Mutu’s Italian Kitchen closes after 15 a long time in small business

A longtime Durango restaurant has closed store following its operator made the decision to go to Virginia for a alter in surroundings.

“It truly has not hit me but,” stated Rustin Newton, proprietor of Mutu’s Italian Kitchen. “I’m confident it will.”

Newton, who has lived in Durango for a lot more than 20 years, opened Mutu’s about 15 a long time back at 701 East 2nd Ave.

But just lately, his major other had a task opportunity in Virginia, and the pair made a decision it was time for a transform. And it turns out, Newton also has family in Virginia.

Newton closed on the sale of the constructing in December, and Mutu’s very last day in procedure was Dec. 20. Newton claimed that irrespective of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Italian eatery was executing well.

“It’s incredibly surreal,” he claimed. “It all occurred rather promptly.”

Newton stated he’s heading to take some time off, and then make a decision what is future, no matter whether that’s opening yet another restaurant or carrying out a thing else in the food stuff business.

“I’ll pass up all the people I realized through the cafe,” he explained. “I’m unhappy that Mutu’s isn’t there mainly because I imagine we had been a fantastic matter in the local community.”

In its stead, a new restaurant is opening at the location.

Fur Trappers Steakhouse and Bar, which is found in Vallecito, is likely to open up a second location. The homeowners could not quickly be attained for remark.

In a put up to social media, the cafe claimed the site in Vallecito will remain closed right up until the Durango site opens.

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