Brothers Aaron, Lucas and Jason Forgy launched their neighborhood chophouse, Block & Larder, in late 2014, following the success of their first restaurant, Freshcraft, in LoDo. But while the downtown beer bar is going strong, the Forgys are closing Block & Larder at 4000 Tennyson Street on Saturday, January 26.
"We decided to close Block & Larder after taking a pretty sobering look at our financials," Jason Forgy explains. "While we all loved the restaurant it just wasn’t financially sustainable for us."
The restaurant, known for its in-house finish butchering program, will be open for regular hours on January 25 and 26, with some special discount menus.
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“We’ve enjoyed serving this great neighborhood, and we are grateful for the incredible support of our customers, staff and community,” Jason added in a separate statement. “It’s time to refocus our efforts on Freshcraft.”
He notes that Freshcraft recently rolled out its winter menu, so he and his brothers don't plan on adding Block & Larder favorites at this time, although he says it could happen in the future. (We're hoping Freshcraft will bring back Block & Larder's steak sandwich, which made our list of the best Philly cheesesteaks in town last year.)
Freshcraft gets attention from beer fans looking for a great international selection of craft brews, but it also has an inventive roster of bar-style bites and slightly more upscale entrees. So if you're a fan of the beefier side of Block & Larder, you can get steak frites, a classic burger or a stacked corned beef sandwich loaded with bacon, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese.
The Berkeley neighborhood, and Tennyson Street in particular, is in the middle of big changes, as multi-unit apartment buildings continue to take the place of small homes and shops. Other recent restaurant changes include the quick change of Axios Estiatorio to Kazan Ramen to Tenya Japanese Soulfood; the arrival of Wendell's in the former home of DJ's Berkeley Cafe; the closing of Whit's Frozen Custard, which became Paris Crêpe; and the impending arrival of Empourium Brewing Co. and Slice Stone Pizza & Brewhouse in new spaces at 4210 Tennyson Street.