Owner Ron Robinson
with his beautiful wife Deanna.
Ron Robinson apparently made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. Robinson, who has owned Italian restaurant Gaetano’s in Highland since 2013, now owns the restaurant’s history-laced brick building, too.
Robinson purchased the Highland properties at 3760 Tejon St. and 2018 W. 38th Ave. in late April for $2.6 million from an LLC managed by Wynkoop CEO Lee Driscoll, according to public documents.
Gaetano’s, once owned by the notorious Colorado Smaldone crime family, was said to have been a hub for illegal gambling and bootlegging back in the 1940s when it was first opened.
Robinson didn’t respond to requests for comment last week. While revenge and a good antipasto are both dishes famously best served cold, there’s no evidence of bad blood between Robinson and Wynkoop Holdings.
The Breckenridge-Wynkoop team has decided to sell the Italian-style restaurant Gaetano's to Ron Robinson, a long-time member of their team who left last year to fulfill his dream of buying a restaurant.
Robinson, proud of his new "owner" title, told the Denver Post that he'll be "undergoing something of a baptism by fire, or at least marinara sauce, during the busy holiday season." The article also details some of the restaurant's long history.
Gaetano's was once owned by the Smaldones, Denver's most notorious crime family, says the Post. The restaurant at 3760 Tejon Street has been around since the 1940s, when it was a hub for illegal gambling and bootlegging. Today it's a Denver institution.
Wynkoop CEO Lee Driscoll was influential in helping Robinson acquire Gaetano's. He says the restaurant will benefit greatly from having an owner on-site, greeting guests at the door and establishing themselves in the neighborhood— and Ron is the guy for the job.
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