Politicos honor behind-the-scenes player Henry Strauss on his 90th birthday


The Palm, a tony chain restaurant that has a franchise in most metropolitan cities and gained renown as a power-lunch watering hole for lawyers, politicos and businessmen, has closed in Denver.

Colorado Politics discovered the family-owned restaurant officially closed on Monday, marking the end of its Denver legacy. It isn't the only franchise that's closing: The Palm's parent company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019, and after a bitter legal battle between the remaining family members who clung onto the restaurants' legacies, all franchises were put up for sale in December.

Two weeks ago, Landry's Inc., a holding company that owns over 500 restaurants including Morton's The Steakhouse, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Rainforest Cafe, purchased The Palm.

The Denver restaurant was situated downtown on Lawrence St., between the 16th Street Mall and 17th Street. A brief history of its visitors in just the past few years show that it was known as a spot for shoulder-rubbing pomp and celebration.

In 2015, The Palm hosted a luncheon tutorial held by the Chamber of Americas to explain the then-pending Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement; in 2017, philanthropist Henry Strauss celebrated his 90th birthday there with 200 guests, including Gov. Jared Polis; in October 2018, Vice President Mike Pence attended a luncheon fundraiser there in support of a conservative PAC; and John Hickenlooper was hardly the first governor who found many opportunities to host politico movers and shakers in the posh joint.

Neither Landry's Inc. nor The Palm had returned request for comment.

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