With no reopening date in sight yet in Denver, restaurant casualties from the coronavirus pandemic are starting to mount. And counting them can be difficult — many restaurants have closed temporarily during the shutdown, while others continue to offer delivery and takeout. We’ll keep this list updated as we know for sure.
La Cour Denver’s Art Bar is closed, while owners Janet Poth and Joe Monley have listed the French bistro, jazz club and building for sale at 1643 S. Broadway for $975,000, BusinessDen reported Monday. “We are too old to be at the helm for the venue’s next chapter,” Poth wrote of the decision on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “Our sincerest wish is that there are one or two young professionals who would like to take over the business and the venue.”
Biju’s Little Curry Shop closed its last remaining Denver location during the shutdown. The fast-casual South Indian restaurant first opened in RiNo in 2014, before expanding to Tennyson Street and, most recently, Broadway Market. Owner Biju Thomas closed the original location back in October. Broadway Market then followed and the Berkeley location’s tenure ended with coronavirus. 5280 has more.
Scratch Burrito announced its permanent closure at the end of April, after seven years in North Denver. “We fought as hard as we could and realized that having a solvent business would not be possible,” owner Clay Markwell told The Denver Post. “Our sales have been cut down by 52 percent, and in an industry where people run on single-digit margins, the math just doesn’t add up.”
20th Street Cafe closed its doors downtown after 74 years and three family generations. “We thought we had a few years left before retiring,” Rod and Karen Okuno wrote of their decision, “but with all that has happened in the world and the economy, we decided that trying to reopen after the pandemic and trying to make a realistic go of it would be impossible.”
The Market at Larimer Square shuttered after more than 42 years. Owner Mark Greenberg said the pandemic sealed his decision to retire. “Life is so uncertain now,” Greenberg said, “and I want to have a few more moments (with family) … . I just wanted to be able to pay my employees what I owed them and not have to go bankrupt. I’m closing like a gentleman, and I feel good about some things and really desperate about other things.”
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Euclid Hall was the first Denver restaurant to announce its closure — after a decade operating in Larimer Square — as the shutdown began. “The cumulative effects of the COVID-19 virus on our business really gave us no choice but to close now,” co-owner Jennifer Jasinski said in a release. “We will continue to explore a new location for Euclid Hall, a concept we all love and are confident in.” The restaurant’s lease was set to expire in August.
Racines will close for good after 36 years in 2021. But the timing of the announcement during the coronavirus shutdown wasn’t intentional, owners Lee Goodfriend and David Racine said. They are under contract to sell the land and building at 650 Sherman St. to a developer, and they will reopen at some point until their final closing date on Jan. 15, 2021. “The news of the COVID-19 pandemic and statewide restaurant closures are much more important right now than our future plans,” Goodfriend said in a release. “Unfortunately, the progress of the deal forces us to announce this right now.”
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