Row 14 pours its last glass in the Spire Building

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Row 14 Bistro and Wine Bar showed early promise when it opened in the glitzy new Spire Building in 2011. Arik Marcus, the restaurant's opening chef, was getting press and praise almost before he'd made his first knife cut; a few months later, our restaurant critic at the time, Laura Shunk, found plenty to like. But business was always uneven -- the Colorado Convention Center location made the place feast or famine -- and Jensen Cummings, next up in the kitchen after Marcus's departure, soon moved on to open his own fast-casual meatball eatery. And now the restaurant is dark and the phone is dead.

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Despite being true to its name as a wine bar -- we gave it a Best of Denver award for its by-the-glass wine list -- it seems that great wine and a creative menu weren't enough to increase the sporadic business coming from the Colorado Convention Center and the Denver Performing Arts Complex, while Denver diners living outside of downtown may have been scared off by fears of expensive parking and battling tourist crowds in the area.

Ultimately, though, the location could be prime for the right concept. With a modern, well-appointed kitchen and roomy dining area (Row 14 seated over 100), it may not be long before the space gets snapped up by a new restaurateur willing to give it a go.


Location Info

Row 14 Bistro & Wine Bar - CLOSED

891 14th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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5 comments
ericasasselli
ericasasselli

vvv Vendors as well as employees were cheated by David. I'd say 80% of paychecks bounced the 9 months I worked there. Eventually banks stopped accepting checks, even check cashing stores and Wal-Marts had red flags on Row 14. Profit was flowing in yet somehow it all disappeared while he went on his numerous vacations and employees were having bank accounts closed. Location is not at all to blame, David is. 

laurenwalters
laurenwalters

Well I'm bummed. I'd had nothing but the best service and food here.

Dave
Dave

I love how Mark lays blame on the Convention Center and DPAC.  Nice investigative journalism.

Gerard_Portmanteau
Gerard_Portmanteau

Without a doubt one of the worst dining experiences I've ever had. It was surreal, things were so terrible. Every angle was a flop. Our waiter had done so much blow that he could barely stand and seemed constantly on the verge of bursting into tears.

joseph
joseph

The slippery owner David deliberately misled and cheated so many vendors that he is the most hated restauranteur in the city.  If you work with his other restaurant, might as well take your product and give it to the homeless.  At least you won't feel cheated.

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