Washington Park Profile: August Business Matters

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Business Matters is a monthly column on the changing landscape of business and development in soutth 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.

Development

625 Santa Fe Drive

Site plans for the 600 block on Santa Fe Drive have been submitted to the city for a new condo project. The plans include several properties around the midway point of the block on the west side. If approved by the city, plans call for a five-story building with 117 units, as well as 121 parking spaces. The plans are currently under review.

The project is listed as “in progress” on the First Stone Development website. The site says the project will be mixed-use with approximately 11,000 square feet of real estate space. It also says there will be solar panels on the roof.

Business

Openings

Twin Fin Poke

Poke has been the latest food trend to take over Denver, and now fans have a new spot to grab a meal in University Hills. Twin Fin Poke opened in June at 2720 S. Colorado Blvd.

Poke is a raw fish-and-rice meal, which often includes toppings such as seaweed, cucumber and avocado. According to the Twin Fin website, poke got its start from Hawaiian fisherman who would cut up the fish trimmings to eat as a snack.

Femme Fatale Intimates

The lingerie and swimwear store opened at 26 Broadway in June. The store was originally located in Arvada. In a live Facebook video, owner Angel Macauley said her new location is larger and would be open six days a week. Most stores on Broadway are closed on Mondays, she said, so she wanted to maintain the same business hours. Macauley also said she would host a grand opening for the store.

The store was formerly Starlet, a women’s clothing boutique, which closed in early June. Starlet still has a location off of West 32nd Avenue.

Tatsu Izakaya

A new sushi restaurant opened its doors in May in the University Park neighborhood. Tatsu Izakaya is located at 2022 S. University Blvd.

An izakaya is a Japanese bar that serves foods to go with its drinks and cocktails. They are usually small and informal. Currently, Tatsu Izakaya serves beer and sake, and is working on a sake cocktail menu, according to its website.

In addition to sushi, the restaurant also offers a selection of ramen and rice bowls.

Huevos Tacos

After Morning Collective closed on South Broadway in April, Huevos Tacos was quick to take its place. Huevos Tacos opened about a month later at 2160 S. Broadway. The restaurant serves breakfast food all day, and in addition to its selection of tacos — all of which have eggs — it has some classic breakfast selections such as Benedicts.

Morning Collective had been open in the location for two years. Zach Stock, the owner behind the former Morning Collective, is also behind Huevos Tacos.

Closings

Campus Lounge

The Campus Lounge has once again shuttered. It is the third time the Bonnie Brae establishment has closed in the last three years.

Jim Wiste, who owned Campus Lounge for 40 years, sold the bar, at 701 S. University Blvd., in 2016. Denver restaurateur Dan Landes reopened in 2017, but closed the restaurant less than a year later. In October 2018, father-son duo Dan and Jeff Nickless decided to try their hand at reopening the Campus Lounge.

They announced its closure on Facebook in early July.

“To our Campus Lounge Patrons, we thank you for your support as we tried to keep the Campus Lounge tradition alive,” they wrote. “It’s with sad hearts that we announce that we have closed the doors.” 

The Nickless family had a long history in the Bonnie Brae neighborhood: Dan Nickless’ father ran a butcher and grocery store on the block. For more information on the Nickless family opening the Campus Lounge, read our story at https://washparkprofile.com/stories/carrying-on-a-legacy,274011.

For more information on the family-owned businesses on the Bonnie Brae business strip on University Boulevard, read our story at https://washparkprofile.com/stories/a-neat-little-block,278851?.

Changes

South Broadway Country Club

The indoor golfing facility at 2265 S. Broadway is gearing up for a second location set to open this month.

South Broadway Country Club has golf simulators that allow players to keep up with their game in an indoor setting. People can rent out the simulators, which also give data on swings. The owner offers private golf lessons as well.

The new location in the Berkeley neighborhood will also offer private lessons. The business will open at 4200 Tennyson St.

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