Checklist up to date on July 27, 2020
Denver restaurant casualties from the coronavirus pandemic are beginning to mount. And counting them will be troublesome. Many eating places closed quickly through the shutdown, whereas others proceed to provide supply and takeout. Increasingly eateries are reopening this month, however others are asserting everlasting closures. (Observe: This record shall be up to date ceaselessly.)
Meadowlark Kitchen‘s proprietor Casey Karns introduced in early June that his widespread Larimer Road hangout received’t reopen following the shutdown. Meadowlark Kitchen lasted over 5 years above the bar by the identical identify, bringing diners in late-nights for its legendary Denver burgers and local-favorite again patio. “I can’t even start to thank everybody that got here by means of and obtained to take pleasure in (chef) Josh Bitz’s masterful cooking,” Karns wrote on Fb. “It’s been my biggest pleasure in life.”
Punch Bowl Social Stapleton, the second Denver location of the now nationwide chain, received’t reopen its large restaurant, arcade, bowling alley and karaoke bar. Founder and CEO Robert Thompson mentioned he couldn’t come to an settlement with the placement’s landlord on new lease phrases within the present local weather. Punch Bowl Social can also be closing in Schaumburg, Ailing., for a similar purpose. The unique, South Broadway PBS is predicted to reopen, although a timeline hasn’t been set.
The Med, Brasserie Ten Ten and By way of Perla (Boulder) all closed for good as Walnut Restaurant Group determined to not reopen following the coronavirus shutdown. “We merely can’t proceed to run and function our eating places with the extent of high quality and repair that we’re dedicated to offering,” homeowners Joe and Peggy Romano wrote on their eating places’ web sites. The oldest of the three widespread downtown spots, The Med, opened in 1993 and was identified for its tapas menu, its each day comfortable hour and its bustling patio.
12@Madison introduced its closure, on Colorado’s official restaurant reopening day, after three years in Congress Park. Proprietor Jeff Osaka continues to run his different Sushi-Rama eating places, in addition to Osaka Ramen and Empire Lounge (in Louisville). “What could find yourself being left (after coronavirus) is your quick-service or quick meals, or lots of people with deep pockets, your multi-unit operations,” Osaka mentioned. “And, sadly, the panorama goes to be a bit of homogenous or a bit of bland, I concern.”
Tom’s Diner lastly shuttered through the shutdown after a 12 months of back-and-forth discussions over preservation of the 1967 constructing and the longtime Denver enterprise. Whereas the diner received’t be reopening, the constructing will keep intact, due to its new proprietor and developer, GBX Group, an Ohio-based actual property firm specializing in historic preservation. Learn extra concerning the closure on Westword.
Morton’s The Steakhouse completely closed areas throughout the nation in late Could, together with its downtown Denver restaurant on Wazee Road. The closure got here simply a few months after sister restaurant the Palm steakhouse closed on Lawrence Road in downtown Denver. Nationwide steakhouses have turn into a lightening rod for disparities within the restaurant business through the coronavirus. In April, Ruth’s Chris determined to return its $20 million Paycheck Safety mortgage after going through widespread criticism.
La Cour Denver’s Artwork Bar is closed, whereas homeowners Janet Poth and Joe Monley have listed the French bistro, jazz membership and constructing on the market at 1643 S. Broadway for $975,000, BusinessDen reported. “We’re too previous to be on the helm for the venue’s subsequent chapter,” Poth wrote of the choice on the restaurant’s Fb web page. “Our sincerest want is that there are one or two younger professionals who wish to take over the enterprise and the venue.”
Biju’s Little Curry Store closed its final remaining Denver location through the shutdown. The fast-casual South Indian restaurant first opened in RiNo in 2014, earlier than increasing to Tennyson Road and, most not too long ago, Broadway Market. Proprietor Biju Thomas closed the unique location again in October. Broadway Market then adopted and the Berkeley location’s tenure ended with coronavirus. 5280 has extra.
