First opened in 1978 by Larimer Square developer Dana Crawford as a small grocery store, the Market became the spot many Denver residents know and love when Mark Greenberg and his brother, Gary, took over the cafe in 1983. The Greenbergs ran a cheese import business, and the Market was one of their top clients; Mark had been eyeballing the space for some time before making Crawford an offer. The brothers always claimed that the Market had the first espresso bar between New York and Los Angeles, definitely making it the first in Denver — long before the first Starbucks opened here.
Gary Greenberg passed away in 2000, but Mark and his longtime employees continued to serve downtown until this week. Here's the message the Market put out April 14 on social media:
After 37 years in business, we've made the decision to close The Market's doors for good.In the face of big changes planned for Larimer Square in the coming years and many leases on the block ending soon, Greenberg had been considering closing the Market at some point soon, but the blow of having to close for eight weeks because of the pandemic made the decision come quicker than anticipated.
We've had an incredible run, and we're deeply grateful to the Denver community for letting us be a part of your lives - from your morning coffee run and lunches with friends to your yearly Spring Fling traditions and family celebrations, and so many moments in between.
We are proud to have been a part of this community. Larimer Square will always feel like home, and we look forward to visiting our friends here when we can all come together again.
In the meantime, stay safe out there. Thank you, Denver.
Larimer Square won't be the same without the Market — and Denver will never be the same after the full impact of the current crisis becomes known in the coming months.