Lament­ing the loss of An­dre’s restau­rant and bak­ery in Cherry Creek

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Karen Libby,

As many of its pa­trons know, An­dre’s Con­fis­erie Suisse in Cherry Creek opened its doors for the last time on New Year’s Day. Hun­dreds lined up for lunch each day as word spread of its clos­ing, and 9News paid trib­ute to the owner and the qual­ity of An­dre’s pas­tries and lunches.

As a pa­tron of An­dre’s for 49 years, I can echo one cus­tomer’s com­ment that there is no other restau­rant and bak­ery like An­dre’s in Colorado.

A com­ment from owner Bruno Ge­gen­schatz cut to the quick of this whole sad af­fair: He could no longer af­ford the hike in property taxes. “The city ba­si­cally doesn’t want us here any­more. We got priced out.”

Un­for­tu­nately, I’m sure his com­ment rings true with many other small busi­ness own­ers whose property is cov­eted as a piece of land for yet an­other traf­fic-con­gest­ing, view-block­ing high-rise build­ing.

Ge­gen­schatz will have a well-de­served re­tire­ment, and those of us who cher­ished his unique restau­rant will watch the small build­ing and park­ing lot be erased and re­placed. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­ or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact us at 303-954-1331.

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