One of my coworkers just came back from lunch and told us that the Walnut Cafe is closing for good today at 2 PM. I’m going to stop by there on my way home for lunch and say goodbye to the servers there. I wish I’d known; I would have gone to breakfast yesterday there with Dan so he could have ordered either a breakfast burrito with sausage or a ham and cheddar omlette, home fries and wheat toast (those are seriously the only two things he ever orders there). I probably would have had a veggie omlette, fresh fruit with no bananas, and pancakes.
The Walnut is our neighborhood breakfast place. The food is terrific, the service is great (the same servers have been working there since I moved to Denver, and since we’ve gone there so frequently they KNOW us and hardly ever even give us menus), and it’s only two blocks from our apartment. We’ve gone there so many times and I’ve tried most things on the menu not involving red meat. They grind their own coffee, bake their own quiches and banana bread, and serve really good food at a decent price.
We were sitting in the Walnut waiting to hear about news of Petra’s needle fiasco and the server gave us some “walnut dollars” so our meal would be cheaper. We’ve taken every out of town guest to breakfast there. We’ve spent many a Sunday morning in companionable silence, reading the newspaper and waiting for our order. We’ve witnessed interesting altercations on the street (it’s at the corner of Colfax and Logan, kitty corner from the big cathedral) and at least one car accident. We’ve seen people bring their brand new babies in to show off the products of their hugely pregnant bellies just weeks before. I will miss being able to roll out of bed, put on some clothes (sans bra, of course) and some sunglasses, and schlep two blocks just in time to miss the after-church rush at 10 AM. I will miss the smile that my favorite server always has on her face, and her cute costumes at halloween, and her fairy tattoo. She collects magnets from other places, and requested (and received) a magnet from China.
Man, this makes me so sad. I wonder where those girls are going to work now. I hope they find another neighborhood breakfast place and a new set of regulars. I really do wonder why this place is closing; they’re always busy for breakfast and lunch. RIP Walnut Cafe, and may something just as good take your place at that corner.
ETA: Stopping in there was so sad. I gave one of the servers a hug; I could tell she had been crying. She said that the restaurant is closing because the rent has been consistently raised hundreds of dollars a month for the past year and the owner of the restaurant couldn’t afford the rent anymore, despite the success of the business. That’s a huge shame, because it means that probably very little else will be able to afford rent there either – and it’ll just sit empty. Stupid retail landlords.