Washington Park Profile: March Business Matters


Business Matters is a monthly column on the changing landscape of business and development in north Denver. If there are any inquiries on new developments in your area, or if you are a local business wishing to highlight an upcoming milestone, email Kailyn Lamb at klamb@coloradocommunitymedia.com.


301 S. Harrison St.

A new senior living facility is planned for 301 S. Harrison St. Denver property records show the land was purchased late last year by Solterra Senior Living. The property is located near South Colorado Boulevard and East Alameda Avenue. The plan for the new facility was first reported by BusinessDen. The building will have 136 units over seven floors.

Solterra is based in Arizona and has several senior living facilities there. Its website also lists a senior living facility in Castle Rock.



Memphis Cue Bar

A new pool hall is set to open this month at 333 Broadway. Memphis Cue Bar will offer pool leagues on both 7- and 9-foot tables. The business is hoping to attract more competitive pool players.

The Broadway space was formerly Studio Lites, a wig and costuming store that catered to the drag and burlesque communities with a large inventory of sizes and styles. The store was in the space for 20 years and closed at the end of 2016. It reopened in a smaller location at 25 W. Third Ave.


A climbing-style gym is opening a second location near Washington Park. Fitwall first opened in the Lower Highlands in 2016. The new gym will open this spring on the ground floor of the Wrigley on Penn development project. The building is at 421 E. Bayaud Ave. For more information on the development project, go to https://www.wrigleyonpenn.com.

Fitwall is a California-based gym with franchise locations throughout the country. The gyms use wall-mounted equipment. Both Denver locations have memberships from $79-$159 per month.

AJ’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Located at 2180 S. Delaware St. in the Overland neighborhood, AJ’s Pit Bar-B-Q is bringing Texas-style smoked meats to Denver. Originally, the company started its restaurants in Chicago in 2010 at the BBQ Supply Co. But once owners Jared and Amanda Leonard expanded to Denver, they knew a rebrand was in order.

“The name BBQ Supply is mistaken too often for a store, not a restaurant, and we don’t do classes here (yet) or have the retail store — so we’re looking for a new brand as we launch our first full-service restaurant here in Denver,” the pair wrote on their website for AJ’s.

The restaurant first opened in January. After the name change, the business also expanded its menu and hours. AJ’s is open seven days a week until the restaurant sells out of food. The company hopes to offer barbecue classes in the future.

Cochino Taco

The Englewood taco restaurant is opening a second location at 176 S. Broadway this spring. Cochino, which means pig in Spanish, first opened at 3495 S. Downing St. in 2016. The restaurant offers a variety of tacos, as well as a poblano queso burger.

The restaurant is taking over a former bar space. Gary Lee’s Motor Club and Grub closed on South Broadway in November.



The University of Denver area brewery, which opened in 2014, closed its doors at the end of February. In a Facebook post about the closure, the owners cited overhead and rising costs as the reason.

“We have strived to create well-made beer, provide a venue to the community that they can be proud of, and employ a team of dedicated people who make make no compromises in how they work,” the post read. “We’re proud to say we have accomplished those things.”

The owners also hinted in the post that a new brewery would be taking over the space, located at 1715 E. Evans Ave.

Pura Vida

The fitness club closed at the end of February in the Cherry Creek area. Pura Vida’s owner made the announcement to staff in a letter and originally hoped to close the gym on April 15. But in the weeks following the announcement, the business lost revenue and revised the closing date to Feb. 28.

“This decline in revenue along with the continued expenses has compelled me to accept the reality of the glaring financial impact by needing to adjust the closing date to February 28, 2019,” Founder J. Madden wrote in a letter to club members on the website. “Accepting this reality is extremely difficult and uncomfortable, but a necessity.”

Madden also wrote that he is opening a new venture, Pura Vida Studio. He wrote that he is concentrating on negotiating lease terms, as well as hoping to secure funding for the new studio.

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler, a high-end furniture store in Cherry Creek North, closed its doors at the end of January. It was the company’s only store in Colorado and was located at 158 Fillmore St.


The burger chain announced the closure of four of its Colorado restaurants, including its Washington Park, Downtown and University Hills locations. In a post about the closures on its website, the company said it is hoping to rebrand its eight remaining locations as the Lark Spot.

Lark Spot will offer community events and classes, as well as sandwiches on the menu. The location will also have bars.

The Denver Lark Spot is at 8000 E. Belleview Ave.


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