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Harman's Eat + Drink to Close in Cherry Creek in October

One of the most consistently inventive and satisfying menus in Denver will soon disappear: Harman's Eat & Drink announced today on its Facebook page that the ownership will not renew its lease at 2900 East Second Avenue when it ends in October because of an "unmanageable increase" from the landlord.

Harman's originally opened in July 2013 as the second attempt in that space from Colorado restaurateur Mark Fischer, whose successful Carbondale eatery, Phat Thai, didn't catch on with Cherry Creekers after an outpost opened there in 2011.

Cherry Creek North is full of difficult restaurant locations, and many change hands several times before being forgotten or demolished entirely (like the building that was most recently Opus, at 250 Josephine Street). Even Wolfgang Puck was unable to make the space that Harmon's currently occupies work.

Still, we're grateful for the three years that chef John Little and his crew dished up great, seasonally inspired food. Here's the complete message:
It’s hard to believe that Harman’s is already 3 years old. Thank you for being our friends.
To address the rumors:
our lease will not be renewed; or at least, not without us enjoying an unmanageable increase in rent. We've made the decision to close Harman’s at the end of October.
As restaurant operators, we talk about sustainabilty alot. Given that increase, our restaurant is not sustainable.
Admittedly, we’ve still got lots of ways to grow as a restaurant. Our plan is to continue to operate as if we’ve got something to prove, because we do. It includes growing the business and building good relationships with each of our guests, and our community.
The measure of our company shouldn’t be just about how we open and operate our restaurant. We need to distinguish ourselves by how we close a place.
Until the end of October, we’ll be embracing every opportunity to cook for you, to pour tasty libations for you and to serve you.
So please join us. We’ll be keeping it interesting, fun and rewarding.
the people @ Harman's in Cherry Creek.

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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
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