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When you’re in front of the Illegal Pete’s location at 1530 16th Street and wondering why it’s locked and dark, look one block up at the mall. After two decades in its original location, the burrito shop was repackaged and reopened this week on 16th Street and Wazee Street in a former corner of Dixons that was occupied by Lucky Pie. The new space is twice the size of the previous location and has more outdoor seating. The original Pete’s Illegal opened back in January 2001 and was the first in founder Pete Turner’s growing restaurant chain outside of Boulder. So the new space celebrates 20 years of Illegal Pete’s in Denver and offers downtown burrito fans what they’ve been missing since the move began last December.

The Bacon Social House is also growing. The breakfast restaurant, which started in Sunnyside in 2015 and added an outpost in Littleton in 2019, now has a different location. The company (which also runs a restaurant in Minneapolis) just opened a Bacon Social House on South Broadway and Evans Avenue that was previously the Morning Collective (and was Huevos Tacos for short).

New this week is Famille, which opened at the Origin Hotel in Westminster. Famille is overseen by Chef Laurent Mechin, best known for his tenure at Jill’s Restaurant at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder. Also debuting Boulder’s first Shake Shack (the fifth in Colorado).

Here is our full list of restaurant and bar openings and closings this week:

Restaurants and bars open this week *
Bacon Community House, 2160 South Broadway
Elevat 38, 5455 West 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge
Family, 8875 Westminster Boulevard, Westminster
Hidden Gems, 1411 Larimer Street
MonoMono Korean Fried Chicken, 1550 Blake Street
Shake Shack, 1680 29th Street, Boulder
Squeeze Juicery (in Kobe An), 3400 Osage Street

Restaurants Moving This Week *
Illegal Pete’s (from 1530 16th Street), 1610 16th Street

Restaurants and bars close this week *
Denver Streets, 1501 East Colfax Avenue

* Or earlier and not previously reported.

Do you know of openings or closings that are not on our list? Let us know in the comments or send an email to [email protected]

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Mark Antonation is the Westword Food & Drink Editor. He began eating and writing about every restaurant on Federal Boulevard, and continues to report on Metro Denver’s diverse international food scene and the city’s rapidly changing dining landscape. Mark was named an Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association in 2018.