If there’s been a serious void in your casual dining game, the long wait for a Cricket Burger and basket of frings is (almost) over.
After being closed nearly four months due to a kitchen fire, the famous 71-year-old Cherry Creek North restaurant, The Cherry Cricket, plans to reopen its doors to the public April 11 at 11 a.m. Although most of the restaurant will remain the same, the Cricket will boast a new kitchen and infrastructure.
“Despite being cleaned up and brought back to its original state, The Cricket will remain the ‘black sheep’ of Cherry Creek North. We didn’t let any fancy restaurant designers anywhere near it, but we did spruce up the restrooms, which we don’t imagine anyone will complain about,” says co-owner Lee Driscoll. “We can’t wait to get back to what we do best—burgers, beer and of course, frings. As a thank you to the Denver firefighters who saved our beloved Cricket, we will offer a special Fire Belly Burger. For the month of April, $1 from every Fire Belly Burger sold will go back to the fire houses who helped us.”
The Cherry Cricket describes the Fire Belly Burger as a half-pound Cricket Burger with strawberry habañero cream cheese, fried onions and grilled jalapeños topped with tender pork belly and served on a sesame Kaiser bun.
To celebrate the reopening, The Cherry Cricket will be hosting a series of events April 11-16. See the schedule below. Check the restaurant’s website for updates, restaurant hours and specials.
To kick off the festivities, The Cricket will host a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. to officially reopen the restaurant, complete with complimentary cake and champagne (i.e. cheap sparkling wine) throughout the day and night to celebrate.
Bring the family, hang with firefighters and help support Metro Caring! Anyone who brings in three or more cans of food will receive a free basket of fries. Additionally, the firefighters who helped with The Cricket fire will be there from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., giving fire truck tours, taking photos and mingling with guests of all ages.
To honor the three brave fish who lost their lives in the fire, The Cricket is holding a “funeral” at 5 p.m. Bagpipes and dancers will lead the procession and music will carry on into the evening.
The infamous Broncos tailgating bus will be parked out front for guests to take tours and get a glimpse of the “Best Tailgate” trophy. A handful of best pictures from the day using #cherrycricketisopen tag will win an assortment of Broncos swag.
The Cricket will be handing out Easter candy and anyone lucky enough to find a golden egg will get Easter lunch on the house.