El Diablo restaurant to reopen after 3-week closure

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DENVER -- A three-week long shutdown for the El Diablo restaurant is over.

Following a hearing with the Denver Board of Appeals, owner Jesse Morreale will be able to take down closure notices and reopen the popular eatery at 1st & Broadway.

“They told us we were being shut down for failing to follow a ‘work-plan’ that set out a time line for making improvements the city indicated we needed to make,” said Morreale.

“But over the past three years we have totally improved the 106 year old building that once was the 1st Avenue Hotel. We have put in sprinklers and operated it safely for three years. When we bought the building, only pigeons and bums lived here! Now the place is a wonderful asset to the Baker Neighborhood.”

After several failed motions, testimony from building inspectors and fire officials, the Board voted to allow Morreale to reopen for another 60 days to get back on track with the work-plan and to make the necessary changes the city is asking for.

Morreale says his business has lost more than a half million over the three weeks the restaurant and bar have been closed and 137 employees have been out of work due to the unexpected closure.

Some of those workers held a garage sale just to help make ends meet. Now with this reprieve, Jesse hopes to work closer with the city to make sure all parties are on the same page going forward.

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