June Business Matters

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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 and central-south Denver.

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

Big Easy’s Crepe Kitchen

A new Denver-based virtual creperie opened in May.

Big Easy’s Crepe Kitchen is operating out of the Jamaican Grill, 709 W. Eighth Ave. in Denver’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, and offers pickup and delivery to all of Denver. Jamaican Grill also has a seating area for those who would like to enjoy their crepes onsite.

Virtual kitchens are a relatively new idea for the restaurant industry, said Nathan Briley, owner of Big Easy’s Crepe Kitchen. Some operate out of cloud kitchens alongside other virtual restaurants, and others, like Big Easy’s Crepe Kitchen, operate with a partnership out of an already-established brick-and-mortar, Briley said.

“This is a growing and exciting new frontier for restaurants and restaurant brands,” Briley added, “because it allows you to get up and running and (open) a concept for a fraction of the cost of opening a new location.”

Big Easy’s Crepe Kitchen offers a variety of house specialties that include anytime-of-the-day crepes, savory or sweet options. The creperie also offers a selection of about 30 fillings and toppings for a create-your-own option.

“They are a fast, but quality, tasty twist on an old classic for when you don’t have time to sit down at your local French restaurant,” Briley said.

To learn more about Big Easy’s Crepe Kitchen or to order, visit www.bigeasyscrepes.com.

Clayton Members Club & Hotel
 
The Clayton Members Club & Hotel opened at 233 Clayton St. in Cherry Creek North in early May.
 
The Clayton serves the community as a multi-purpose destination venue. It includes a 63-room boutique hotel; a private members club, which offers access to additional amenities including fitness facilities, coworking and social spaces, and a rooftop restaurant and pool; and a variety of event spaces that are available for special occasions or meetings.
 
Its two eateries — One of A Kind, a full-service restaurant offering California coast and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine; and OAK Market, an all-day counter serving light meals and snacks — are open to the general public; as will be Five Nines, a cocktail lounge, once it opens.
 
To learn more, visit https://claytondenver.com.

Closings

Charcoal Bistro

Westword reported that Charcoal Bistro split all April 22 sales evenly among staff for Employee Appreciation Day prior to the restaurant’s permanent closure two days later.

On April 23 and 24, it honored its commitment to Denver Restaurant Week and served a special menu.

Charcoal Bistro was at its Washington Park location at 1028 S. Gaylord St. since October 2016. This location was an offshoot of the restaurant’s original location at 43 W. Ninth Ave. in the Golden Triangle. Called Charcoal, it operated from 2011 to 2018, Westword reported.

Charcoal Bistro specialized in modern American cuisine and featured regular plant-based menu options and occasional multi-course vegan chef’s dinners, Westword reported.

Milestones

J.J. Cunningham’s Gallery

John Cunningham celebrated 20 years of being in the art business this spring.

Getting his start in 2001, through the years, Cunningham has worked on several business models in the industry. He has overseen local galleries; had a strategic alliance with a Colonial period furniture dealer; consigned with a Native American art dealer; and managed high-end art and antique shows, including shows in destination places such as Santa Fe, Aspen and Jackson Hole. Cunningham also had an online store and website, and opened a gallery in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Cunningham’s most recent endeavor is J.J.Cunningham’s Gallery, 1523 S. Pearl St. in Denver’s Platt Park neighborhood, which he opened in September 2014.

“South Pearl Street is an ideal mix and match,” Cunningham said. The “street serves as a town square for neighbors who walk Pearl Street in the evenings and weekends.”

The gallery specializes in vintage European art, with works representative of the 1880s to 1920s; and Scandinavian modern art from the 1930s, `40s and `50s. Cunningham acquires much of his art from Denmark and Sweden at old-line auction houses — one of these was established in 1647.

However, the gallery also carries French lithographs from the 1950s — the late French artist Henri Matisse in particular — and urban atmospheric motifs by a contemporary Denver artist.

To learn more about J.J.Cunningham’s Gallery and view some of its art for sale, visit http://jjcunninghamsgallery.com.

Miscellaneous

Steve Farber Scholarship

The Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck law firm, which is headquartered in Denver, recognized its first scholarship recipient in May.

The scholarship was started by the firm to honor one of its founding partners, Steve Farber, who died last year. Farber was a North High School alumni and a 1968 graduate of the University of Colorado Law School, states a news release.

Denver’s North High School Alumni Foundation will award a graduating senior with a Steve Farber Scholarship each year.

The 2021, and first, recipient is Louisa Wilson.

Wilson worked “tirelessly throughout her high school career (and earned) not one grade below an A. She will attend the University of Tampa where she will work to earn her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Her long term goal is to earn her law degree and work for the FBI or practice as an attorney, states a news release.

To learn more about the Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck law firm, visit www.bhfs.com.

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