Openings and Closings

Ristorante Lo Stella to Open in Gallo di Nero Location in Golden Triangle

The list of restaurants that have occupied the 1135 Bannock Street address in the Golden Triangle keeps growing: Chances, Wolfie's and Bambino's came and went over the years before Fired Up closed after a little over a year due to an electrical fire, and then re-opened as Gallo di Nero under the same ownership. A new name, menu and amazing happy-hour deals weren't enough to keep Gallo di Nero from closing its doors just over a month ago, but newcomer Ristorante Lo Stella hopes to succeed where so many others have failed. See also: Gallo di Nero Will Crow No More on Bannock Street

Owner Alessandro Polo is new to the Denver dining scene, but says his family has been in the business since 1850, primarily with the like-named original in Portofino, Italy. According to that restaurant's website, it's been operating in the same building for eight generations.

That kind of staying power may be just what the Golden Triangle needs to halt the revolving door of eateries cycling through this address. Polo says the menu will be "very Italian," and that he hopes to open at the end of October. We'll keep you posted on his progress.


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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
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