I've known about it for a while, but there was just a press release two days ago informing the Denver public that my restaurant is going to close. The Tattered Cover bookstore is leaving it's Cherry Creek location, and the Fourth Story is now in it's final four-five months. I've committed to the owner that I'll stay until the last plate of food is served, and I'm going to help the staff find jobs here in the Denver area (a large number of them I'd like to keep with me). I've already gotten a couple of job offers, but I'm looking to go out on a high note. I believe that knowing the date of the funeral will ensure all the old guests will want to stop in one more time.
I feel that in restaurant life, once is constantly tested, regardless of how well one has done on the same test the day before (you're only as good as your last plate). This test, however, is a measure beyond mere cooking or management skills. I must continue to try and make it a profitable business, while knowing the end is in sight.
I'm considering doing a full-blown blog, but I'm not sure if anyone would want to read it. I'll base my decision on feedback given here.