Life on Capitol Hill: April 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, please email Kailyn Lamb at


990 Bannock St.

An office building at 990 Bannock St. was demolished last month in the Golden Triangle. The building was five stories and was built in 1982. There are currently no development plans submitted to the city for the property, according to Denver records. The property is owned by LMC 10th and Acoma Holdings, according to city records. LMC is run by Lennar Multifamily Communities.

The neighboring property, 921 and 951 Acoma St., has a development plan under review by the city for a 17-story building with 389 units. The building would also have 460 parking spaces. Lennar Multifamily Communities owns this property as well.



Block 21 Fitness

A dance-based workout gym will be opening at 900 Lincoln St. this summer. The classes are 50 minutes long, and drop-ins cost $15. Block 21 classes are currently being offered in a separate dance studio in the Baker neighborhood, 336 S. Broadway. Classes are meant to feel more casual, like a dance party.

Carboy Winery

Carboy Winery will be taking over the former Govnr’s Park Tavern space at 672 Logan St. The Littleton-based winery will open its doors this summer. Carboy first opened in Littleton in 2016. The winery also has a second location in Breckenridge.

Govnr’s Park Taven closed in November. Its owner, Premier Ventures Inc., announced in September 2018 that it would close all four of its restaurants as their leases expired. Paramount Cafe on the 16th Street Mall closed first, followed by Govnr’s Park Tavern, Marlowe’s and Lala’s Wine Bar and Pizzeria. Lala’s shared a corner on East Seventh Avenue and Logan Street with Govnr’s Park Tavern.

Govnr’s Park Tavern first opened in 1976.

Hydrate IV Bar

Hydrate IV Bar opened a third location this month at 2717 E. Third Ave. in Cherry Creek, according to the company’s website. Hydrate uses intravenous therapy to put vitamins and other nutrients directly into the bloodstream. Prices range from $30 to $169 depending on the service. The business uses registered nurses for injections.

Hydrate opened its first location in Bonnie Brae in 2016, followed by a second location in the Highlands in 2017.

Choice Market

Choice Market, a convenience store at 1770 N. Broadway, is opening two new shops this year. The first will open this summer in west Denver. This fall, a third location will be opening at 2200 E. Colfax Ave. The store will be the first choice market to feature gas pumps and charging stations for electric vehicles, as well as its convenience store.

The Colfax location was formerly a Chinese food restaurant.

Amazon Books

Amazon Books opened its first Colorado store in Denver in early March. The store opened at 2787 E. Second Ave. The online company opened its first brick and mortar book store in Seattle. The stores carry popular titles as well as Amazon’s electronic book reading device, the Kindle.


AKT, a cardio dance studio is heading to Cherry Creek. The company has a location at 2445 E. Third Ave. listed as coming soon on its website. The studios are run as franchise businesses.

The fitness routines were developed by AKT founder Anna Kaiser. The Cherry Creek location will be the first AKT studio in Colorado.


Departure Restaurant + Lounge

Departure Restaurant + Lounge, a modern Asian restaurant in Cherry Creek, closed its doors last month. The restaurant was located inside the Halcyon Hotel, 245 Columbine St.

Departure was operated by the Sage Restaurant Group, which also owns a location in Portland, Oregon. The Denver location opened in 2016.


Vesper Gray

Vesper Gray, a skin care and eyelash studio, is moving locations to 1940 Pennsylvania St. The business was formerly located at 671 E. 19th St. Vesper Gray offers facials as well as waxing services and more.

Tandem Bar

The bar neighboring Denver Bicycle Cafe has been renovated and reopened as Tandem Bar, 1308 E. 17th Ave. in Uptown. A grand opening party for the bar was held on March 23.

Fetch Market

Denver Flea has rebranded as Fetch Market. The organization will be holding its spring flea market at the Coors Field parking garage in the River North neighborhood at 27th and Blake streets from April 13-14. Fetch Market will also have a permanent retail store inside the Dairy Block building, 1800 Wazee St. For more information go to,

Atelier by Radex

The French restaurant at 2011 E. 17th Ave. in the City Park neighborhood temporarily closed last month due to an electrical fire. The fire was first reported by Westword. The restaurant is hoping to reopen after repairs.

Same Cafe

The nonprofit restaurant will be adding a food truck to its resume this spring. Same Cafe, 2023 E. Colfax Ave., has a pay-what-you-can model. The restaurant also lets customers pay it forward for others.

The truck will launch in May.


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