It was the end of an era. After thirty years, the T-Wa Inn -- Denver's first Vietnamese restaurant -- went dark last weekend. But T-Wa's future started looking dim long ago, as other Vietnamese restaurants popped up all over town. And as owner Tom Lam told Jason Sheehan seven years ago: "It's really bad. Now, people can go anywhere. Restaurants open left and right. We're just trying to get people in the door again..."
Now those doors are closed for good. See also: Best Vietnamese Restaurant 2014 -- Viet's
This is very sad. They helped demystify Vietnamese food for a lot of Denver diners, and paved the way for the proliferation of appealing places we have in town today.
Best wishes to the owners and staff.
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Did you ever visit T-Wa? What are your favorite Vietnamese restaurants in town? And what to you recommend ordering there?