Reader: Closing of Carbone's is a consequence of hipsters invading Denver

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After months of rumors, Carbone's Italian Sausage has closed -- at least temporarily. "We will be be temporarily closed due to a sickness in the family," says the message on the business's voicemail, which then thanks customers for their years of patronage. But will Carbone's be back? Matriarch Rosa Lenardo has been warning patrons for months that the forty-year-old deli might close. "I don't got no choice," she told Cafe Society this past summer. "Nobody in the family wants to do this, and I can't do it anymore."

This sad news follows the recent closing of two other Italian institutions in the neighborhood: Pagliacci's and Longo's Subway Tavern.

See also:

- Carbone's Italian Sausage closes temporarily; "hopefully we'll be back"
- Red Alert: Denver's old-school Italian joints are disappearing
- Photos: Last supper at Pagliacci's

Says plpllawson:

One of the consequences of this influx of Hipsters into Denver. All the things that made Denver what it is are being destroyed, "Paved Paradise, Put Up a Condo Parking Lot."

Once it's gone, it can never come back.

And adds DonkeyHotay:

So why don't one of you Highland Hipsters dip into your trustfund / dot.com $$$ and rescue the place?

Can Carbone's be saved? Who can ride to the rescue? Post your suggestions below.



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Carbone's Italian Sausage Deli - CLOSED

1221 W. 38th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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odinsfmly
odinsfmly

I hate seeing places like this go by the wayside, however, I think North Denver looks much better than it has in decades.  North Denver is thriving again, there is now pride in ownership reflected in the landscapes of the homes in the area, and that is a really wonderful thing to see.  My family moved into North Denver shortly after the turn of the century, we seen the ups and downs, now its moving up again. That being said, however, some of the new people need to learn respect for the older residents, or they stand a good chance of getting their ass kicked.  Just a word of caution.

afriend
afriend

Um, MAX, MANY of those Italians are STILL HERE and ALL of the people who shop there will come from around the country to shop there!!!! I am one of the ones who are still here. I have lived here ALL of my life, and have WATCHED what the 'hipsters" or whatever you choose to call them, (I like 'implants' because most are not from here) as I said are NOT from here. They have NO appreciation for what this neighborhood is, and unfortunately their money talks. They are completely changing our whole neighborhood, with NO regard for those of us who are left behind in a predominantly upper-class neighborhood, that once was a neighborhood of ALL classes. WE, the NATIVES are the ones who feel we do not belong in our own neighborhood. It's sad, and I wish more people would care.

maxplanck0
maxplanck0

Businesses like Carbone's have a life cycle of their own and will rise and fall subject to a wide range of circumstances, not solely the demographic make-up of the immediate neighborhood. When the Italian families who occupied that part of town for such a long tenure some 30 years ago pulled up stakes and headed to Wheat Ridge, Westminster and Arvada, Carbone's chose to stick it out and sell their excellent wares to a new clientele. Even hipsters like sausage and pasta e fagoli....

morgan.ruben
morgan.ruben

I hate hipsters as much as the next guy, but I don't see how this is they're fault.

dnvrdnr
dnvrdnr

Will someone please lend Mark DeNittis the money to buy this place. He is one of the few people I could see the owners selling this place to, and he would be a fantastic fit behind the counter.  

K194
K194

Though I do enjoy the music, I'm too old to be a hipster. I tried to go to Carbone's on a weekday last year (well before the"illness") and found it closed even though it was during business hours.


DenBrew
DenBrew

WTF do hipsters have to do with her family not wanting to run the business? Honestly, the place was nothing special; maybe it was 20+ years ago. The sandwiches were average at best. The wait took too long and parking was a nightmare. Never understood the love affair. They are very nice people and that is the sole reason I would grab a sandwich on occasion.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

It's not us, it's them! The yuppies, hipsters, mombies, corporate puppets, etc. With so many groups that aren't like me, it's amazing that I can still find a good place to hang out. Remember the good old places where all the iconoclasts used to go? Individualists just don't believe in community the way they used to. 

