Long before Coors Field opened in 1995, one of the first blocks of LoDo to be renovated was a line of turn-of-the-last century brick buildings along the1600 block of Market Street, which attracted pioneering restaurants like Brendle's, the Manhattan Cafe, Ivory's and Alexander Graham Bell's. Those were replaced by next generation spots: Brendan's (which moved out a decade ago, and is now at 404 Broadway, Sonoda's and Croc's Mexican Grill. But after almost two decades, Sonoda's dried up in February, and now Croc's Mexican Grill has closed, too.
Both spaces are for lease.
With the closing of Croc's, LoDo loses not just another party spot -- but what had served as headquarters for Ohio Buckeyes.
The end of Croc's is just the start of the changes along this stretch, of course. Across the street, the Market Street Station that replaced all the Victorian storefronts that once stood there will itself soon disappear. RTD is moving all operations to the new Union Station bus terminal next month, and has sold the property for development.
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