In 2011, when former Westword restaurant critic Laura Shunk reviewed Ondo's Spanish Tapas Bar, a subterranean space in Cherry Creek that never had the benefit of the foot traffic on busier blocks with higher profiles, she raved about the joint, pointing out that Ondo's "stays true to its Spanish inspiration." She wrote, too, that she "couldn't wait" for the next time she'd have the opportunity to "return for another taste of Spain." But as of December 31, New Year's Eve, that opportunity will no longer exist.
Earlier today, on Ondo's Facebook page, owners Curt and Deicy Steinbecker bid farewell to their fans, admitting that the "highs and lows" of the past four years in business resulted in the "difficult decision" to close. If there's an upside to this, it's that there are still a few weeks left to get your paella fix.
Here's the heartfelt goodbye announcement from the Steinbeckers.
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Dear Ondo's Fans,
After over 4 years of many highs and lows, Deicy and I have decided that we will not continue our efforts into 2014. It's with a heavy heart that we came to this difficult decision, but it's one that is best for our family. Our last day of business will be Dec. 31, 2013.
Our goal from the start was to serve the most authentic Spanish tapas in Denver, and we believe that we always stayed true to this goal. But, due to the present circumstances, we can't continue on.
Thanks to all of our faithful customers who made these 4 years memorable. You were the reason we happily came to work every day. We will miss you.
We hope to see you one more time at Ondo's Spanish Tapas Bar before the end of the year.
Curt and Deicy Steinbecker