Mister Tuna will close in November after three years in RiNo

Denver chef and restaurateur Troy Guard will close Mister Tuna, one of his eight Denver restaurant concepts, early next month and reopen the space as an event hall shortly thereafter.

Guard announced the River North Art District closure on Tuesday, weeks after unveiling plans for a new food hall in the Tech Center. The Denver-based chef is also expanding his Guard and Grace steakhouse next month to Houston, Texas.

Mister Tuna is the second restaurant to close at the Industry building on Brighton Boulevard in the last few months. Neighboring Izakaya Ronin opened there at the end of 2017 and closed in August. Mister Tuna opened on the developing stretch of RiNo in 2016.

“Though our opening was strong and optimistic, the construction and consistency struggles that followed have stalled our initial progress,” Guard said in a press release. “We have enjoyed the neighborhood and have decided to move forward with a new conceptualization of the space.”

The new space, Commissary, will have the “amenities of a hotel ballroom,” according to Guard, “but in a sexier space with chef-driven food and Tag hospitality.”