T-Wa Inn, Denver's first Vietnamese restaurant, has closed

T-Wa's dining room then....

It's the end of an era. After thirty years, T-Wa Inn, Denver's first Vietnamese restaurant, has closed. T-Wa changed a lot over those three decades -- and so did Denver's dining scene, with Vietnamese spots opening all over the city, including longtime favorite New Saigon, just across South Federal Boulevard from T-Wa.

See also: Drinking snake wine at T-Wa Inn

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And T-Wa's website acknowledged those changes: Thirty "years ago, you couldn't find an authentic Vietnamese restaurant in the Denver-Metro area, until T-Wa Inn opened its doors. T-Wa Inn became Denver's first Vietnamese restaurant. Today, there are many Vietnamese restaurants to choose from in the Denver area; however, none compare to the authentic, freshly prepared cuisine offered by Denver's first Vietnamese restaurant, T-Wa Inn."

But no more. A sign posted on T-Wa's home at 555 South Federal this past weekend delivered the sad news that an era had ended. The dining room is empty, and the phone has been disconnected.

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555 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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David Novin
David Novin

Pro tip: if you do social media management, don't post something like this.

David Novin
David Novin

I called. It's a phone sex number. Not a call you want on speakerphone in a room of people.

TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

This is very sad. They helped demystify Vietnamese food for a lot of Denver diners, and paved the way for the proliferation of appealing places we have in town today.

Best wishes to the owners and staff.

Andrae Lucio
Andrae Lucio

What does this have to do with this article?

ScubaSteve topcommenter

I'm disappointed.  T-Wa was a favorite place of mine although I didn't visit the place as often after I moved to the University Park neighborhood.

patricia.calhoun moderator editortopcommenter

that post has been deleted. Sorry, David; don't know how it made it through the spam filter.

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