END OF AN ERA NEWS: Solera on East Colfax will close at the end of March as its chef-owner leases the building to a new restaurant. The Spanish and Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar has lived in Denver since 2001 under the direction of Goose Sorensen, who bought the building a few years back and now says he is moving on from running a daily business “with a happy heart and a clear mind.”
Sorensen wrote a letter to customers detailing his history with Solera. “I was on my way to cook in NYC when 9/11 happened,” he writes. “When I came back and opened a restaurant on Colfax, everyone thought I was crazy.” In the letter, he thanks supporters, friends, and staff, and adds: “I am very excited for the new restaurant that will be opening soon. The neighborhood will truly love it.” No word yet on that new concept, but Sorensen and Solera will go out with a month-long bang including specials on past menu favorites.
NO MORE CARRY-OUT NEWS: White Fence Farm has closed five carry-out locations across Denver, including operations in Arvada, Westminster, Capitol Hill, Green Valley Ranch, and Colorado Boulevard. The restaurants were known for their fried chicken. But the original location, featuring a family fun complex of live farm animals, barn concerts, and gift shops, will continue to operate in Lakewood. Event-based operations at Elitch Gardens and the Pepsi Center also will remain open. [The Know]