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Updated: Gallo di Nero Will Crow No More on Bannock Street

We have a new candidate for the worst black hole in Denver: 1135 Bannock Street. That address just swallowed up Gallo Di Nero, which had emerged from the ashes of Fired Up, a restaurant that repositioned itself after an electrical fire. See also: Best Dinner Under $10 -- Gallo di Nero

For Gallo di Nero, chef/owner Josh Barhaug kept the wood-fired oven, but expanded the menu under chef Darren Pusateri, an alum of Squeaky Bean.

The new happy hour was one of the best in town -- the smaller portions of regular entrees earned the place our Best Dinner Under $10 award -- but it wasn't enough to keep this rooster crowing. Although the website is still up, dialing the number leads to a full mailbox.

The PR firm that had organized a "grand opening" party for Gallo di Nero last month -- more than six months after the restaurant originally opened -- sent out a notice late today. "The reasons for the quick closing are as follows: there is a potential buyer for the property; Chef Pusateri has accepted an offer at another local eatery; and owner, Josh Barhaug, would like to spend more time with his family," she says.

That same address had earlier swallowed up Chances, Wolfie's and Bambino's.

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