Just under a year ago, Sabor Latino underwent a major cosmetic makeover after more than a decade at its second North Denver location on 35th and Tennyson (it originally opened in 1990 on 32nd Avenue), where it plied Denverites with paella, ceviche and sangria.
But the venerable homage to South American cuisine shuttered in late November, joining a litany of other restaurants and bars that have also departed -- or will soon be departing -- the Denver landscape: India's Pearl, Pearl Street Grill and OTOTO all closed on South Pearl Street last weekend; M&D's is no more, leaving in its wake teary customers and a million-dollar debt to the city; California Cafe closed in Park Meadows after fifteen years; Se7en is done; and Gabor's, the beloved bar on Thirteenth and Marion is going dark later this month to make way for a new joint called the Marion Street Tavern, an imminent change that's causing nothing short of a shitstorm among disgruntled Cafe Society commenters.
There had been rumors that Sabor Latino was struggling -- the joint was for sale -- and we know of several chefs and restaurateurs who looked at the space, but no one bit and Sabor Latino now sits vacant. The official announcement from owner Dan Jimenez and his family is this:
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Dear friends, customers and family of Sabor:
First of all we want to thank you for the many years of support, friendships, and many fond memories we have shared during our ownership of Sabor Latino. It has been our pleasure to serve you.
We have, after 22 years of operation in the Highlands neighborhood, decided it is time to turn the page and open a new chapter in our lives.
Of course, businesses come and go, as we know, so we consider it a privilege that we have had the opportunity to be part of this community and neighborhood over this period of time. It is hard to believe that this time has passed, yet with no regrets.
On behalf of my wife Marie, daughter Jessica, my brother-in-law Robert and our staff, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting our endeavors and sharing in much joy over the years. We hope you enjoyed some great meals with your family and friends, and that your memories of times spent at Sabor will love long. We know ours will.
Gracias por los recuerdos. ¡Salud!