November 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

La Bouche

A new wine bar in Denver hosted its grand opening on Sept. 30.

La Bouche is a French-American experience located at 1100 E. 17th Ave., which borders Uptown and the City Park West neighborhood.

Along with an extensive wine list, the establishment features specialty cocktails, nonalcoholic specialty beverages and a food menu with a selection of salads, sandwiches, desserts and more.

To learn more about La Bouche, visit https://labouche.wine/.

TrashHawk Tavern

TrashHawk Tavern opened on Oct. 18 at 1539 S. Broadway in Denver’s Overland neighborhood. The space was formerly occupied by Alternation Brewing Company, which, according to its Facebook page, closed in October 2020.

The new drinking spot will serve the area as a neighborhood bar, with its beverage menu boasting beer and liquor shot combos and some specialty drinks. Though beer on draft is not available at the bar quite yet, TrashHawk Tavern offers a selection of commercial beers, such as Pabst Blue Ribbon and Coors, and craft beer from Denver’s Ratio Beerworks and Station 26. Food will offered through various food trucks.

To learn more about TrashHawk Tavern, visit www.trashhawktavern.com.

Closings

TAG Burger Bar

TAG Burger Bar, 1222 Madison St. in Denver’s Congress Park neighborhood, has closed.

Owner Troy Guard made the announcement on the restaurant’s Facebook page: “Thank you for your friendship the past 11 years, it has been the most incredible ride!”

Though TAG Burger has closed, Guard encouraged its patrons to visit any of the sister restaurants, which offer a variety of concepts and are located throughout the city: Tiny Giant Sushi in LoDo; Guard and Grace, a steakhouse downtown; HashTAG, a breakfast spot in Central Park; Los Chingones Mexican restaurant, which has multiple locations; FNG, a rock-and-roll themed neighborhood restaurant in West Highland; and Grange Hall in Greenwood Village, which has a few Troy Guard concepts included in its food stall options.

Milestones

Adornments

Adornments, a women’s clothing and accessory boutique located at 2826 E. Third Ave. in Cherry Creek North, celebrated its 25th anniversary in October.

The shop offers a wide variety of colors and textures, and proudly represents a great selection of clothing and accessories by American women designers, as well as Canadian and European designers.

Adornments’ current owner Consuelo Diaz bought the store in October 2019 when the former owner retired and moved out-of-state to be closer to family.

To learn more about Adornments, visit www.adornmentsdenver.com.

Pete’s University Park Café

Pete’s University Park Café, 2345 E. Evans Ave., celebrated its 25th anniversary in October.

The café is one of six local-and-family-owned restaurant concepts. Four of them have re-opened following 2020’s COVID-19 shutdowns.

Pete’s Restaurants got their start by the late Pete Contos back in 1962 when he opened Pete’s Satire Lounge, 1920 E. Colfax Ave. in Cheesman Park. Next to come was Pete’s Kitchen, 1962 E. Colfax Ave., also in Cheesman Park, which opened December of 1988. Pete’s University Park Café opened in 1996, and Pete’s Central One, 300 S. Pearl St. in West Washington Park, opened February of 1998.

To learn more about the restaurants, visit www.petesrestaurants.com.

SAME Café

SAME Café, 2023 E. Colfax Ave. in Denver’s City Park West neighborhood, celebrated its 15-year anniversary in October.

SAME — So Everybody May Eat — Café is a nonprofit, “donation-based, fair exchange restaurant that serves healthy food to everyone, regardless of ability to pay,” states its website.

The restaurant does not have a set menu, but its daily offerings will include two options of soup, salad and pizza, made in-house with mostly-local, organic food.

SAME Café does not have set prices for its menu items. Customers may either make a donation for their meal, or participate in the community — volunteering or giving produce, for example — in exchange for the meal.

“Our philosophy is that everyone, regardless of economic status, deserves the chance to eat healthy food while being treated with dignity,” states the café’s website.

SAME Café also offers its Cook to Work program free of charge to students to learn the basic culinary skills necessary for an entry-level position in a restaurant or commercial kitchen.

SAME Café got its start by Brad and Libby Birky, who had experience in fighting hunger through volunteering at soup kitchens and food banks.

To learn more about SAME Café or to learn about volunteering with the organization, visit www.soallmayeat.org.

So Many Roads Museum and Brewery

The So Many Roads Museum and Brewery celebrated its one-year anniversary in October.

So Many Roads, 918 W. First Ave. in Denver’s Baker neighborhood, is a local hangout for people to enjoy all things Grateful Dead — and some other iconic musicians and bands.

The venue boasts a stage for live music, a bar and gaming room, a patio and various merchandise for purchase, such as vintage-and-reprint t-shirts and other collectables.

The museum portion is one of the largest public displays of Grateful Dead art. Prior to opening last year, So Many Roads’ owner Tyler Bishop recruited Jay Bianchi —known for opening many local venues including Sancho’s Broken Arrow, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom and the former Quixote’s True Blue — to serve as So Many Roads’ curator.

So Many Roads got its brewery component up-and-running in October, currently featuring its Garcia Celebration IPA and Sancho’s Broken Arrow Ale.

To learn more about So Many Roads, visit www.somanyroadsbrewery.com.

Miscellaneous

Open

A sandwich shop that got its start in RiNo in March of this year moved to Congress Park, inside the Goosetown Tavern at 3242 E. Colfax Ave., in early October.

Open’s sandwiches are chef-inspired and named after the Denver chef who created it. The Lee, for example, is a Sichuan braised beef sandwich and named after restaurateur Tommy Lee, who is the chef/owner of Uncle and Hop Alley. Though Open specializes in sandwiches, it also offers various appetizers, salads, sides and desserts.

The sandwiches go for $15 each, and $1 of that goes to charity, according to Open’s Facebook page.

To learn more about Open, visit www.opendenco.com.

The Amaranth

Mile High CRE, an online commercial development news publication, reported that The Amaranth, a luxury apartment building that overlooks the Denver Botanic Gardens and Cheesman Park, has sold for $90.53 million.

The multifamily property, which was built in July 2015 by MGL Partners, consists of 156-units and is located at 2190 E. 11th Ave. It was purchased by Griffis Residential, a multifamily real estate investment company that owns and manages properties in Colorado, Texas, California, Oregon and Washington, according to its website.

To learn more about The Amaranth, visit www.amaranthdenver.com.

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