Denver is losing one of its vegan restaurants, and probably its quaintest.
Owners Nandini and Carlos Rossi announced earlier this week that Govinda’s Garden Café will close April 29.
“It is with a heavy heart that we are writing this communication to all of you,” Nandini Rossi wrote. “So, the sad news; my husband Carlos and I will be closing our Govinda’s Garden Vegan Café as of April, Saturday the 29th and as of that date we no longer be serving our healthy vegan buffet to you all, as we have for the past three and half years. We are so sorry.”
The note says the Radha Krishna Temple is taking back control of the restaurant, which it ran before the Rossis. It’s uncertain whether they’ll continue to serve food.
Govinda’s is the latest in a steady stream of closing mainstay Denver restaurants. It’s also the second vegan restaurant to close this year — Handy Diner closed in March — and another in a line of vibrantly painted Denver restaurants to close somewhat recently. We can only hope the building doesn’t meet the same gray-painted fate as Le Central and Gypsy House.
The restaurant will host a goodbye celebration on Earth Day, April 22. Details to come.
Here’s the full letter from the Rossis:
Your friends and servants
Nandini and Carlos Rossi