"It just didn’t make sense to stay open daily with the cold weather coming," says Charlie Woolley, the developer who turned the old Bonfils Theatre into the Lowenstein Complex, which also holds Twist & Shout and a Tattered Cover. "The restaurant will do events and pop-ups to stay in front of their customers."
Route 40 just opened at the end of June; it was a revisioning of the Goods, which Mark Whistler had run since 2016. (Before that, the U Baron Group operated the Good Son there; Encore was the first restaurant in the space.) Late last year, Whistler was looking for a way to change the focus of his restaurant; Woolley suggested that he talk to Jonny Barber, founder of the Colfax Museum, who needed a new home for that facility.
"I immediately thought it was a great idea, and by January or February, we knew it would become a reality," Whistler told Westword this past summer.
Now all that's locked up during a course correction. "We are going to look harder at what we can do to enhance the Colfax Museum and perhaps do events related to the museum, too," says Woolley. “Not dead yet!”
While you wait for Route 40 to come back to life, you can get a look at Barber's collection at the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, where Forty Years on the ’Fax runs through December 2021.