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A Longtime Southeast Denver Favorite for Pasta Is Being Resurrected

A close-up photo of a fork picking up some spaghetti Eater

Bruno’s Italian Bistro, a restaurant specializing in both Northern and Southern Italian fare that closed last year after more than 20 years at 2223 South Monaco Parkway, will soon reopen on South Broadway.

Westword first reported Thursday that a new banner announcing that Bruno’s is coming soon has been affixed to the exterior of the space at 560 South Broadway, which is located a few blocks north of the intersection of Broadway and Interstate 25. That spot was the former home of seafood joint Mario’s Ocean Club, which Westword also reported closed this summer after around a year of business.

According to Westword, Bruno’s was opened in the early 1990s by Mel and Janie Master, the Denver restaurateurs who most famously owned the revered Mel’s Bar & Grill that operated in Cherry Creek until 2007. In the early days, Bruno’s chef was Frank Bonanno, who went on to open noted Denver restaurants like Mizuna and Osteria Marco.

The original Bruno’s served classic Italian pastas and pizzas as well as Italian specialties like chicken parmesan and veal saltimbocca. The new Bruno’s next-door-neighbor will be the new Broadway Roxy, a recently-opened music venue with a prohibition theme.

Eater is attempting to get more information about when the new Bruno’s will open.