Twenty Years! Twenty…Flippin’…Years!
“The days have been long, but the years have been short.”-Gretchen Rubin
Well, with the exception of this year, I think we can all agree 2020 seems to be going on FOREVER! And while these 20 years have been filled with many ups and downs, unlike this year, it’s mostly been ups!
Opening in November of 2000, Abrusci’s Italian Ristorante set out to not only offer delicious Italian cuisine, but also be a neighborhood joint that patrons could come to no matter what the occasion. Over the years we’ve had the privilege to grow with families through milestone celebrations from engagement parties to weddings, to baby showers to birthday parties and anniversaries to retirement. As a family owned and operated business, it is our greatest pleasure to share these events with our patrons.
over the years, not only have we had the opportunity to grow with you, you have also grown with us. Things definitely started off rough, and in 2003, just as Jeff, the owner, was starting to believe that the days were numbered for the restaurant, Abrusci’s was named one of Denver’s Best Kept Secrets by 5280 Magazine—as voted by you. This honor changed everything! Business began to boom and Abrusci’s earned their place on the map. In 2010, after hearing the desires from folks around the metro area, the decision was made to expand. While opening a second location in Cherry Creek did not prove to be a success, we learned a lot and became known to folks outside the Applewood area. We continue to have people we met in Cherry Creek make the trek to Applewood to see us on a regular basis. Through elections and recessions, there have been many times over the years that closing the doors might have been the best option. However, following the closure of the Cherry Creek location, we decided to instead work on reinventing the Applewood store. Acquiring the land 10 blocks south of the original location gave us the opportunity to update our building as well as our menu. The reinvention was a success and Abrusci’s Fire and Vine became a neighborhood hotspot.
COVID has been a dagger to many industries this year, especially to the restaurant industry. When we began planning this 20-year celebration back in January; we envisioned a huge parking lot party with live music and lots of fun. As with everything that was planned back in January, that had to change, but the need to celebrate our loyal patrons has only been highlighted during these difficult times. We recognize how many of you make an extra effort to support our business and we wanted to make sure to take some time to celebrate you! Through all the years, when things have been tough, your loyalty is what has gotten us through.
So, the celebration won’t be one big party because we can’t have you all here at the same time, but we have come up with some fun ways that will give everyone a chance to participate throughout the week.
Here’s what’s going on this week:
-Watch for Abrusci’s Trivia (Tuesday- Sunday) on our Instagram and Facebook Stories for a chance to win an Abrusci’s Fire and Vine Prize Pack or ask your server when you dine in.
-Enter to win a gift basket from one of our local partners.
Deals (Dine in and Take out):
-2 for $20 of our signature dish Rigatoni and Sausage (additional charge for GF)
-2 for $20 Any Pizza (additional charge for GF)
-$20 bottles of select wines
- Tormaresca Calafuria Rose
- Erath ‘Resplendent’ Pinot Nior
- Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc
- Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon
- 14 Hands Chardonnay
- Tormaresca Primitivo IGT
-Purchase your commemorative t-shirt for $12
-Share and Tag us in your Abrusci’s Memories over the last 20 years on Social Media and win a prize!
-Our weekend specials will take you back in time with a sampling of some of our favorite menu items over the years.
-Celebrate with us with a $5 Birthday Cake Brownie Sundae for dessert all week!
-$4 Celebration Cocktail: Marv’s Limoncello and LaMarca Prosecco garnish with fresh berries
We hope you enjoy the week and look forward to seeing you!!