Washington Park Profile: July 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, email Kailyn Lamb at klamb@coloradocommunitymedia.com.



Ku Cha House of Tea

Ku Cha House of Tea opened a third location in Cherry Creek in May. The business offers ore than 100 types of tea, most sold in bags after the loose tea is packed by employees.

The first Ku Cha opened in Boulder in 2005. A second location was later opened in Fort Collins. The third location is at 2445 E. Third Ave. In addition to selling tea, Ku Cha offers tea demonstrations and cultural events.

Voodoo Doughnuts

The second Denver location for Voodoo Doughnut opened at 98 S. Broadway on June 16. The shop replaced Famous Pizza, which closed in August last year. The Portland, Oregon-based company first came to Denver in 2014 on Colfax Avenue.

“We are happy to bring everything from Bacon Maple Bars to Vegan Doughnuts to a new area of town,” said co-founder Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson in a news release from Voodoo Doughnuts.  “More space, ACTUAL SEATING and hopefully more smiles than ever!”  

Earlier the same month, the doughnut shop held a job fair to hire employees for the South Broadway location.

Cherish Spirits Lounge

Cherish Spirits Lounge opened in Cherry Creek at the end of May. The bar offers 125 kinds of liquor. In addition to drinks, Cherish offers shared plates and a small food menu. The bar is at 221 Detroit St.

Flower Child

Flower Child, a Phoenix-based restaurant, is opening in the Cherry Creek Shopping Center at 3110 E. First Ave early next year. It will go into the same building as the Macy’s Furniture Gallery and The Container Store.

It will be a second location for the restaurant in Colorado. Flower Child also has a location in Boulder. The restaurant caters to people with different dietary restrictions, such as dairy free and vegetarians.

Serene Cuisine of India

Suman Roy, formerly of Little India, has opened a new Indian food restaurant near the University of Denver. Roy is one of four co-owners of the restaurant. Serene Cuisine of India opened at 2070 S. University Blvd. It opened in mid-June.

The restaurant offers traditional Indian cuisine, which involves fresh ingredients and dishes made from scratch, according to the website.

Serene replaced Four Friends Kitchen, which closed earlier this year.

Rocky Yama Sushi

Rocky Yama Sushi is set to open this month on Santa Fe Drive, replacing iSushi. The restaurant will be at 801 Santa Fe Drive where Isushi closed late last year. The restaurant will offer both dine-in and delivery options.

Frank & Roze

Frank & Roze, a coffee bar and cafe, has joined the lineup of new restaurants and shops planned for the development at East Ninth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. The development is scheduled to open this November. Frank & Roze will be located at 4097 E. Ninth Ave.

Tom Coohill, the chef behind the French restaurant Coohills, will put together the menu for Frank & Roze. In addition to coffee, the cafe will offer beer and wine.

Several other restaurants, such as Pizzeria Locale, Chuy’s, Gelato Boy, Culinary Dropout and Blanco Tacos & Tequila, were also recently announced as part of the new development.

TruFusion Gym has also announced a location at the development. It will be the first TruFusion location in Denver.


Honey Pot Lounge

Honey Pot Lounge operated in the former Vape and Play space at 1753 S. Broadway after the latter abruptly closed at the end of February. But in May, Honey Pot also closed.

Vape and Play still holds the lease on the location,and worked with owners of the Honey Pot to operate a social marijuana consumption business there.


Session Coffee

Session Coffee is opening a second location in the lobby of Porter Adventist Hospital at 2525 S. Downing St. The first location is based in the Overland neighborhood at 1340 S. Santa Fe Drive.

Pearl Wine Company

Pearl Wine Company joined forces with Culture Meat and Cheese last month. Pearl Wine will now offer a selection of cheeses and charcuterie from Culture in its store at 1886 S. Pearl St.

Culture is inside the Denver Central Market food hall in the River North neighborhood.


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