First Avenue Hotel
A historic building on South Broadway is gaining new life as tax cuts and design plans for affordable housing have been approved by the city. The First Avenue Hotel is being built by Zocolo Community Development, which will convert the building into 106 planned units. Zocolo plans to begin construction this summer.
The hotel building was first built in 1908, but hasn’t been in use since 2013. As a historic building, plans needed to be approved by the city’s Landmark Preservation office before construction could begin. City council members approved $2.5 million worth of tax cuts for the project in a June meeting.
355 Logan St.
The one-acre site off Speer Boulevard at 355 Logan St. was recently purchased by Holland Property Group. The Washington State-based developer has been behind several projects in Denver, including the Union Denver Building at 1770 Chestnut Place downtown.
According to the Colorado Real Estate Journal, the site will be developed into 171 units. The majority of the project will be one- and two-bedroom units, with five three-bedroom units. The building will also have 245 parking spaces.
The area was previously undeveloped.
This September, Platt Park will get an Australian-style chicken eatery at 1300 S. Pearl St. Chook will take over the former Village Cork spot, which closed in June after more than 16 years in the space. Co-owner Alex Seidel is basing the concept off of charcoal-roasted chicken restaurants in Australia. Seidel spent a year living in Australia, where his wife is from.
Seidel also runs the Mercantile Dining & Provisions downtown and Fruition Restaurant off of East 6th Avenue.
Queen City Collective Coffee and Novel Strand Brewing
The Baker neighborhood is the latest to get a local brewery, when Novel Strand Brewing opened its doors on July 12. In June, Queen City Collective Coffee opened in the shared space at 305 W. First Ave.
Queen City will sell coffee daily in the mornings, while Novel Strand will open in the afternoons from Thursday through Sunday. Novel Strand first leased the space in September 2017.
Denver Corn Hole Games
Longtime Denver residents Jon and Pam Dean have launched a new business from their garage in the University neighborhood. The pair found several Craigslist postings asking for handmade cornhole boards and decided to make a business out of it. They first started making cornhole boards in March, making their first sale in April. So far, Denver Cornhole Games has sold 20 handmade, customized boards.
“It’s something we can do together,” Jon said. “I’ve been wanting to work with wood to make money for years.”
Jon said he makes the frames for the boards out of beetle kill wood. Pam makes the beanbags. Jon said the board fit into official cornhole regulations. Now that Jon is doing this full-time, he said he hopes to be able to make two sets of boards a day.
Some of their boards are sold at Fun and Funky Gallery in Bailey, Colorado, as well as online on www.denvercornholegames.com.
Sportsbook Bar & Grill
The Greenwood Village bar has opened a second location in Washington Park. The location, at 266B S. Downing St., was formerly home to Wash Park Sports Alley. As the name suggests, Sportsbook is a sports bar with a full selection of burgers, sandwiches and salads. The company’s website keeps a full tally of professional sports games in Colorado, as well as national and international events such as the recent World Cup.
The Contemporary Herbalist
The new acupuncture clinic at 533 E. Ohio Ave. opened in June and held a grand opening on July 13. Dr. Christine Cannon said this is her first time opening a clinic that incorporated a retail counter and storefront. Cannon and her business partner Melissa Radcliffe make the organic beauty products in-house.
Cannon has been practicing acupuncture since 1993. The Contemporary Herbalist focuses on Chinese medicine and women’s medicine.
Lolli & Pops
San Francisco-based Lolli & Pops is expanding into Denver with a new shop set to open in the Cherry Creek Shopping Center by the end of the year. The company first opened in 2012 and now has 57 stores nationwide. Lolli & Pops is adding five new stores, including the Cherry Creek location by 2019. The gourmet candy store has a location in the Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree.
Socorro’s Street Tacos
Last year, the White Palace building at South Broadway and East Bayaud Avenue came under new ownership. The building is home to Famous Pizza and Socorro’s Street Tacos. Under the new owners, the rent has gone up and Socorro’s closed at the end of July. Socorro’s is located at 19 E. Bayaud Ave. and has been there since 2010. Socorro’s owner Joyce Schaeffer announced the closure on its Facebook page.
“We definitely had many road bumps in this journey, and even today, so my apologies to all,” she wrote.
In the post, she cited the increase in rent as a reason for the closure.
Bayaud Barber Shop
Schaeffer’s son Justin owns the barbershop next door to Socorro’s. Schaeffer announced on Socorro’s page that her son would be closing Bayaud Barbershop as well.
Mayu Meditation Co-Op
Mayu is extending into a lot adjacent to its meditation center at 1804 S. Pearl St. Mayu will use the lot to add more classroom space, as well as a garden that will open this fall. Over the past nine months, Mayu has been working on renovation projects throughout its 5,000-square-foot building. In July, it announced the expansion of the garden space. The space will be called the Koloskus Garden for Reflection and Healing and will be an outdoor meditation area.
Punch Bowl Social
Punch Bowl Social announced that its location at 65 S. Broadway has a new VR Parlor for guests to rent. Punch Bowl has added three virtual reality gaming stations where the indoor bocce ball courts used to be. Eight people can rent individual sections with one VR headset and controllers. The stations have 10 games.
The South Broadway location, which is the original Punch Bowl, is the first in the restaurant chain to launch the VR parlors. The restaurant plans to expand the new program into five other locations across the nation.
The parlors are set up so that friends can watch each other play the games, which are single-player.
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