After 12 years of tremendous success, Rob and Karin Lawler are selling the Truffle Cheese Shop in Cherry Creek and sister restaurant the Truffle Table in LoHi. But before anyone bemoans the end of an era, rest assured in that both businesses have been purchased by their longtime managers.

Joe Schwab and Janet Schaus (who have overseen the cheese shop for five and 12 years, respectively) have bought the Truffle, while Ian Maxwell (who ran the restaurant for three years) has taken over the Truffle Table. All of this means that the cultures will remain intact. One addition coming to the eatery is a full liquor license (think craft cocktails) and expanded hours. The change in ownership is effective February 1.

“I am grateful for these last few weeks to hug people,” Karin says. “We all get so much from this place and this community. It’s quite bittersweet.” But given what’s on the horizon for Denver’s well-loved cheese duo, the shift should be far more sweet than bitter.

In addition to focusing on their travel business, There’s No Place on Earth I’d Rather Be, the Lawlers are taking their sons out of school and traveling the world for a year. The adventure begins this summer in Paris, coinciding with their next organized trip. “[These trips are about] cheese, wine, food lifestyle, and travel,” Karin says. “Rob and I have been doing this the last five years. We take customers to places and enjoy products where they are made.” Japan is on the horizon for 2020.

We wish the Lawlers bon voyage and the new owners of the Truffle Cheese Shop and the Truffle Table continued success.

The Truffle Cheese Shop, 2906 E. Sixth Ave., 303-322-7363

The Truffle Table, 2556 15th St., 303-455-9463

Amanda M. Faison
Amanda M. Faison
Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.