Toast burns out in Cherry Creek

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Lori Midson
Robert Thompson's Argyll isn't the only restaurant that's bolted from Cherry Creek North, a tony neighborhood dotted with blinged-out boutiques and swank art galleries, but has a losing streak when it comes to dining dens, several of which have shuttered over the past few years (and still remain vacant).

While Argyll served its last meal on Sunday, Toast, a breakfast emporium that originally started in Littleton (that location is still going gangbusters) and opened a second outpost less than two years ago in the former Cherry Creek Village Inn, beat Argyll to the punch, closing three weeks ago.

"While we we're doing great on the weekends, there just wasn't enough business in Cherry Creek to sustain us during the week, which was very slow for us" explains co-owner Bill Blake, who operates Toast with business partner Jason Parfenoff. "Between the street improvements, the addition of paid parking meters, and the traffic, it's just a mess down here, so we didn't get a lot of support during the week, and it got to the point where we couldn't recover," he laments.

Blake says that he'll focus on the Littleton store and look for a space to open another Toast sometime in the future. "We've been spending most of our time in Cherry Creek, so now that we're back in Littleton, we're going to focus on that for a while, and a few years down the line, we'll look for other options," he says.

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Jill
Jill

Oh Lori, there you go again with yourslant against Cherry Creek North. If it's not your vibe, then stick to your Englewooddigs but don’t knock an entire area just because a restaurant didn’t fit in.Reality check: Toast didn’t survive because it sucked. Have you ever eatenthere? I was really excited to take my family there for an impromptu breakfast,to the new joint in CCN, plus I loved the name. The earlier comparison toVillage Inn also seemed familiar to me…until we sat down. Our entire experiencewas terrible, the awful food, the service - flagging down our waitress who wasstanding in the kitchen entrance texting sticks in my mind - enough so that I verbalizedmy embarrassment for my choice of restaurant to my family and well, we neverreturned.

 

In the end, I found myself wishing it wasVillage Inn. I really did. Good riddance Toast. And please don’t blame CherryCreek North street improvements (where good restaurants have thrived) or theparking (you had your own parking lot!), blame yourselves.

Lori Midson
Lori Midson

Oh, Jill, I have no "slant against Cherry Creek North." I live less five minutes away from there -- not in Englewood -- and just wish, as do many, that there weren't so many empty restaurant spaces and that the neighborhood better supported the (good) restaurants that are there now.

Jill
Jill

My mistakeLori. Kindly point to something positive you have written about Cherry CreekNorth as some of us who live in the district and frequent the good restaurants (LittleOllies, Bombay Clay Oven, North, Pasta Pasta, Pasta, Hapa Sushi, Piatti) wouldlove to read it. Also, Ibelieve what currently very low 9% vacancy rate says to anyone thinking ofopening a new restaurant is that good food and good service can and do survive inthe area and we CCN residents welcome just that.

Johnnyalias
Johnnyalias

Wow. I can see why these people ended this thread. Jill. You have the culinary taste of a baboon and that is reflected in your restaurant choices. 9% vacancy rate? Wow. Math isn't your forte either is it? It's more like 20% in Cherry Creek.

Honestly why are you even commenting on the Denver food scene if you were planning on being entirely dismissive in the first place? Very childish.

Jill
Jill

Actually, most restauranst in Denver are not very good. If you're looking for culinary excellence, you have to head to Boulder. Sad but true. But don't worry friend, it's not your fault either. ;)

Jill
Jill

Uh yeah, sure.

Joe
Joe

Not that I'm defending Toast I never ate there, but Jill really, most the restaurants on your list are not very good, for the money or for service sakes. CCN's are like Hipsters, they have no loyality. Its okay its not your fault.

VIwasNicer
VIwasNicer

I was super excited for Toast to open in CCN, but when I went in it was like being in an old, decrepit Village Inn. Had they spent a little money on the decor they would have gotten a lot of business. Do people really think that Snooze is that busy because the food is that much better? It's a fun, visually inviting place that enhances the dining experience. Honestly, after breakfast at Toast, I felt like I had aged 30 years. Disgusting.

no
no

uh, yes the food is better.  LOVE Snooze's various Eggs Benedict versions.

Ms3131
Ms3131

Took my mom to to breakfast at Toast when they first opened.  We both had pancakes with a side of bacon and juice and coffee and with tip it was $35 bucks!!  Are you kidding me!  Never went back!  Can get the same breakfast at the Egg and I and a senior discount for mom for less then $20 bucks!  Dont blame the neighborhood fellas!  Snooze on Colorado is kicking your butt also with better food and better prices also!

dizzle
dizzle

Can't say I'm in mourning over this one.  That place always reminded me of a Village Inn

GFTW
GFTW

No self-respecting Cherry Creek snob would go to some place named "Toast".

Henry
Henry

Come on down to Baker; we could use a great breakfast spot.  Mona's is nice, but overpriced for what you get.  A little competition wouldn't be a bad thing....

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