Life on Capitol Hill: February Business Matters


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




After 14 years in Aspen, Mexican restaurant Zocalito has made its way down the mountain and into downtown Denver. The restaurant opened in January at 999 18th St.

The restaurant announced it would be moving to Denver late last year.

“After 14 years in Aspen, we look forward to the opportunity to continue to share the ingredients and culinary traditions of our beloved Oaxaca, at Zocalito’s new downtown location,” said chef and owner Michael Beary in a news release.

Broadway Market

The Golden Triangle’s food hall has set an opening date. Broadway Market will open on Feb. 15, according to a news release. The release also announced several new vendors joining the food hall. Maria Empanada, will open its fifth location in the food hall. Empanadas are pastries filled with meat, cheese or vegetables. Wonder, a Boulder-based smoothie shop will also be opening, along with Little Noodle Pasta Co. Broadway Market is located at 950 Broadway. For more information on the food hall, read Life on Capitol Hill’s December article,,273982?.

We Work

We Work leased 18,000 square feet from the Finance House in Cherry Creek, 205 Detroit St. It will be the ninth location for the company in the Denver area. We Work offers co-working spaces for individuals or small companies. It is headquartered in New York City and has office space available across the country. We Work will take the second and third floors of the Finance House, according to the Denver Business Journal.

The company’s website lists the Cherry Creek location, but does not have leasing information available at this time.

B Bar MD

Uptown now has a new type of beauty bar, which its owner, Dr. Helen Yeon, is hoping will bring convenience into cosmetic medical injections. Yeon said she wanted the business to be easy and convenient for all her patients.

“I wanted to make it almost like getting gas,” said Yeon of her new business.

Yeon, who has more than a decade of experience in medical aesthetics, offers several non-surgical options such as Botox. The business is located at 1801 Williams St. To learn more, visit


Last month, Zeppelin Station announced a new restaurant for its food hall in a news release. Denver restaurateurs James Samara, Brendan McManus and Bobby Morgan created the OK POKE concept specifically for the food hall at Zeppelin Station, the release said. The restaurant will offer sushi-quality fish and rice bowls with add-in vegetables and garnishes.

“Poke has gotten away from what made it popular in the first place: simple, fresh and nutrient-rich ingredients,” Samara said in the release.


Colorado is getting a second Untuckit shop, which offers casual shirts meant to be worn untucked. The men’s clothing brand is set to open a shop in the Cherry Creek Shopping Center early this year. The other Untuckit store is located in the Park Meadows mall.

The Cherry Creek Shopping Center has the store listed as “coming soon” on its website. It will be located on the lower level of the mall.

Tough Mudder

Tough Mudder, a company known for its obstacle races across the nation, is set to open an indoor gym in the City Park neighborhood. The Denver gym, at 3805 E. Colfax Ave., is listed on the Tough Mudder Bootcamp website, along with 15 other locations across the nation. Locations in Las Vegas, Houston and Massachusetts are already open. The gym is expected to open next month, according to BusinessDen.

Lovely Bride

A bridal shop is set to extend into a full shop this month in the River North neighborhood. The Lovely Bride started as a pop-up shop at 3377 Blake St. The full showroom is set to open at 2636 Walnut St. Brides set appointments to go through the collection of dresses. Stylists help them select the dress. The shop does not tailor dresses or do alterations.


Snarf’s, a Boulder-based chain of sandwich shops, is set to open its first Denver location of its sister shop, Snarfburger. The Capitol Hill Snarf’s, located at East 11th Avenue and Ogden Street, moved into the location next door in the building. The spot was previously home to a laundromat, which closed in early 2016. Since then, Snarf’s has been teasing the opening of Snarfburger.

The sandwich chain first opened in Boulder in 1996. It expanded into burgers in 2013. The first Snarfburger opened in Boulder. The Capitol Hill location is one of two Snarfburgers planned for Denver. The other is set to open on Federal Boulevard.


A California-based stretching studio is heading to Cherry Creek next month. The studio will be located at 3201 E. Second Ave. StretchLab offers assisted stretching meant to counter imbalances or tightness in the body, according to the website. It can also help people with flexibility and range of motion.



Beta closed its doors on Jan. 5. The nightclub operated in Lower Downtown for nearly 11 years. Beta was located at 1909 Blake St. and frequently made national and local lists for high-ranking clubs.

“It is with love and adoration for our community that we close the curtains on an amazing show we affectionately call Beta Nightclub,” the owners wrote in a post on the website. “It has been a source of great pride that we have had the privilege to provide a place filled with magic for our thousands of fans, countless DJs and faithful staff, promoters and partners.”

Three Lions

The Three Lions, a soccer bar on Colfax Avenue, has officially closed its doors. The bar opened at 2239 E. Colfax Ave. in 2011. The bar is rebranding as a more traditional sports bar, according to its parent company. Little Pub Co. Colfax Sports and Brew is set to open sometime this month.

Little Pub Co. also owns the British Bulldog, another soccer-themed pub on Stout Street.


Denver Drumz

A longtime Congress Park drumming school has moved to the Baker neighborhood at 420 Broadway. Owner JB Maroncelli wrote on the Denver Drumz Facebook page that he outgrew his space in Congress Park and is hoping the new space on Broadway will bring more visibility to his drum school. He expects to open the first week of this month.

The space is 5,000 square feet and has room for studio space and band rentals.

Maroncelli launched a Go Fund Me in 2017 to help raise money for the new space. So far, he has raised $1,000 of a $10,000 goal. For more information, visit


The former South Broadway restaurant opened its doors downtown late last month. Cho77 closed at 42 S. Broadway in September, and reopened in January at 1555 Blake St. Cho77, which is operated by ChoLon Restaurant Concepts, offers Asian-style street food.

BorraCho Tacos, which is owned by the same restaurant group, is open in the former Cho77 space.

Aviano Coffee

A second Aviano Coffee shop has opened in Cherry Creek North. The new location is at 215 St. Paul St. The other location, at 244 Detroit St., has been there since 2010. The company opened its first shop in 2006.


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