Washington Park Profile: May Business Matters

Posted 5/1/19

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Washington Park Profile: May Business Matters


Business Matters is a monthly column on the changing landscape of business and development in south 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, please email Kailyn Lamb at klamb@coloradocommunitymedia.com.


Denver Health

On April 16, Denver Health held a ceremony to place the final beam on its new Outpatient Medical Center, estimated to open in 2020. Mayor Michael B. Hancock joined Denver Health CEO Robin Wittenstein, Turner Construction Construction executive Laura Prendergast, construction workers and hospital staff at the ceremony. People signed the beam before it was placed.

The beam completed the structure of the building, which will be seven stories and 293,000 square feet. The building will centralize numerous outpatient services under one roof and will include a day surgery center, expanded pharmacy operations, lab services and radiology, according to a news release from the Denver Department of Finance.

University of Denver

The University of Denver held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new dorm building at the end of March, which is expected to open in the fall of 2020. The dorm will have 500 rooms and was part of planned development on campus.

The building will be on the 2000 block of South High Street and will be named the Dimond Family Residential Village. The Dimond Family Foundation donated $5 million to the university for the dorm, according to a DU news release. Navin and Rita Dimond own and operate hotels across the nation.

For more information on the development on DU’s campus, go to https://washparkprofile.com/stories/project-aims-to-connect-du-community,263178.

Colorado Center

Developers from Lincoln Property Co. broke ground in late March on a new food hall project. Called Junction Gourmet Pavilion, the food hall will be at 2000 S. Colorado Blvd. It is listed as an upcoming amenity in the Colorado Center brochure for business spaces.

Junction Gourmet Pavilion will open early next year.



Molecule Effect

Local coffee chain Molecule Effect is opening a third location at 300 S. Logan St. Molecule Effect is joining wing restaurant Fire on the Mountain in a multi-use development project. The first Molecule Effect opened in the Santa Fe Art District in 2014. In addition to a full coffee and tea menu, Molecule Effect has a selection of beer and wine.

The coffee shop opened a second location near downtown in summer of last year inside the Nativ Hotel.

Molecule Effect’s Santa Fe location shows work from local artists.

Gates Deli & Grog

Owners at Platt Park Brewery Co. will be opening a deli next door to its taproom on South Pearl Street. Gates Deli & Grog is set to open later this summer, according to a Facebook post from the brewery.

Platt Park Brewery is at 1875 S. Pearl St. Gates will offer sandwiches, soup and salad. The business will have two walk-up windows, one for customers on the sidewalk and the other inside the brewery taproom. The Taproom window will also offer a selection of beer and wine.

Quiero Arepas

The former Makan Malaysian Cafe space has been filled by Quiero Arepas, which makes Venezuelan-style sandwiches. Quiero Arepas also has a food truck and a food stall inside Avanti Food and Beverage. The location, 1859 S. Pearl St., opened last month.

Makan closed in December.

Life Smart

Carrie Dorr, founder and former CEO of Purre Barr, is opening a studio for her new venture Life Smart. Life Smart started as an online wellness subscription for women. The website offers workouts and nutrition information as well as resources on personal growth and mental health.

Dorr’s website says a studio will be opening in December 2019 near the Whole Foods in West Washington Park at East Mississippi Avenue an South Pearl Street.


The cooler brand will be opening a store at 3033 E. First Ave. in Cherry Creek North later this year. Yeti opened its first brick-and-mortar store in Austin in 2017. The company is also based there. The Cherry Creek North store will be the only Yeti location in Denver.

Yeti also sells its products in outdoor stores such as REI and Cabela’s.



Endorphin closed one of its studios on South Broadway. The fitness chain had two studios on the same block, one for yoga and barre at 2700 S. Broadway, the other at 2738 S. Broadway, which offers cycling classes and high-intensity workouts.

The studio at 2700 S. Broadway closed in early April.

Morning Collective

Morning Collective, a breakfast-and-brunch restaurant at 2160 S. Broadway, closed last month after nearly two years.

The restaurant hinted on its Facebook page that something new may be occupying the space.

“We are grateful for your support and are excited to bring you something new in May...keep an eye out,” the post read.


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