Reader: Fat Sully's should take over Crimson Canary space

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Business is soaring in the Baker neighborhood -- but even so, the Crimson Canary just didn't fly on Broadway. Saturday was the last night of service at this restaurant that specialized in "Boss Italian," a sophomore venture from the folks at Interstate Kitchen & Bar.

The spot had previously swallowed a second Mona's. Is this address destined to be a dining black hole? Or could another concept make it here?

See also:
- After a year and a half, Crimson Canary closes in Baker
- Photos: "Boss Italian" makes Crimson Canary sing

- Photos: Crimson Canary, the rare bird featured in this week's review

Says theglobalguy:

It's too bad, since their other restaurant is so good. The owners might have been the same, but the attitude of management between here and Interstate couldn't have been more different. The food was pretty decent and the bar staff was great, but the table service was pretty terrible.

I noticed that Fat Sully's kitchen seems to poke into the space...it'd be cool if they could take it over and add a sit-down option here like they have over on Colfax.

Is a bigger Fat Sully's the solution for this space? What else would you like to see on this stretch of Broadway?


Location Info

Crimson Canary - CLOSED

141 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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DenverDoughboy
DenverDoughboy

How about a second spot for Uncle and call it Aunt.  A noodle bar would kill it on that stretch of Broadway.  

Jon_S
Jon_S

The last thing that stretch of Broadway needs is another pizza joint.

grace.northernsky
grace.northernsky

a French bistro.  Indulge should take this space over...Baker needs something "high end".  Fat Sully's should take over that horrible pizza place down the block.

lucymcfad
lucymcfad

Who names these places? I would have never guessed this place was Italian by the name. I thought is was a neighborhood pub and pub food. I would have given it try if I knew it was Italian since the neighborhood is in need of a good one. But  if service was bad as reader stated, than nothing could save it. Name your places something sensible that helps tell people what you are all about. MARKETING 101!!!

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@lucymcfad Maybe they should have named it Cinzetti's or Johnny Carrino's or Mama Lucia's or something. The name of the restaurant was in reference to the 1940's film noir of the same name and is meant to evoke the jazz age and the posh clubby scene frequented by mafia types during that time period. Godfather's was already taken. I don't think it was the name that did them in, as the place was very popular initially and received pretty good reviews. Sounds like maybe they just lost the war of fierce competition that going on in Denver right now. Diners have too many choices these days, so the food and service can't slip even a little.

While there are certainly bad name choices that can doom a restaurant (Shazz springs to mind immediately), I don't think the Crimson Canary's name was particularly bad. After all, if they were claiming to do modern interpretations of classic Italian-American dishes, they would want to differentiate themselves from Tony, Carmine, and Carlo. 

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