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Reader: The Loss of a Neighborhood Spot With Character Is a Bad Trend

How long does a restaurant have to last before its closure sets off a wave of nostalgia? That's one question that's emerged from the recent round of bad news, including the imminent loss of the Gypsy House Cafe, which is a dozen years old. But nostalgia over a neighborhood spot closing is understandable, one reader responds, when Denver's restaurants are lacking in range — and in good food for all price points.

But first, the new/old Denver debate. Says Mike:  

The "new Denver" is gaudy flashy garbage that's going to look like a rundown fast-food joint in 10 years. All the history and charm are gone.

Responds Alex: 

These comments put so much of this current nostalgia O.D. in perspective—ah yes, let us hold the Denver of 11 years previous close to our hearts. Forever will it live, golden and young.

And Jan puts it in perspective: 

Nostalgia for the old Denver is fine, but everyone has a different time period that constitutes "nostalgic." I have been here since childhood, in the days when Denver Drumstick was in business and there wasn't much of anywhere else for families with young children to eat. I can't say that I miss Denver Drumstick, having disliked fried chicken my entire life. What I do wish for in Denver is more variety in eateries and fewer chain restaurants. As far as I know, there is no city ordinance that requires a restaurant to serve dishes including kale, beets or pork belly. Nor is there a need to have 100 different chain restaurants all serving mediocre hamburgers, noodles or sushi. Why can't we develop a culinary culture that includes good food at all price levels? It is nice that Denver is being recognized for superior food, but those restaurants tend to be expensive. The rest of us (to paraphrase Bernie) are entitled to eat good food, too. And the loss of another neighborhood spot with character is an illustration of a bad trend.

What do you think about the closing of Gypsy House Cafe? What kind of restaurants would you like to see in this Capitol Hill neighborhood?

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