While the Italian restaurant chain Piatti started in 1987 in California, after 27 years serving in Cherry Creek North, the Denver location has become a local institution.

But the restaurant will close permanently sometime between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, according to general manager Susan Klos. After 27 years working with the same landlord, Klos said her team was told to vacate by Jan. 15.

“The only reason we can think of is that (the landlord) is selling the building,” Klos said. “It came out suddenly, and we had like 14 years left on our lease… It’s the only thing we can figure after being good tenants for 27 years.”

According to property records, Jafay Enterprises has owned the restaurant space at 190 St. Paul St. since 2004. Prior to his death the same year, local photographer and developer Kurt Jafay had owned the building since 1987. Calls to the company weren’t immediately returned on Friday.

Piatti’s restaurant space is one of the few single-story structures left on St. Paul Street, where it’s surrounded by newer, mixed-use development.

If you go

Piatti will serve until at least Christmas Eve, and possibly later in the month, at 190 N. St. Paul St. Find menu and reservation information at denver.piatti.com.

“We had been planning to do a remodel here when this came along,” Klos added. She said some staff and customers are hopeful that the restaurant will find another Denver location, though there’s been no word on that yet. Many of her employees have been with the company for a decade or more. Klos has worked at Piatti for 25 years.

“It’s very bittersweet,” she said. “It’s just as sudden for me. On the bright side, it’s a very good time to look for work. Every industry seems to be struggling for staffing, so that’s kind of the bright side of this whole picture, and I’m trying to reinforce that to my staff, as well.”

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