Reader: With Leo Goto's passing, the classy front-of-the-house guys are gone

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Leo Goto at his last Denver restaurant.
Denver lost a piece of its dining history when Leo Goto recently passed away. His Leo's Place was one of the most popular places in town after it opened in 1970; Goto went on to turn the Wellshire Inn into a fine-dining restaurant. And his smiling presence was a constant.

See also:
- R.I.P., Leo Goto, founder of Leo's Place
- A closer look: Leo Goto's Riverfront
- Lucile's Creole Cafe will take over Leo Goto's Riverfront space

Says Denver Dave:

Makes me very said because I knew Leo back all the way to Trader Vics. He was a consummate restauranteur and a pillar of the community. I think all the classy front of the house guys are gone (including Paul Attardi most recently). Not many gracious hosts these days IMO just a bunch of teenagers who don't have a clue.

Did you go to any of Leo Goto's restaurants? Who's the best front-of-the-house guy in Denver these days?




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4 comments
chriscina
chriscina

Leo gave me my first job in Denver back at the Wellshire Inn back in '92.  He was a phenomenal restaurateur and host.  Denver will definitely miss him.

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

Leo Goto will be missed.
A gentleman and restauranteur.

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

Makes me very said because I knew Leo back all the way to Trader Vics.  He was a consummate restauranteur and a pillar of the community.  I think all the classy front of the house guys are gone (including Paul Attardi most recently).  Not many gracious hosts these days IMO just a bunch of teenagers who don't have a clue.

meanstreetsofsouthdenver
meanstreetsofsouthdenver

@Denver Dave Speaking of Paul Attardi, we had reservations in what must've been the first weekend after his departure. Whew! was he missed, is all I'll say. I'm sure they'll sort it out, but I'm giving it awhile before I try again...with so few tables and so much demand for them, it is undoubtedly a delicate dance, but one he certainly had mastered.

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