Restaurants are getting hit hard due to coronavirus restrictions, and even local favorites are not safe from failure. The Market announced that it will be permanently closing after 37 years as of this morning. The Market was not offering any curbside pickup or takeout during the outbreak, stating that they had too many employees and too many customers to feel safe operating.

In the statement released on social media, brothers Mark and Gary Greenberg, owners of the establishment since 1983, said “We are proud to have been a part of this community. Larimer Square will always feel like home, and we look forward to visiting our friends here when we can all come together again. In the meantime, stay safe out there. Thank you, Denver.”

The Market first opened in 1978 in a prime real estate location as a small grocery store. This quickly expanded into a coffeehouse, bakery, and deli, with the brothers boasting it had the first espresso bar between LA and New York.

“This was not an easy decision,” says Mark Greenberg. “The restaurant business is hard enough without a thing like the coronavirus to throw a wrench into the whole situation. Thirty-seven years is enough for me, and I’m just moving on.”

Greenberg first bought The Market when the original owner decided to sell, stating that it was where he had taken his wife on their first date, and he had always wanted to own it.

“We’ve had an incredible run, and we’re deeply grateful to the Denver community for letting us be a part of your lives – from your morning coffee run and lunches with friends to your yearly Spring Fling traditions and family celebrations, and so many moments in between.”

To share favorite Market memories, tag @themarketatlarimer on Instagram and share your story with the hashtag #37YearsAtTheMarket.

Kaylee was raised (but not *technically* born) in Colorado. She graduated from Regis University with a bachelor of arts in English. During her time at Regis she worked as a teaching assistant in a freshman classroom setting and in the writing center helping students on a variety of topics. While there, she discovered Cura Personalis, or care for the entire person, leading to her love of feminism and desire for equal rights for all. Kaylee is the managing editor for AboutBoulder, OnDenver, and a key member of the OnMetro team, launching this platform in cities across the United States.