Littleton diners have two fewer choices when it comes to eating out around town.
Champps restaurant, in the Aspen Grove Shopping Center, and Hops Grill and Brewery, on West Bowles Avenue near Wadsworth Boulevard, have closed.
Champps, a national chain that had been based in Littleton until a few years ago, closed all three of its Colorado locations last month. The Aspen Grove restaurant opened in 2002.
“Despite the best efforts of the employees and teams at the restaurant, they haven’t performed at a strong level for quite sometime. It was strictly a business decision,” said Rick Van Warner, spokesman for the Fox and Hound Restaurant Group. “Like any business, you have to continually evaluate their assets and sometime that means closing some restaurants and sometime it means opening new restaurants.”
The chain at one time had more than 50 stores across the country. Along with the Colorado restaurants, several restaurants in the Cleveland area closed within the last month.
The company started in 1984 in St. Paul, Minn., under the name Concourse 7.
Meanwhile, Hops Grill has also closed its locations around the state, including those in Golden and Colorado Springs.
A message posted on the Littleton restaurant’s Facebook page on Nov. 11 said: “Very sad to say that as of today we have closed our doors indefinitely. To all our employees past and present as well as all of our guests we will miss you all.”
The one-time national chain has only one remaining restaurant, in Virginia, listed on its company’s website.
The restaurant chain made headlines last summer when its Charlotte, N.C., restaurant closed during the middle of serving dinner. Customers were given their food to go and asked to leave.
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