After a three-year run on 32nd Avenue in Highland, Solitaire Restaurant closed its doors last week.
“It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to close Solitaire permanently,” owners Andrea and Mark Ferguson wrote on their restaurant’s Facebook page. They did not immediately respond to requests for further comment.
The Fergusons opened Solitaire in April 2015 at 3927 West 32nd Avenue. At the time of closing, they served elevated dinners Tuesdays through Saturdays only inside the nearly 5,000-square-foot space. Their restaurant blended in with its surrounding neighborhood — two adjoining old Denver houses filled with multiple brick-walled dining rooms and surrounded by a sprawling patio. For two decades the houses had previously been home to Highland’s Garden Cafe.
Solitaire Restaurant opened in 2015 to mixed reviews. Shortly after its debut the restaurant received 1.5 stars from former Denver Post restaurant critic Bill Porter. But Westword named Mark Ferguson best chef of 2016. Ferguson had worked as an executive chef for Wolfgang Puck in Vail and Las Vegas prior to opening his own restaurant in Denver.
There’s no word yet on what new concept will fill the space. The Fergusons said on Facebook that they “look forward to new possibilities, adventures and beginnings.” The property on 32nd Avenue last sold for $667,000 in 2013.