Openings and Closings

Daphne's Greek Cafe closes, opening some prime lunch-time real estate

You could practically taste the skepticism when Jason Sheehan wrote about the arrival of Daphne's Greek Cafe (575 Lincoln Street) in 2007:

Denver will get its first outpost of Daphne's Greek Cafe, a California-based fast-casual chain, on March 19. Since most Greek restaurants are pretty quick and casual, how will Daphne's be different? Wait and see.

Not that different, it turns out. Sheehan never wrote about it again, we never heard much about the place, and now -- according to a sign in the window -- it's closed.

The question, of course, is what will replace it. This spot off Sixth Avenue is prime lunch-hour space, and the rest of the chain-tastic locale (Jamba, Starbucks, Chipotle, Noodles & Co., etc.) seems to do well, buoyed by hungry hospital workers and the like. My money's on Smashburger. Or a pot store.