We reported yesterday that Primebar, the 300-seat restaurant at 1515 Arapahoe Street, had closed without warning a year and a half after it had opened.
We received no comment from Restaurants America, the company that owns the place as to why the sudden shutter, but the word's out now: The restaurant was seized by the state for failure to pay sales tax.
And that left Denver Gives, a local non-profit, high and dry for its New Year's Eve party tomorrow night at the D& F Clocktower, which Primebar had agreed to cater.
Denver's got a great restaurant community, though, and Kevin White, the executive director of Denver Gives, says he's gotten several calls from eateries who were willing to help fill the gap.
"I know for sure Steuben's is donating," he says. "And Cafe Colore in Writers Square."
When we talked to him, he was about to start tackling the rest of his options to determine whether he'd rounded up enough food. And he's still welcoming offers, if any restaurateurs out there feel compelled to help.
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We have a feeling the outpouring of support will make for a pretty sweet party.
Interested in attending? Tickets are still available for $99, which gives you access to an open bar, a champagne toast and food from generous members of Denver's dining scene, plus access to an invite-only after party in the same space that goes until 6:30 a.m. The Denver Gives party starts at 8 p.m. at the D & F Clocktower, 1601 Arapahoe Street.
Go to the Denver Gives website for more information.