August Business and Developments

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Developments

Ninth and Colorado Project

In early 2014, Continuum Partners and CIM Group proposed a new housing and retail development off of Ninth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. The 26-acre project was approved by city council in December that year.

The project is aiming to revitalize the former University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

The first building, a nine-story luxury apartment building, has been completed. Residents began moving into Theo Luxury Residences in spring. The building is named for Dr. Theodore Puck, a genetic scientist who spent his career in Colorado and worked at the CU Health Sciences Center.

Construction on the surrounding apartments and retail space is ongoing. The development includes a movie theater and affordable housing project as well as two neighborhood parks. In July, construction caused street closures on 11th Avenue. For up-to-date information on the construction progress, visit: http://9thandcolorado.com/development-news/.

3090 Downing St.

Two years after its move to Five Points, the Denver Wrangler officially shut down in June. Prior to the move, the gay bar had been in the Uptown neighborhood for two decades.

Less than a month after the closure, a developer has already scooped up the property and will convert it to housing. The sale was first reported by BusinessDen. GHC Partners, a California-based developer specializing in affordable housing, bought the business property as well as an adjacent lot.

GHC has development projects across the nation in 24 states, according to its website.

The company did not respond to a request for comment on the construction timeline for the site.

Businesses

OPENINGS

Denver Ted’s Cheesesteaks

Thirteen months after the original Capitol Hill location closed, Denver Ted’s Has finally opened in LoDo. Owner Michael Rodriguez had initially hoped for a quick turnaround, closing in Cap Hill at 1308 Pearl St. in May and reopening in July 2017. Construction and funding caused the slow down, Rodriguez said.

The new location at 2020 Lawrence St. has three times the seating area as the original spot, Rodriguez said. The restaurant held a grand opening on July 21.

Ted’s first opened on Pearl Street in 2004. Rodriguez said he is hoping to bring the Capitol Hill customer base over to the new location, which has a bar area. He is also hoping to incorporate the area into a wider delivery range.

“It was bittersweet, of course,” he said of the move. “We had a great customer base.”

Ted’s will be sharing the new space on Lawrence Street with Ice Cream Riot. The ice cream shop should be opening in the next few weeks.

Leven Deli Co.

Located at 123 W. 12th Ave., Leven Deli opened in the Golden Triangle on July 30. The deli space is run by Luke Hendricks and Anthony Lygizos, who met while working at Potager in Capitol Hill. The pair will focus on take-out sandwich options, including staples like Reuben and pastrami.

Leven will have breakfast options in addition to its sandwich menu. The deli has indoor seating area and bar selections, as well as a bike drive-thru window.

Garibaldi Mexican Bistro

The Englewood-based Mexican restaurant is expanding, adding a second location at 1043 Broadway. Garibaldi is replacing the former Quijote’s spot, which closed earlier this year. The Englewood location is at 3298 S. Broadway. A staff member there said the company would announce the opening of the Denver location on its Facebook page.

Santa Fe Cookie Co.

The Santa Fe Cookie Co. expanded with a new location in the Golden Triangle. The bakery is at 303 16th St. The second location is inside the Black Crow Gallery Space at 144 W. 12th Ave. The cookie business was founded in 1985 by Deborah Kuehn. It moved into the 16th Street Mall space in 2008. Kuehn passed away in June 2017 and the business temporarily closed. Her niece, Alexis McLean, took over and reopened the business in October that year. She also runs Black Crow Gallery.

Booz Hall RiNo

River North continues its reputation as the adult playground, adding Booz Hall at the end of June. Booz Hall is located at 2845 Walnut St. and has tasting rooms for five distillers. Rising Sun Distillery is the only one in the line-up from Denver. The other options, State 38 Distilling, Wood’s High Mountain Distilling, 3 Hundred Days of Shine and Jack Rabbit Hill Farm hail from all over Colorado. Each distiller has its own bar space where people can buy cocktails or bottles.

This lineup will stay in the Booz Hall until December, when the options will rotate out. The space also has a boutique and art space.

Improper City

Shortly after Booz Hall opened at 28th and Walnut streets, Improper City opened a few blocks away in RiNo. Improper City, 3201 Walnut St., has bar and food truck options and a coffee café. The warehouse space will also have an outdoor area with stadium seating, Astroturf and patio space. The indoor portion opened in mid-July, the outdoor space is set to open in August or September.

Target

The new 30,000-square-foot Target on the 16th Street Mall held a grand opening on July 22. The location at 1600 California St. replaced a food court area. The space is two floors and includes a CVS Pharmacy.

CLOSURES

Art Institute of Colorado

The Art Institute of Colorado will close its Denver location by the end of the year, joining more than a dozen of the schools around the country that have shuttered. The school is in a nine-story building at 1200 N. Lincoln St. in Capitol Hill.

Art Institute campuses were owned by Education Management Corp. until 2017 when it sold to the Dream Center Foundation. Argosy University and South University campuses were included in the deal. The deal included 31 campuses. The sale converted Art Institute schools into a nonprofit model.

Current students will continue to attend classes until the closure.

CHANGES

Kilgore Books

The used book store celebrated its 10-year anniversary in June. Kilgore hosted a celebration that was open to the public on June 23. The store, 624 E. 13th Ave., first opened in 2008. It sits in-between the Wax Trax vinyl and music store locations.

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