"It's bittersweet," says owner Michelle Gelman. "We have a lot of loyal regulars, and we're mourning this phase with them."
Gelman says the shift is a reflection of the abundance of quality seafood now available in Denver. The native New Englander has long wanted to bring the Front Range a taste of her home -- and now she can. The new restaurant will be casual with a full bar, drawing on famous New England seafood spots like Legal Sea Foods.
That's not the only project the Gelman Group has going, though. It's also acquired a building at 40th and Tejon, which is being remodeled into an Italian grill with Mediterranean coastal influences. "It's an Italian neighborhood, so we wanted to provide a unique Italian offering," says Gelman.
That restaurant, which should open in October, will have almost half of its space cordoned off for banquets, in a space that will be able to accommodate eighty-plus people.