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BOULDER, CO-The Dandelion restaurant, for years considered one of the finest in this college town, has abruptly closed its doors, the latest sign of a poor economy in the Boulder area. The restaurant was owned by Kevin Taylor, known as one of Denver’s finest chefs and restaurant owner.

Taylor, who heads the privately held Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group, slashed prices by 35% at the 7-year-old Dandelion and cut the staff in half to 20, but sales still sagged.

No wonder. Retail sales have been on a steady decline in Boulder for close to 18 months, the overall office vacancy rate along the US 36 corridor between Boulder and Denver is 44% (66% in class-A space, according to one report), and there is a greater lack of parking than normal near the 90-space restaurant because of construction.

Taylor continues to own the Denver restaurants of Jou Jou, Palettes, Nicoise and Restaurant Kevin Taylor.

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