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Remembering Denver Restaurateurs Mel and Janie Master

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If I were to carve a Mount Rushmore of restaurateurs from the history of Denver dining — but in particular the ’80s and early ’90s — the figures would be Cliff Young, Corky Douglass, Thoa Fink, Noel Cunningham, Blair Taylor and Melvyn Master.

Some of these, as a friend lovingly puts it, “have gone to heaven.”

And now, Melvyn Master has, as has his wife, Janie.

Melvyn — but “Mel,” always Mel — and Janie Master, spouses for some sixty years, rewrote the conventional wedding vow “until death do us part” and joined each other in passing peacefully on September 2 at Pegasos, a voluntary-assisted dying association in Basel, Switzerland.

The Masters’ many years in Denver, in clusters from the ’70s and into the ’90s, bejeweled the city’s dining scene with several…

Bill St. John

2023-09-08 13:32:00

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