Say it ain't so! It takes a pretty special restaurant to make it more than just a few years these days, but imagine being so successful you make it for a decade. Now multiply that by five, and that's how long this place has been serving an interesting, hybrid menu concept of Italian and Mexican food.

But unfortunately, after 50 successful years, it's all coming to an end.

Piccolo Italian and Mexican - located near I-25 and Hampden Avenue in Denver - announced on their website and social media that they will shutting the restaurant down for good at the end of this month.

Their last day in business will be April 30 and they recently posted a message to their customers on their website saying farewell.

From our first day in business we have been committed to providing great food and great service at a great price. Throughout those years so many of you have become dear friends, loved ones, and supporters of Piccolo. It’s because of you we have been able to hold to that commitment and achieve our dream of being a neighborhood staple. There will never be enough words to thank you for that.

It is with heavy hearts we have made the impossibly difficult decision to let Piccolo go. The years of great memories made will remain forever, but our time in southeast Denver has come to an end. This decision is not made hastily. Our staff’s wellbeing and our commitment to a quality experience will remain our priority in these last weeks.

There doesn’t seem to be adequate words to sum up how we are feeling right now. If we tried, this statement would likely go on forever. So, for now, we will just say Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for being our support, our friends, our family.

If you need any other evidence of the positive ways they conducted business over five decades in Denver, look no further than the fact that if you have a gift card for the restaurant and you can't use it by the time they close for good, you're welcome to bring it into the restaurant so they can purchase it back. That's a rare class act for someone going out of business these days!

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