Reader: Westword Gushed Over Argyll, and Now It's Closed. Coincidence?

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Argyll Whisky Beer closed this week, and opinions started spilling out quickly about that restaurant and others founded by Robert Thompson, who earned a Best New Restaurant award for Brasserie Rouge, a second for the original Argyll, and now is creating an eatertainment empire with Punch Bowl Social, which got its start in a former Denver Big Lots and will soon be in fourteen locations — including the old Stapleton Airport control tower. Says Kim:

I think this was a good idea...Punch Bowl is an amazing restaurant and something that could definitely expand! That place would be awesome on any college campus.

Responds Jerry: 

What?!  The only thing I didn't like about Argyll is its association with Punch Bowl. Aside from that, it had one of the best whiskey selections in Denver, some damned good food and $4 (good) Old- Fashioneds at happy hour. This makes me very sad.

And then there's this from Kurt: 

Ever notice the correlation between Denver restaurants that Westword gushes over, and those same restaurants shuttering?

What did you think of Argyll? Of Punch Bowl?

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