Rosemary’s Cafe and Nooch Vegan Market will close this weekend

Altogether, four decades of Denver food history will come to an end this weekend with the closure of Nooch Vegan Market and Rosemary Cafe.

Vegan Nooch Market

, the plant-based grocery store at 10 East Ellsworth Avenue, will close its doors for good on Saturday, May 14 at 6 p.m. vegan food, cosmetics and clothing at RiNo in 2012; in 2014 he moved to the Golden Triangle neighborhood.

Now, Gochnour says, it’s time to close the doors on the decade-old grocery store. “The last two years with the pandemic have been overwhelming; we continue to see supply chain and shipping issues,” he explains. “Ten years [in business] it started to feel like a nice round number. The pandemic took the wind out of us a bit and I wanted to get out before things got dire. I wanted to be able to pay people and pay my bills.”

While Nooch was the only fully vegan grocery store in Colorado for a decade, Gochnour notes that the difference in demand for vegan products over the past ten years is “like night and day. Now you can get vegan options at the stations.” There’s vegan food and vegan options everywhere, there’s so much more available in every grocery store… It’s been amazing to see.”

Nooch will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 13 (with appearances by food trucks Wong Way Veg and Best One Yet); and from 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday, May 14 (the Mu Denver food truck will be present).

Rosemary Cafe will close after service on May 15.

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Meanwhile, on the west side of town, Denver is losing another restaurant: Rosemary Cafe is serving its latest plate of classic American fare on Sunday, May 15. A huge chicken fried steak and pancakes for dinner have been coming 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 he died on Sept. 2, 2021, according to his obituary.

The following message appeared on the thirty-year-old cafe’s Facebook page on Tuesday, May 10:

“The Rosemary family would like to share with all of you that as of May 15, 2022, the current owners of Rosemary’s Cafe will be stepping down and turning the restaurant over to new owners. Unfortunately, as of Sunday, May 15, Rosemarys will be closed and it is out of our hands when or if it will reopen.

We want to take this time to thank all our valued customers, those who have come once and those we see weekly or more, without you the dreams of these Greeks would not have been successful.
To our wonderful staff, current and past, we couldn’t have done this without you either. We appreciate your loyalty and treating our customers like family.

Changes and goodbyes are hard and we will miss seeing you all as much as you will miss Rosemary’s as it has been for so many years. Rosemary’s has been a part of many families and has seen our families grow for many years. While we don’t know all of the new owners’ plans, we know now is the time to focus on our families and close this chapter of our lives. We are sad to say goodbye, and hope everyone understands that this decision was made with the best interest of our families in mind. Thank you all for making Rosemary’s what it was.”

A message posted on Thursday May 12 notes that the owner, George Moraitis, has worked at the cafe “6 days a week for 30 years” and is set to retire. He also says that he “called it Rosemary Café because on the side of his house in Greece there were rosemary plants and he felt right at home.”

Rosemary Cafe will be open from 7 am to 3 pm through Sunday, May 15.

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