Scratch Burrito introduced its everlasting closure on the finish of April, after seven years in North Denver. “We fought as exhausting as we might and realized that having a solvent enterprise wouldn’t be doable,” proprietor Clay Markwell advised The Denver Put up. “Our gross sales have been minimize down by 52 p.c, and in an business the place folks run on single-digit margins, the mathematics simply doesn’t add up.”
20th Road Cafe closed its doorways downtown after 74 years and three household generations. “We thought we had just a few years left earlier than retiring,” Rod and Karen Okuno wrote of their determination, “however with all that has occurred on this planet and the financial system, we determined that making an attempt to reopen after the pandemic and making an attempt to make a practical go of it will be inconceivable.”
The Market at Larimer Sq. shuttered after greater than 42 years. Proprietor Mark Greenberg mentioned the pandemic sealed his determination to retire. “Life is so unsure now,” Greenberg mentioned, “and I need to have just a few extra moments (with household) … . I simply wished to have the ability to pay my staff what I owed them and never need to go bankrupt. I’m closing like a gentleman, and I be ok with some issues and actually determined about different issues.”
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Euclid Corridor was the primary Denver restaurant to announce its closure — after a decade working in Larimer Sq. — because the shutdown started. “The cumulative results of the COVID-19 virus on our enterprise actually gave us no selection however to shut now,” co-owner Jennifer Jasinski mentioned in a launch. “We’ll proceed to discover a brand new location for Euclid Corridor, an idea all of us love and are assured in.” The restaurant’s lease was set to run out in August.
Racines will shut for good after 36 years in 2021. However the timing of the announcement through the coronavirus shutdown wasn’t intentional, homeowners Lee Goodfriend and David Racine mentioned. They’re below contract to promote the land and constructing at 650 Sherman St. to a developer, and they’re going to reopen sooner or later till their closing time limit on Jan. 15, 2021. “The information of the COVID-19 pandemic and statewide restaurant closures are far more necessary proper now than our future plans,” Goodfriend mentioned in a launch. “Sadly, the progress of the deal forces us to announce this proper now.”
Armida’s, the beloved Mexican restaurant and karaoke bar in Capitol Hill, mentioned goodbye on the finish of June. The homeowners introduced they’d open a brand new restaurant idea, La Milpa, however with out karaoke. The closing hit the neighborhood particularly exhausting as they mourned the decades-old idea identified for its raucous karaoke nights.
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Recent Fish Firm introduced in the beginning of July that it will shut for good after 40 years in Denver. The locally-owned seafood restaurant struggled to make up for the lack of income whereas paying for overhead at its Hampden Avenue location. “We’ll deeply miss the chance to rejoice these particular events,” homeowners Karen Kristopeit-Parker and Tim Bell wrote in a Fb publish. “We’re so grateful to all of you on your loyalty and help for all these years!”
C.B. & Potts Restaurant and Brewery closed 4 of its 5 areas throughout Colorado and offered the Fort Collins restaurant. The brewery started as a university pub in 1974, two blocks from Colorado State College in 1974 and expanded throughout the state within the 1990s. Although the proprietor declined to touch upon the explanations for this determination, Jeff Iverson Jr. mentioned the closures have been associated to coronavirus in an electronic mail to Westword.
Nick’s Diner introduced on Fb in June that it will not reopen after seven years in Denver. The restaurant opened at 3743 Federal Boulevard in 2013, the previous location of the decades-old Breakfast Queen. Their menu supplied all kinds of Mexican, Greek and American meals, together with their well-known meatloaf.
Wendell’s, the Berkeley breakfast staple, closed because of coronavirus after two years in Denver. Opened by the previous head chef at Linger, Wendell’s targeted on high-end takes on brunch favorites from breakfast poutine to buttermilk pancakes. In a publish on the restaurant’s web site, they wrote, “Our crew hopes to see your faces round city within the not-so-distant future.”
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