The oldest Italian restaurant in Denver, Patsy's Inn, has closed its doors yesterday, August 22. Owners Kim DeLancey and Ron Cito, who bought the restaurant ten years ago and continued its legacy, have given up the classic spot that has been in Cito's family, the Aiellos, for most of its 95 years. Patsy's replacement will not be an Italian joint and the couple is promising that the building will stay there.
The Facebook announcement sharing news of the closure has close to 400 comments and has been shared nearly 900 times. Here it is:
It has been an amazing 95 years!!
Dear guests and neighbors of Patsy's Inn, Denver's Oldest Italian Restaurant.
We regret to inform you that, following nearly a century of serving homemade Italian food to the city of Denver, Patsy's Inn will be closing following the lunch hour on August 22, 2016. We've truly treasured the past 95 years of serving our homemade Italian food to the neighbors of North Denver and we've been so honored to be considered part of this deeply rooted community. Please know this has been a very difficult decision, but we are very proud of the legacy we leave behind. To all of those customers who had their first dates in our cozy booths, to all those couples who have celebrated their wedding anniversaries over a bowl of homemade noodles and sauce and to the generations of families who have made Patsy's Inn a part of their own treasured traditions - thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for allowing us to be a part of your lives.
Love to all,
Ron and Kimmie
In the last four years, North Denver has lost a variety of its original Italian charm, as places like Pagliacci's, Carbone's, and Longo's Subway Tavern closed their doors. More than that, Gaetano's and Lechuga's changed ownership.