Gaetano’s is at 3760 Tejon St. in Denver. (Thomas Gounley picture)

Ron Robinson apparently made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.

Robinson, who has owned Italian cafe Gaetano’s in Highland because 2013, now owns the restaurant’s heritage-laced brick building, far too.

Robinson acquired the Highland homes 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, in accordance to general public paperwork.

Gaetano’s, as soon as owned by the notorious Colorado Smaldone criminal offense household, was said to have been a hub for illegal gambling and bootlegging again in the 1940s when it was first opened.

Robinson didn’t answer to requests for comment very last week.

Though revenge and a superior antipasto are both dishes famously ideal served cold, there is no evidence of bad blood among Robinson and Wynkoop Holdings.

Robinson was portion of the Wynkoop group with now-Sen. John Hickenlooper when the Smaldones sold Gaetano’s to the enterprise in 2004. In accordance to media protection from 2013, Robinson left Wynkoop to satisfy his desire of owning a cafe, ultimately buying Gaetano’s from the firm. That original deal didn’t consist of the true estate.

The Gaetano’s creating by itself, with the Tejon Street handle, is detailed at 4,934 square feet on .14 acres. The making was designed in 1925. The in the same way sized 38th Avenue parcel also integrated in the sale is a parking large amount throughout the avenue.

When it was bought by the Smaldones to the Wynkoop-held LLC in 2004, the constructing went for $751,000. The parking whole lot was sold for $86,000.