Former Bronco star abandons Grand Junction business without notice
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — According to employees, who may now be former employees, former Denver Broncos wide receiver Vance Johnson abruptly closed his restaurant in Grand Junction Friday.
According to KJCT, there was a note posted on the front door to Vance’s Epicurious, which just opened a few months earlier, informing patrons that the restaurant was closed.
“We at Epic regretfully will be closing our doors,” the message reads. “We want to thank you for your support and patronidge (sic). We are being led in another direction. God bless.”
The sign gave little advice to all of the restaurant’s employees.
“So does that mean we’re unemployed?” server Jessica Jenkins asked in an interview with KJCT. “He’s just going to tell us on a sign? That’s it?”
Jenkins told KJCT that Johnson isn’t returning calls from his employees, and that many of them haven’t been paid for their past work.
Johnson has not returned calls from FOX31 Denver seeking comment, but he is scheduled to appear at — ironically enough — a grand re-opening celebration at a Sports Authority store in Glendale on Saturday.
The former Broncos wide receiver rose to fame as one of the “Three Amigos,” a group that also included Ricky Nattiel and Mark Jackson. They received the nickname for being the favorite targets of John Elway from 1987 to 1992, and they helped the team to a Super Bowl appearance in 1989.
With this being the 25th anniversary of the trio’s playing days, they have been doing some Broncos-sanctioned traveling to celebrate their legacy with fans in recent months.
After football, Johnson tearfully admitted to spousal abuse on “Oprah.” He also owns a barbecue restaurant in Parachute called VJ’s Outlaw Ribbs. There is no word on whether or not that restaurant, which opened in 2007, has been closed as well.