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Argyll may put expansion on hold

Robert Thompson's Argyll was the surprise hit of 2009; despite being labeled a "gastropub," it even took top honors for Best New Restaurant in our Best of Denver 2010.

Argyll was doing so well that Thompson had considered taking on the space next door to the restaurant at 2700 East Third Avenue -- the former Plush nightclub. But now he's wondering whether he should mess with success.

"For the record," he tells us, "the landlord has given me a first right of refusal on the adjacent space but I haven't been able to pull the trigger. Argyll has become such a special restaurant that I am afraid to screw with its feel by expanding.

"Sometimes there are more important things than money, and this is one of them. If I decide to expand next door, it won't be to ring the cash register -- it will be about making Argyll a better version of itself. "

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