Encore on Colfax will close Sunday

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Lori Midson
We've had some spectacular dishes at Encore on Colfax since it opened in 2008, and the restaurant recently landed our award for Best Brunch in Best of Denver 2012, thanks to chef-owner Paul Reilly's deft skill behind the burners.

Sadly, though, Encore has reached the end of its act: The restaurant will close its doors after a final brunch on Sunday.

"We ran the gamut of emotions this week, for sure," says Reilly, who owns the restaurant with his sister Aileen. "But we're at an impasse with lease negotiations here." In a statement, the siblings divulged that the restaurant "received a letter from its landlord's counsel stating the landlord was unable to execute on an agreement reached earlier this year regarding the lease for the premises going forward."

Encore occupies a part of the Lowenstein Theater complex that was once the theater lobby, a space that will be hard to duplicate -- but the siblings are already looking for another spot. "We're looking forward to doing something at a new location," Reilly says. "Whether that's the same concept or not remains to be seen."

And exactly where that spot will be is up in the air. "It's going to be a space that best suits our style," says the chef. "We had been looking around, and we just hadn't found that perfect spot."

Despite the fact that Encore is making its final bow this weekend, Reilly is staying optimistic. "I'd really like to say thank you to our amazing staff that has handled the news like the professionals they are," he says. "We're really super-positive about the future."

And he's also hopeful that this last weekend will be a big one: "I'd invite anybody who's had a dining experience here to come down and hang out this weekend."

And have one last brunch.

Location Info

Encore on Colfax - CLOSED

2550 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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Rudy Kipper
Rudy Kipper

A more enjoyable dining experience in the Denver area would be hard to come by.

All you guys will be missed sorely. Can't wait for your new venture.

The landlord will be in deep without you!

Jenny Blumberg
Jenny Blumberg

The one time I had food there it was good, but my primary memory of the place was going there for happy hour before a movie and they refused to serve us on the patio. You had to physically sit at the bar. Why did they have that policy? It was a beautiful day!

Morgan
Morgan

I love Encore and Chef Paul is the man.  His lamb ribs blew my mind!  I can't wait to see what's next for the budding star!

NoBo Bear
NoBo Bear

Loved the jalapeño poppers.

steveville
steveville

I read in the Denver Post that the restaurant still owes the city a 2.2 million loan. 

Kelliannette
Kelliannette

the complex owner owes not the Encore Restaurant group

davebarnes
davebarnes

 You need to improve your reading comprehension skills.

"The historic Lowenstein Theatre was redeveloped in 2006, financed in part with a loan package from Denver's Office of Economic Development. Late last year, the Denver City Council agreed to renegotiate $2.2 million of the loans because retail sales at the complex were below projections."http://www.denverpost.com/brea...

Mick Bizzo
Mick Bizzo

Encore was one of the first restaurants I ate at in Denver. And that was about three years ago, when I interviewed for my current job. I loved it and it certainly contributed (slightly) to my decision to move here.

I came there a couple of times since I moved, for lunch, and it was good. But the last time I came, a late dinner, was so bad that the news they are closing is no surprise. If I only judged Encore from that night, I would say good riddance.

RIP Encore. Hopefully someone ambitious takes over the space,

Santiago
Santiago

There is no one more ambitious than the Reilly duo. The space is doomed with out the two. But cool story bro. 

Foodie
Foodie

Never heard of it.

Lovely Confections
Lovely Confections

I'm so sad to be losing Paul, Aileen and Encore as neighbors.  Everyone I sent down there had a wonderful experience as did I when I got the chance to visit.  

Joey B
Joey B

Landlords are farking idiots. Encore is awesome, hope they land somewhere soon (and near cap hill)

Locavore
Locavore

Sad news.  Gourmet food and very friendly service without a hint of the pretention of many similar restaurants in downtown and Cherry Creek.  We've been going there before we had kids and with two young, boisterous kids and they treated us with the same friendly, helpful service.  Looking forward the their next endeavour, even if it's not in our neighbourhood.

Svc
Svc

I gave the place several opportunities to impress me but it always fell just short of excellent.  The last straw for me was when they changed the Happy Hour Specials eliminating all my favorites.  The staff was constantly turning over and people want to see a fimiliar face.  They talked to eachother as if there were no paying customers within ear shot of them. I am looking forward to the next evolution of that incredible space.

Pinche staff
Pinche staff

We will miss you guy's as neighbors and your kickass brunch! All the best.

epl
epl

This is sad news and I look forward to their next project.  Always had a great food and service at Encore.

Chefzoso
Chefzoso

It's sad that landlords close so many good restaurants....Mels, Fourth Story, Squeaky Bean, etc....Amazing they would rather have the place empty than give an inch ( or a dime)...that might not be the case...but probably is

Dan Nesson
Dan Nesson

Best of luck to Aileen and Paul.  Your restaurant rocks and I look forward to supporting you guys wherever you go.  Dan

John Imbergamo
John Imbergamo

Best of luck to Paul and Aileen. Hope you find your spot. Denver will be waiting for an Encore encore.

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