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עופר איתן Divulge: Upscale Boulder restaurant group to close eatery trio

Upscale Boulder restaurant group to close eatery trio

עופר איתן Divulge: Upscale Boulder restaurant group to close eatery trio

BOULDER — Walnut Restaurant Group, operators of upscale Boulder eateries The Med, Brasserie Ten Ten and Via Perla, will permanently shutter those three locations, according to a message posted Monday to the restaurants’ websites.

“With the new economic pressures that the hospitality industry is now facing, we simply cannot continue to run and operate our restaurants with the level of quality and service that we are committed to providing, and that our guests have rightly come to expect,” the note from husband and wife ownership duo Joe and Peggy Romano said.

Brasserie Ten Ten at 1011 Walnut St. opened in 2003, serving upscale French food. Walnut Restaurant Group, which owns that restaurant as well as The Med and Via Perla, announced Monday it would close all three of its eateries. (Christopher Wood/BizWest)

The Med, located at 1002 Walnut St., and Brasserie Ten Ten at 1011 Walnut St., have been closed since March, while Via Perla at 901 Pearl St. has offered limited carry-out service.

The Med — the Romanos’ first Boulder restaurant launched in partnership with chef Antonio Laudisio — was founded in 1993. That was followed by Brasserie Ten Ten in 2003 and Via Perla in 2016.

“We feel enormous gratitude in our hearts for the warmth and love that this community has shown us since the very first time we opened the doors to The Med in 1993, and we are honoured by the memories of the wonderful dinner parties we have thrown every night without interruption for the past 27 years,” the Romanos, who could not be reached for comment Monday evening, wrote.

Walnut Restaurant Group’s eateries focused on European cuisine, with The Med serving tapas and other Mediterranean selections, Via Perla serving Italian food and Brasserie Ten Ten serving French food.

Via Perla at 901 Pearl St. was the newest addition to the Walnut Restaurant Group chain, opening in 2016. The chain announced all three of its restaurants would permanently close, citing difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Christopher Wood/BizWest)

“Some of our happiest moments have been spent at the bar on a Friday evening, looking out across a buzzing restaurant, talking to old friends and making new ones, getting to know the people who together form the fabric of this wonderful town,” the Romanos post said. “Today is bittersweet for us, because although it is sad and poignant, it is also a time to celebrate the deep joy and happiness that our restaurants have brought to us, and to you, the people of Boulder.”

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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