My favorite burger joint in denver is re-opening tomorrow after a 4 month closure. Yep… those juicy cricket burgers, delicious frings + famous bloody marys with a sidecar of coors light, will finally be back for everyone to enjoy. Welcome back to the black sheep of cherry creek north… the cherry cricket!
Just days before thanksgiving 2016, a kitchen fire closed the doors to the cherry cricket. Regulars were heartbroken + shoppers in the area had to find new watering hole for a mid-day break. The staff + owners had to deal with the closure on a deeper level, losing thousands of dollars on a weekly basis for over 4 months. Yikes! I think I can speak for the collective whole when I say, we couldn’t be more excited for tomorrow’s re-opening.
The cherry cricket has held a special place in my heart (and stomach) for a very long time. Years ago when my husband + I lived in our 1st apartment, we spent our weekends bellied up to the bar. We logged countless hours perched on bar stools watching sports + filling our stomachs. The bartenders got to quickly know us + our regular order became commonplace too: a bloody mary for each, an order of stuffed jalapenos with a side of both jam + ranch and usually a little cricket burger with fries to share. We carried on this tradition even after moving out of the area, always being drawn back by the comforts of the space, the friendly but no-bullshit staff + their killer eats.
Presently, our visits include cohen, so, we opt for a booth in the front room or back dining area. Yet, the nostalgia has not changed, nor our fondness of the place. I am curious what will greet us upon re-entering its doors. Will there be major constructional changes after the closure? Will the essence of the cherry cricket still be present? This brick + mortar burger-joint has been around since 1945. While the neighborhood is barely recognizable with the endless changes, the cherry cricket has been a constant in the best way possible.
All I know, is we are happy to have this iconic place back to fill our bellies with the best burgers + cold brews. I hope to sit down in one of their dark green booths, knowing a delicious meal is only moments away. Surely, my endless cherry cricket memories will quickly pour over me as I happily place our order too. I am salivating just thinking about it!
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