The owners heard about the impending construction just three days after they'd signed the lease on their space. "A couple of days before, we saw people walking around taking pictures," Mason said, and when they asked what these shutterbugs were doing, they were told it was nothing — that maybe a prospective buyer had been found for the property or that space was being measured for putting in dumpsters. Instead, it was a major construction project — so major that Mundo had to close for a week at the end of September so that its windows could be redone.

What's really sad is that Mundo has been steadily improving its board, adding daily slices inspired by Pizzeria Bianco in Arizona (where Patrick Pool, brother of original owner John Pool, worked before coming to Denver to save Mundo) and a long menu of sandwiches made with super-local ingredients (most of the greenery taken directly from Denver Urban Gardens). Want to help the partners hang on? Head down to Mundo for a slice and a beer. Or better yet, six or eight whole pies and forty beers.

Things might be looking gloomy for Mundo — but they're downright black over at Via (1801 Wynkoop Street). The beautiful, upscale Italian restaurant in the Ice House served its last meal over the weekend and then closed its doors — just as Brasserie Rouge, Anita's Crab Shack and Cucina Cucina had done before in this space. By Tuesday, the phone was disconnected and even the website pulled down.

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5370 Greenwood Plaza Blvd.
Englewood, CO 80111

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: Southeast Denver Suburbs

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5380 Greenwood Plaza Blvd.
Englewood, CO 80111

Category: Restaurant > Japanese

Region: Southeast Denver Suburbs

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5345 Landmark Place
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Southeast Denver Suburbs

I called owners Venanzio and Anthony Momo at their other restaurant, Cucina Colore in Cherry Creek, and while I couldn't raise either of them, I did get manager Jeff Johnson, who gave this brief explanation: "It was just the normal thing. Tough economic times."

While business at Via had been rockin' on the weekends, the place just wasn't filling Monday through Thursday. And that made the decision to close a foregone conclusion. But at least it's good news for patrons of Cucina Colore, since the Momos' executive chef, James Mazzio, will be there a lot more often now that he no longer has Via (or the above-mentioned Neighborhood Flix) to distract him. "I'd say you'll be seeing more of him around the kitchen now," Johnson told me.

Finally, it's not quite as bad as taking his $50,000 and running, but still, I added insult to injury in last week's Bite Me when I got Thanos Lemonidis's name completely wrong. In writing about his lawsuit against Chuck Cattaneo, who'd made a deal to sell him the downtown Brix and then sold it to someone else entirely, I referred to him as Stanos Christou. "It's okay," Lemonidis told me, saying that because Regas Christou is his uncle, "people make that mistake all the time."

But it's not okay. My apologies.

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