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.”
Private events held there could feature food from any of Guard’s restaurant menus, according to the release. The room fits up to 150 guests inside and up to 300 including the patio. Guard and his team also plan to host their own events, like pop-up dinners and cooking classes.
“Mister Tuna is a concept that is really near and dear to me,” Guard said. “… It was named after my Dad, and the menu is inspired by the food I devoured as a kid in Maui. I really wanted to take some of those favorite memories of growing up and bring them to a neighborhood that was the complete opposite.”
Three years ago, Guard’s sprawling restaurant was one of the earlier concepts to move into this part of the district. But Brighton Boulevard remained under construction for more than two years, starting in 2016. Many area businesses struggled and even closed during that time, partially blaming low customer traffic.
Tag Restaurant Group will still operate 12 businesses around Denver, some with multiple locations. They are Tag, Tag Burger Bar, Bubu, Guard and Grace, HashTag, FnG, Los Chingones and the new Commissary. Mister Tuna will serve its last dinner on Saturday, Nov. 2.
3033 Brighton Blvd., 303-831-8862, 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, until 10:30 Friday and from 5-10:30 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday, mistertuna.com. And for Commissary events: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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