Gabor's will close to make way for a new bar from the owner of Providence Tavern

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So far, 2012 is sucking up restaurants and bars at a rapid pace. In a matter of just days, Pearl Street Grill, India's Pearl and OTOTO have called it quits; after 34 long years, M&D's Cafe shuttered; Se7en, the corner bar in the Beauvallon, is gone, too; and the California Cafe in Park Meadows has stopped serving.

And now? Now, one of Denver's most venerable bars -- and along with it, a much-lauded jukebox -- is going dark.

Gabor's, which has held center stage at 1223 East 13th Avenue for more than thirty years, will close sometime within the next few months to make way for the Marion Street Tavern, a new bar from Sam Roots, who owns the Providence Tavern in Edgewater -- one of that city's best watering holes. "I don't want to give too much away right now, but I can tell you that we're going to completely redo the space and make it a really cool old-style neighborhood saloon with a menu that's similar to Providence Tavern, and we'll also have some really good draft beers that will be affordable," says Roots, adding that the Tavern will be one of the few joints in Capitol Hill where you can get a burger and craft beer for under $10.

The time line for the takeover has yet to be determined, but ideally, says Roots, he'd like to open by summer. "We're still working out all the details, but I'm hoping that we can start renovations within the next few months and get it up and running before summer is in full swing."

Roots says he'll have more details within the next few days -- and as soon as he does, we'll give you the full scoop.

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