April 22, 2024

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As Some Downtown Denver Restaurants Close, The Velvet Cellar Is All-In

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Are downtown restaurants doomed? Several establishments in that area shuttered recently, including Avelina, a restaurant that had been open at 1550 17th Street since 2016. The increased minimum wage, slow recovery after COVID and office vacancies were among the reasons cited by Kevin Jennings, its North Carolina-based owner, for the eatery’s demise. “Cry me a river about your dinner reservations,” he replied to a Yelp reviewer who complained when Avelina canceled his reservation with no mention of the closure.

“His perspective is shameful and telling. With that attitude, it’s no wonder that they closed the establishment,” says Reilly Chunn, co-owner of another downtown eatery, the Velvet Cellar, which debuted at 1500 Wynkoop Street in December.  “Obviously, the pandemic harmed…

Molly Martin

2024-03-01 09:00:00

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