Collectively, four decades of food history in Denver will come to an end this weekend with the closure of the Nooch Vegan Market and Rosemary Cafe.
Nooch Vegan Market
, the plant-based grocery store located at 10 East Ellsworth Avenue, will permanently close on Saturday, May 14 at 6 p.m. vegan food, cosmetics and clothing at RiNo in 2012; in 2014, he moved to the Triangle d’Or district.
Now, says Gochnour, it’s time to close the doors of the decade-old grocery store for good. “The past two years with the pandemic have been overwhelming; we have continued to see supply chain and shipping issues,” she explains. “Ten years [in business] started to feel like a nice round number. The pandemic cut our veils a bit and I wanted to get out before things got disastrous. I wanted to be able to pay people and pay my bills.”
While Nooch was Colorado’s only all-vegan grocery store for a decade, Gochnour notes that the difference in demand for vegan products over the past decade is “like night and day. Now you can get vegan options at gas stations. There’s vegan food and vegan options everywhere; it’s much more widely available at any grocery store. … It’s amazing to see.”
Nooch will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 13 (with appearances from Wong Way Veg and Best One Yet food trucks); and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 14 (Mu Denver food truck will be in attendance).
Meanwhile, on the west side of town, Denver is losing another restaurant: Rosemary Cafe is serving up its last plate of classic American fare on Sunday, May 15. Huge chicken fried steaks and pancakes for dinner roll out of the kitchen at 2133 South Sheridan. Boulevard since 1992. Rosemary was co-founded by Gerasimos “Mike” Apergis, who also co-owned the now-closed Breakfast King, before his death Sept. 2, 2021, according to his obituary.
The following message appeared on the coffee shop’s Facebook page on Tuesday, May 10:
“The Rosemary family would like to share with you all that effective May 15, 2022 the current owners of Rosemary’s Cafe will be stepping down and handing over the restaurant to new owners. Effective Sunday May 15, Rosemarys will unfortunately be closed and it is out of business. our hands when or if it reopens.
We want to take this moment to say thank you to all of our valued customers, those who came once and those we see every week or more, without you these Greek dreams would not have been successful.
To our wonderful staff, current and past, we couldn’t have done this without you either. Thank you for your loyalty and for treating our customers like family.
Change and goodbyes are hard and we will all miss you as much as you will miss Rosemary’s for so many years. Rosemary’s is part of many families and has seen our families grow over many years. Although we don’t know all of the new owners’ plans, we do know that now is the time for us to focus on our families and close this chapter of our lives. We are sad to say goodbye to you and hope you all understand that this decision was made in the best interests of our families. Thank you all for making Rosemary’s what it was.”
A post on Thursday, May 12, says owner George Moraitis has worked at the cafe “6 out of 30 days for 30 years” and is ready to retire. He also says that “He named it Rosemary Cafe because on the side of his house in Greece there were rosemary plants and it stuck with him from his home.”
The Rosemary Cafe will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Sunday, May 15.
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