Reader: Denver Is Losing Landmark Restaurants to Gentrification

Reader: Denver Is Losing Landmark Restaurants to Gentrification
Mataam Fez

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"Mataam Fez Will Close This Month With Hopes of Finding a New Location"

"The Broker Will Close on December 31 After 45 Years"

"Wazee Supper Club Sells to Juan Padro Team"

The Wazee has been serving up pizza since 1974 — since before this part of lower downtown was nicknamed LoDo. After it closes later this month, it will be transformed into a French "bistronomy" restaurant.

The Broker, which was renowned for its big bowls of shrimp and old-school ambience, occupied the bottom level of a long-closed bank; you could even dine in the old vault. The building has a new owner; that space will no longer be a restaurant.

As for Mataam Fez, owner Abdelah M. (he prefers not to use his last name) says the building where the restaurant has been for more than four decades has been sold and that the new owners did not offer a lease extension. Because of that, Mataam Fez will close on Sunday, January 21 — but a search is on for a new home.

When did you last eat at Mataam Fez? Will you miss these longtime restaurants? What other iconic spots would you be sorry to lose? Tell us in a comment or email [email protected]
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