Besides Octomom and the break-up of Jon and Kate, 2009 will also be remembered by this slight inconvenience of a recession we had. Casualties of the economic downturn included more than 100,000 jobs lost in the state, pay cuts for the employed and the closure of several long-time restaurants.
Chez Jose ended a 17-year run at the end of the year when Cherry Creek rents got even more astronomical. The Trail Dust on I-25 and Arapahoe, which survived a fire, tacky ties and us on all-you-can-eat steak night, finally fell.
Other notable closures: XO Noodle Bar in Jet Hotel, Alto, Mark & Isabella, Gelazzi, ESPN Zone and Sunflower.