The joined houses at 4900 East Colfax Avenue have served as a restaurant site for decades, with the likes of Tante Louise, the Cork House and the Cork House Broker filling the space. After a brief vacancy, Red Octave Kitchen & Bar moved in last year, offering a more casual atmosphere with sports on TV and a band stage where owner Phil Long and his cohorts could entertain guests. But the restaurant space is once again vacant; a sign went up at the end of last week to announce Red Octave's closure after only nine months in business.
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Red Octave's Facebook page offered the following as explanation:
Thank You All for your warm welcome & support. We hate to close our doors and go, but go we must. The mountains are calling.
We appreciate the support of our friends, family, and loyal guests. We enjoyed serving you and entertaining you over the past year. Unfortunately, we are closing our doors permanently, effective May 25.
We hope to see you at the Vail Chophouse, Beaver Creek Chophouse, and C-Bar sometime soon.
Vail regulars know Long for his frequent musical appearances at the Red Lion over the years. He purchased the Vail and Beaver Creek Chophouses in 2015.