HipsterYuppieFucktar
HipsterYuppieFucktar

HipsterYuppieFucktard here,

I earned my money the old fashioned way.  You know, by selling my thoughts and ideas.  Blogs?  That was my idea.  I'm tired of getting blamed for you lazyasses who post on blogs all day instead of ordering ten "Italian #2" from your local sandwich shop everyday so Mama Carbone can make a living.  Here's a thought; want to save your local "institution" that you love so much?  Buy it.  Or frequent it everyday, and buy a dozen Italian #2 for your mental health support group and get them addicted (in a good way).  That's called "saving a business the old fashioned way by keeping it in business."  If you haven't learned yet, you'll learn the hard way;  money runs the world.  People make or sell to get more of it.  Now get to work before some hipsteryuppiefucktard takes your job, becomes your landlord, and kicks your lazyass out.

Luv ya.

Cap_Hill_Cowboy
Cap_Hill_Cowboy

If you've been to Carbone's lately you'd notice that all the shelves are empty and the cooler is nearly bear. Momma Carbone is ready to get out of the game and has literally been screaming about it for years. You can't blame hipsters for this one, regardless of how tight their jeans are and although I will miss their meatball subs and the Italian #2, everything good has to come to an end.

JimRome
JimRome

Pains me to say, but Dave Barnes makes an excellent point.  These places are not closing down because of "hipsters" (Hipster's don't dine at fucking Applebees anyway" They are closing down because most of these decades old places were run by people who simply wanted out and when someone makes an offer you cant refuse.... you sell and move on to sunnier retirement spots.  Most of these places didnt close because lack of customers (I'm sure Pagliacci's was pretty happy to have 3000 new residents surrounding them) so next time you want to blame a whole group, try and think about the underlying causes behind them... or just shut the fuck up... that works too.

monopod
monopod

They keep using that word... I do not think it means what they think it means.

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

Lots of family businesses close when the founder dies or retires. If the kids don't want it, there is not much you can do.

Philo99
Philo99

So the hipsters caused a family illness?


The hipsters caused Mama Carbone to be a surly old gal that has been threatening to close the shop down for 10 years?

meanstreetsofsouthdenver
meanstreetsofsouthdenver

@DenBrew I sure did like the #2, if these were "average at best" where (w/in 5 miles or so) should I be getting my Italian deli? The sausages were pretty great too...


As to the rest of it Rosa has been ready to quit for as long as I can remember; I remember it got even more intense after the lady next door at Chubby's passed away...

NWDenver
NWDenver

@Cap_Hill_Cowboy the fact is, people nowadays don't want to work as hard as you have to in order to run a place like this.  It is hard fucking work.  Certainly the douchebag hipsters have no idea what constitutes hard work.  And clearly the younger family members are not interested in this either.  Horrifically sad, but true. 

yalchie
yalchie

@JimRome Dead on. The real tragedy is when a long time local joint is snapped up by one of the local "Deep Pocket Groups" or established Denver Small Chains and they turn a perfectly good place into a mediocre to shitty space run by clueless idiots serving up overpriced average food and service. No shortage of that in North Denver! If someone wants to loath a group, loath the arrogant yuppie tools that would rather be "seen" in one of these newly fucked up places than spend their money in long time local joint that keeps the food and service REAL............

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@JimRome You might want to loosen those brown corduroy shorts.  They're making you cranky.  Wait, that's too mainstream.  They're making you jaded with the establishment of conformists and corporate puppets.

yalchie
yalchie

@monopod I think certain people confuse "Hipster" with "Yuppie Fucktard" two completely different species.

DenBrew
DenBrew

@meanstreetsofsouthdenver @DenBrew  

 Unfortunately, not a whole lot of Italian deli's in the neighborhood, but if you want a sandwich superior in every way, go to Buchi Cafe a mile west  and get the Aye Conyo.

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