Our first clue that something was up at Strings came when we heard that many long-time employees had left the restaurant that the late Noel Cunningham had founded in 1986.
Our second clue was when the annual Mother's Day brunch hosted by Strings, a benefit for Volunteers of America, started looking for a new location (it's been picked up by Sage Hospitality).
And the third clue? Today's story on Denverpost.com that Strings will close on April 30. See also: - Best local do-gooder 2012: Noel Cunningham - Reader: Noel Cunningham made Denver a better place - Humanitarian, father, husband and chef Noel Cunningham dies
That's a sad, but not surprising, piece of news; his widow, Tammy Cunningham, had been running the place after Noel Cunningham's suicide in early December 2011 -- but she had her own therapy practice, too. "I made the decision a couple of days ago," Tammy told the Post about the decision to close Strings. "It's something I knew I was going to do at some point, but I decided I wanted to do it sooner rather than later. I am looking forward to getting on with my life."
Many of us marked important moments in our lives at Strings: birthdays, graduations, anniversaries. They were particularly bittersweet after Noel Cunningham was no longer there to join the celebration, having ended his own life far too early.
So let's all raise a glass to Noel, and the 25-plus years that he and Strings gave to Denver.