Cherry Cricket reopening on April 11
Cherry Cricket Watch 2017 is nearly over: Lee Driscoll, one of the Cricket’s owners, said that the iconic restaurant, which closed due to a fire back in November, will reopen on April 11. And just in case you were worried that the Cricket might have been brought into the 21st century with a facelift or remodel, rest assured: It will be exactly the same.
“We didn’t let any fancy restaurant designers anywhere near the place,” Driscoll told us. “The lighting is still a little garish. The thing about the Cricket that we love, and that we hope the public loves, is that it’s an authentic place. Our main goal was to bring the Cricket back to where it was before.”
To celebrate the grand reopening, Driscoll and company have a festive week of events planned. A ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 11 kicks things off, followed by cake and champagne — or sparkling wine; this is the Cricket after all — inside the restaurant.
On April 12, the Cricket will host a food drive for Metro Caring: Anyone who brings in more than three cans gets a free basket of fries. It’ll also pay tribute to the firefighters who put out the November blaze with a new Fire Belly burger. A dollar of each Fire Belly burger sold will be donated to the firehouses that helped save the restaurant.
“They were fantastic,” Driscoll said of the firefighters. “They saved our beloved Cherry Cricket.”
Alas, it’s not all ribbons and fry baskets: Let us not forget those who perished in the November fire. At 5 p.m. on April 13, a memorial service will take place for the three fish that lost their lives in the fire. There will be bagpipes. There will be dancers. There will almost certainly be tears. RIP, nameless fish.
Everyone will be back in a celebratory mood on the 14th, when the Denver Broncos bus will be parked out front — perfect for selfies and QB debates. Staff will hand out Easter candy over the weekend — because what better place to celebrate a resurrection than at the newly resurrected Cricket?
Speaking of the staff, Driscoll said that everyone will be back.
“We’re as proud of that as anything,” he said. “That we have that kind of loyalty from our staff.”
And as for that new Ballpark Cherry Cricket location we recently told you about? That’s going to have to wait until late fall or early 2018. The wheels are in motion for the Cricket to take over the current Breck on Blake space, but the owners want to make sure it’s done right.
“We don’t want to do a cookie cutter or a chain or a knockoff version. We want to exemplify the good qualities of the Cricket in a different space,” Driscoll said.
For now, we anxiously await April 11 and the reopening of the original, when every wrong will be righted and every right will be rewarded. Or maybe we’ll just be able to get peanut butter on our burgers again.
A Cricket Burger. Yum.