsworth and South Broadway after 40 years. The iconic joint’s closure was a blow to the many people who loved the spot for a casual slice. In their place, Voodoo Doughnuts will take over the South Broadway haunt for their second Denver location. Still no word on exactly when they’ll start slinging doughnuts, but we’re glad the popular spot isn’t becoming apartments or something equally as lame.

The Constellation Ice Cream

Photo courtesy of Little Man Ice Cream.

Where: 10175 East 29th Dr., Denver, Colorado

Estimated Opening: TBA

The Lowdown: Originally slated to open in early 2018, this project is nearly a year behind schedule and the anticipation is greater than ever. The Constellation Ice Cream will pay homage to Stapleton’s deep history in aviation. It is named after The Lockheed Constellation — a mid-20th-century passenger aircraft. To fully embrace this historic space, a 75 foot-long replica of an aircraft wing will top the ice cream kiosk. Underneath the wing will be a 354-square-foot walk-up kiosk and outdoor patio seating with a fire pit and heat lamps. In addition, the space will serve the same scratch-made ice cream and sorbet that we’ve come to know and love from Little Man.

Masa – Open

Photo courtesy of Masa via Facebook

Where: Arista Broomfield Community

Estimated Opening: Early 2019

The Lowdown:  Masa, a Kevin Taylor Restuarant Group concept, will serve contemporary fare rooted in the traditional flavors of Mexico to Broomfield. Located near the group’s other restaurant, Hickory & Ash, the team behind this new space is looking forward to providing tradition and flavor to Broomfield. With dishes like tacos al pastor, pork shoulder molcajete, Oaxacan chile rellenos and tilapia Veracruz — this menu may be worth the commute. In addition to the cuisine, the bar will have a classic Mexican focus with agave spirits, more than 30 tequilas and mezcal, craft margaritas, palomas as well as Mexican beer and wine. Essentially, if you’re craving something south of the border, Masa plans on having it.

READ: Kevin Taylor Restaurant

Group Opens a Modern Mexican Cocina in Arista Broomfield

Maine Shack

Lobster Roll. Photo by Alden Bonecutter.

Where: 1535 Central St., Denver

Estimated Opening: Spring 2019

The Lowdown: Max Mackissock, Katie O’Shea and Juan Padro — who are three of the minds behind favorites like Señor Bear, Bar Dough and Morin, are partnering with Drew Ryan, producer at MoBoogie and John Caprio, general manager of Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater, to open Maine Shack. The space will focus on coastal dishes from lobster rolls to fried clams and roast beef sandwiches. And it’s even planning to serve beer and wine — something that we can all appreciate. The kitchen will be led by New England native Craig Dixon, a long-time Boston dweller and seafood wiz. Dixon spent years working at his family’s roast beef and clam shack before working at Vita, Honor Society and Bar Dough. Now, he’s setting sail on a new adventure and bringing the flavors of the Gulf of Maine to LoHi in 2019.

 

Noble Riot

Photo Courtesy of Nocturne‎ on Facebook

Where: RiNo  TBA

Estimated Opening: Spring 2019

The Lowdown: Formerly set to open inside the former Rebel space (RIP), this wine-focused bar from the owners of Nocturne had to find new digs. According to Nicole Mattson, co-owner at Nocturne, the bar is still set to open somewhere in RiNo this spring and will focus on natural wines.

Raglin Market – Five Points

Photo of Raglin Market drinks courtesy of Raglin Market via Facebook

Where: Five Points neighborhood – TBA

Estimated Opening: TBA

The Lowdown: If you’re familiar with the Boulder dining scene, you’ve probably heard of Mateo — an eatery inspired by the Provence Region in Europe with simple dishes and an exquisite wine list. Now, the man behind this local icon is taking on a new venture. Raglin Market opened its first location Friday, December 7, in Boulder. Its second outpost will open in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood in 2019.

Choice Market(s)

Courtesy of Choice Market on Facebook.

Where: 10th and Osage – June 2019

Where: 2200 E. Colfax Ave –  October 2019

The Lowdown: Choice Market first opened last year in downtown Denver and brought with it quick service, fresh quality food from local vendors, grocery necessities, delivery on demand and the latest technology into a new kind of convenience store. And now, it’s announced two new openings in 2019. The second Choice Market location is set to open on the ground floor of the new Denver Housing Authority headquarters at the 10th and Osage light rail stop in Mariposa — and is slated to open in June of 2019. The third, will open on the site of a former restaurant on Colfax and is scheduled to open in October of 2019. Expect goods from local favorites like Rosenberg’s Bagels, Corvus Coffee, Maria Empanada, Tender Belly and The Real Dill to stock the shelves.

 

Frozen Matter Wash Park

Photo by Rachelle Foos

Where: 1061 South Gaylord St., Denver

Estimated Opening: Early 2019

The Lowdown: Although been its been in the works for over a year, Frozen Matter is still on track to open in Wash Park in 2019. Set to open its doors in the first quarter of the year, Frozen Matter will bring its locally-made ice cream from its micro-creamery in Uptown. Unfortunately, it won’t have a super cool speakeasy in the back like its first location.

Postino(s)

Photo by Lucy Beauguard

 

Where: 9th and Colorado Development, Denver (Fall/Winter 2019) 

Where: 145 Broadway, Denver (Summer 2019)

The Lowdown: The popular wine cafe in LoHi is branching out to two new spots in Denver. First, it’ll bring its bruschetta and approachable wine list to the formerly beloved Broadway bar Compound Basix. Next, it’ll head east to 9th and Colorado and find a home in the forthcoming 26-acre Urban Infill Project, which was once home to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.

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