January Business Matters


Business Matters is a monthly column featuring business news in the Life on Capitol Hill and Washington Park Profile coverage areas, which is roughly central-north and south Denver.

As businesses continue to weather the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado Community Media urges you to reach out to your favorite local businesses to find out their reopening status, or to check if they are operating differently upon reopening.

If you are a local business that would like to announce any updates to your operations, email Christy Steadman at csteadman@coloradocommunitymedia.com.

New openings

Taki Takos

Westword reported that Taki Takos has moved into the Dive Inn at 1380 S. Broadway to run the bar’s kitchen.

Though the Dive Inn closed temporarily on Nov. 19 because of dine-in restrictions due to COVID-19, Taki Takos has been offering takeout and delivery, according to the taqueria’s social media accounts.

Cluck Chicken, which moved into the Dive Inn in 2017, outgrew the space and is moving to 1384 S. Broadway.

Taki Takos’ co-owner Mario Vargas opened his own restaurant in Capitol Hill, Zocalo Restaurant & Bar, in 2010, Westword reported. A second Zocalo opened at 2200 S. Broadway in the Rosedale neighborhood in 2012. Both locations closed in 2014. The Capitol Hill location, 12 E. 11th Ave., is now home to the Old Santa Fe Mexican Grille; and the South Broadway location is now home to The Post Chicken & Beer-Rosedale.

Some of Zocalo’s most popular items, such as the carnitas tacos, are included in the Taki Takos menu, in addition to tiki-inspired items such as fish tacos, Westword reported.

To view a full menu or to order Taki Takos, visit https://takitakos.com.


Tooey’s Off Colfax

Tooey’s Off Colfax, a live music venue/dive bar located at 1521 N. Marion St. in the southwest corner of Denver’s City Park West neighborhood, has closed.

The news first spread among Denver’s local musicians through word-of-mouth and hearsay on social media. Tooey’s did not make a post announcing the closure on its Facebook page, but by Dec. 11, local musicians, people involved with the variety of other events hosted there, former employees and the venue’s regulars were posting various farewell messages on Facebook.

“COVID has ... taken its fair share from our city,” one post reads. “This one is the icing on the cake, however. Tooeys, you will be missed by all who had good times under your roof. Another one bites the dust and Denver will never be the same.”

Tooey’s opened in 2008 as “a secret speakeasy,” Westword reported in a Dec. 13 article with the headline, “Tooey’s Off Colfax is music scene’s latest COVID-19 closure.”

Board Game Republic

Board Game Republic, a bar/restaurant that featured more than 750 board games as entertainment for guests, has closed. It was located at 900 W. 1st Ave, Ste 130, in Denver’s Baker neighborhood.

An Oct. 19 post on the venue’s Facebook page states that “the uncertainties due to COVID” brought about the decision not to renew the venue’s lease.

According to a message on Board Game Republic’s website, it operated for about 4 ½ years before the closure. The message thanked patrons for their support through the years.

“While we are sad to go, we would like to focus the light on the upside of what Board Game Republic was about, which is the amazing diversity that comes together to play games... and which builds such a wonderful community. Games see no differences between their players. They bridge the generation gaps, the economic and social gaps, the racial gaps, and cultural gaps. So thank you all for coming to play games and continuing to narrow those gaps that exist in the world!”

Devour The 303

Devour The 303, a restaurant located at 1135 E. Evans Ave., which is in the bordering corner of Denver’s Platt Park, Rosedale and University neighborhoods, announced on its Facebook page that Dec. 8 was its last day of operations.

According to the post, the restaurant, which served American-style cuisine, was open for about two years.

Moe’s Original BBQ - Denver

The Moe’s Original BBQ located at 530 Broadway in the northwest corner of Denver’s Speer neighborhood closed on Nov. 10.

The Englewood location, 3295 S. Broadway, which is roughly 3 ½ miles south of the Denver location, will remain open. This location boasts catering and takeout, an outdoor patio, a full bar with beer on tap, a bowling alley and a stage for live music. Learn more about this location: https://moesdenver.com/englewood-bbq-restaurant-sports-bar.

According the Moe’s Original BBQ’s website, the eatery got its start in 1988 by four friends attending the University of Alabama. The love of the mountains brought the friends to Vail, where they refined their cooking skills and the concept that would eventually become the franchise that Moe’s Original BBQ is today. There are now Moe’s locations across the U.S. - there are approximately eight in Colorado, not counting the Denver location that recently closed - and a location in Mexico City.

Learn more about Moe’s Original BBQ at https://www.moesoriginalbbq.com.


Bruz Off Fax

Bruz Beers celebrated the one-year anniversary of opening its second tasting room on Dec. 21. Called Bruz Off Fax, it is located at 1495 York St., which is in the northeast corner of Denver’s Cheesman Park neighborhood.

Bruz Beers got its start by co-founders Charlie Gottenkieny and Ryan Evans on June 10, 2016, at 1675 W. 67th Ave. This location boasts the brewery and the Brewery Tasting Room.

Bruz Beers specializes in brewing “traditional Belgian-style beers and innovative Belgian-inspired brews,” states its website.

Bruz Off Fax and the Brewery Tasting Room are currently open daily for patio dining and takeout, featuring Bruz Beers, pizza from Rocky Mountain Pizza Company and a different food truck each day.

Visit www.bruzbeers.com to learn more.


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