Crimson Canary, the "Boss Italian" restaurant in Baker that Interstate Kitchen & Bar owners Andre and Aaron Lobato (they're also brothers) and Joey Newman opened in the fall of 2011, ceased singing on Saturday night after a final dinner service.
The 1970s-era restaurant, its cherry-red chandeliers illuminating photos of recognizable mobsters, generated lots of amore from Laura Shunk, Westword's former restaurant critic -- and it was far more than a red-sauce joint, turning out excellent salumi and osso bucco, risotto and deep-fried calamari, the latter of which won a Best of Denver award in 2012.
"This is not your usual red-sauce kind of place. It's kind of like what we do at Interstate applied to this type of food," co-owner Joey Newman told Shunk when he and the Lobatos opened Crimson Canary after the success of Interstate, which is still going strong in the Santa Fe Arts District.
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But Crimson Canary, located on a swatch of pavement that has a lot of competing restaurants and bars, never seemed to house a crowd, and Saturday morning, prior to shuttering, the doomsday announcement came via Facebook: "We gave it our best, but I'm sad to report that Crimson Canary will be closing its doors for the final time tonight. Come down for a drink and join us in saying goodbye to this awesome little spot."