Life on Capitol Hill: October Business Matters


Business Matters is a monthly column on the changing landscape of business and development in south Denver. If there are any inquires on new developments in your area, or if you are a local business wishing to highlight an upcoming milestone, email Kailyn Lamb at


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Development along the 16th Street Mall continues as developers submitted a plan for a new hotel next to a new office tower that is under construction. Texas-based developer Patrinely Group broke ground on the 30-story office tower earlier this summer at 675 15th St. The company submitted plans to the city’s Landmark Preservation department in mid-September for a 38-story hotel next door.

The plans went to the Landmark Preservation office because the McClintock building along 16th Street is a historically designated site and was built in 1910. The hotel project plans show a portion of the building projecting over the historic building. A staff brief for the hotel plans say the renovation of the McClintock building will be reviewed during a later meeting.

The McClintock building will include the lobby of the hotel as well as private dining areas. Plans for the hotel include 450 rooms as well as three levels of below-ground parking.

Landmark Preservation discussed the application during a meeting on Sept. 18. As of Sept. 22, the department website has not been updated to include meeting minutes.



Colorado Sake Company

A tasting room dedicated strictly to Japanese rice wine opened in the River North neighborhood in early September. Colorado Sake Company, located at 3559 Larimer St., shares the building with a wine shop and gym.

The sake is brewed on site and is sold on tap as well as in bottles. The sake is brewed with yeast from Japan, as well as local flavors including Palisade peaches. The brewery and tasting room is open Thursday through Saturday. Colorado Sake currently has six different selections on tap.

Rise & Shine

The Sloan’s Lake biscuit company expanded to a second location in August, opening at 76 S. Pennsylvania St. The company first opened in 2010 and rotates its biscuit of the day. A biscuit-of-the-day list can be found on the restaurant’s website homepage.

The restaurant offers biscuit breakfast sandwiches as well as a cinnamon roll biscuit. The Sloan’s Lake location is open for dinner. The Pennsylvania Street location closes at 2 p.m.

The restaurant took over the former Europa Coffee House space, which closed at the end of June.

Chow Morso Osteria

After two years as a food stall in Avanti Food & Beverage, Chow Morso is getting its own brick-and-mortar location. The restaurant opened last month and is operated by the same company that owns Barolo Grill, an Italian restaurant in Cherry Creek.

Chow Morso opened at 1500 Wynkoop St., which was formerly Squeaky Bean. Squeaky Bean closed in June last year.

The Chow Morso food stall at Avanti will close this month and be replaced by The Rotary, which has wood-fired meats.


Premier Ventures Inc.

After more than 40 years in the restaurant industry in Colorado, Premier Ventures will be closing all four of its restaurants. Paramount Cafe on the 16th Street Mall was the first to close its doors in September. The remaining restaurants will close as their leases expire — Govnr’s Park Tavern on Nov. 11, Marlowe’s on Dec. 22 and Lala’s Wine Bar and Pizzeria on Dec. 23.

Govnr’s Park and Lala’s share a corner on East 7th Avenue and Logan Street in the Alamo Placita neighborhood. Marlowe’s neighbored the Paramount Cafe at 501 16th St. The news was first reported by Westword after the Paramount Cafe failed to open for business on Sept. 3.

Govnr’s Park first opened in Denver in 1976. Lala’s recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary in September.

The owners of Premier Ventures, Mike Plancarte and John Ott, wrote a farewell message on the Paramount Cafe’s website.

“We sincerely invite everyone to visit all of our restaurants to make new memories and celebrate nostalgia with us as we wind down this era. It is very important that we offer time to say goodbye.”

Urban Roots

Urban Roots, at 1000 Acoma St. in the Golden Triangle, closed on Sept. 19 after 16 years in business. Owner Susanne Wood posted on the shop’s website that it would be closing its doors.


The North Face

The North Face will be leaving its space in Cherry Creek North at 100 Detroit St. in November. The store, which sells outdoor wear, will be moving into a lower-level space near Nordstrom’s inside the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. The move was first reported by BusinessDen.

Herbs and Arts

Herbs and Arts at 2015 E. Colfax Ave., will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on Oct. 7. The store will be closed that day, and a party will be held at Central Park in Stapleton from noon-5 p.m.

Kaewyn Picard and John Kulsar have co-owned the store for the past 17 years. Herbs and Arts offers healing crystals, herbs and essential oils. Picard said the store has six herbalists and offers free classes.

The store first opened near the University of Denver, but after one year moved to its current location on Colfax.

Having the store on Colfax has put the store in a more vibrant area, Picard said. She added that many of her customers are seekers, hoping to find a spiritual path and healing.

“Everyone shares that part of themselves,” she said.

ChoLon Restaurant Concepts

ChoLon, an Asian restaurant at 1555 Blake St., is celebrating its eighth anniversary on Oct. 11. ChoLon is selling $88 tickets to an all-you-can-eat party with cocktails. The restaurant will be bringing in current and former chefs. The restaurant also recently underwent a remodel.

ChoLon’s sister restaurant, Cho 77, which is located in the Baker neighborhood at 42 S. Broadway will be closing on Sept. 27 and moving into a space neighboring ChoLon on the 16th Street Mall in the SugarCube building. A staff member at Cho 77 said the restaurant would reopen there in December or January.

The Group is also working on opening a European-inspired restaurant, LaRoux, in the same building.

The ChoLon Restaurant Concept company will be opening a new concept in the former Cho 77 space, BorraCho Tacos. Before opening in Baker, the taco restaurant operated as a food stall in Avanti Food and Beverage in the Highlands.


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