Reader: Sorry about Ondo's, but restaurants don't thrive in subterranean spaces
Ondo's will empty its last bottle on New Year's Eve.
Restaurants are rushing to open before the end of the year -- and that's also the time when we'll suddenly see closures. The sad news started this week, when Ondo's Spanish Tapas Bar announced that after four years in a subterranean space in Cherry Creek, it will go underground for good on December 31. Although the restaurant has plenty of fans (it made our recent list of the Ten Best Restaurants in Cherry Creek), everyone agrees it also had a lousy location.
I don't believe there is a single restaurant in the Cherry Creek area that has thrived in one of those subterranean spaces. Think Argyll (and before that Squealing Pig) and Tambien. Jury is still out on Margs...good summer crowd but seems pretty slow there these days. I'd like to know how La Merise and Sweet Ginger are doing. Also, I recall a series of restaurants and night clubs downstairs on Fillmore years ago before that area dried up and has now been reinvented.
It's a tough location for sure.
Can you think of any subterranean restaurants that have survived in Cherry Creek? Anywhere else in town? Another reader suggests that this is also a tough town for tapas restaurants. When Ondo's closes, where will you go for tapas?
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