DENVER - Strings owner Tammy Cunningham is planning a day-long send-off Tuesday to honor the restaurant's almost 27 years in business.
Cunningham decided to close the restaurant to devote more time to her therapy practice. She put the practice on hold to run Strings after her husband and the restaurant's founder, Noel Cunningham, took his own life in 2011.
"I have been in this business for a long time," Cunningham told the Denver Post
. "The restaurant business is in my blood, but not my heart."
Tuesday's send-off includes a live auction of Strings memorabilia. Among the items for sale are a photo of Noel Cunningham with U2's Bono; an autographed Aerosmith Guitar; a t-shirt signed by Tommy Lee Jones; and signed and framed album covers by Michael Jackson, Sheryl Crow, String Depeche Mode, the Hooters and Van Halen.
The auction starts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The proceeds will go back to the business.
Cunningham will retain ownership of the building and use the proceeds from the auction to make improvements for the next tennant.
Strings opened in 1986 at the corner of Humbolt and 17th Streets in downtown Denver. Longtime Denver restaurateur Blair Taylor told the Denver Post that the restaurant is "... a great testament to Noel and Tammy."
"I'm sure Strings will be considered one of the most iconic restaurants in Colorado. Forever," Taylor said.
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