Life on Capitol Hill: May 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


Parq on Speer

A new apartment complex in the Golden Triangle is accepting applications from tenants to move in this summer. The building has studios, as well as one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Parq on Speer is at 909 Bannock St.

Denver Health

On April 16, Denver Health held a ceremony to place the final beam on its new Outpatient Medical Center, estimated to open in 2020. Mayor Michael B. Hancock joined Denver Health CEO Robin Wittenstein, Turner Construction Construction executive Laura Prendergast, construction workers and hospital staff at the ceremony. People signed the beam before it was placed.

The beam completed the structure of the building, which will be seven stories and 293,000 square feet. The building will centralize numerous outpatient services under one roof and will include a day surgery center, expanded pharmacy operations, lab services and radiology, according to a news release from the Denver Department of Finance.

Hilton Garden Inn

The 233-room Hilton Garden Inn at Union Station, 1999 Chestnut Place, opened its doors last month. One of Denver’s oldest firehouses is part of the property, and the hotel was designed to preserve the historic building. The building was restored, and the hotel restaurant Woodie Fisher is located inside. The restaurant is named for one of Denver’s earliest firefighters, according to a Hilton news release.



Lazo Empanadas

Lazo Empanadas will be opening a second location at the 16th Street Mall in the the former Duck Soup spot. Signs on the windows at 303 16th St. say the restaurant is coming soon. Duck Soup opened in 2013 and closed in 2018.

The restaurant’s first location is near Coors Field at 1319 22nd St.

B Bar MD

Uptown 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,” Yeon said.

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

Ivy on 7th

Ivy on 7th, a new breakfast-and-brunch restaurant, opened last month in the former Lala’s Wine Bar and Pizzeria. Lala’s, as well as several other Denver restaurants, was run by Premier Ventures Inc. It closed in December of last year. Ivy on 7th is at 410 E. Seventh Ave.

Chef Rebecca Weitzman, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, will be heading Ivy. The restaurant is run by the same organization that operates Carboy Winery, which will be opening next door to Ivy.


The cooler brand will be opening a store at 3033 E. First Ave. in Cherry Creek North later this year. Yeti opened its first brick-and-mortar store in Austin in 2017. The company is also based there. The Cherry Creek North store will be the only Yeti location in Denver.

Yeti also sells its products in outdoor stores such as REI and Cabela’s.

Noble Riot

Noble Riot, a new wine bar in the River North neighborhood, opened at 1336 27th St. early last month. The bar is operated by a team of sommeliers.

In addition to its selection of wine, Noble Riot also offers a small food menu, including cheese plates. The bar also plans to offer wine classes, from beginning to master’s courses, according to a news release.

“We believe wine is about pleasure and discovery. Pretension should never be a part of the conversation,” said Scott Mattson, one of the co-owners, in the release. “Guiding someone to that `ah-ha’ moment with wine fires us up big time. There are so many great flavors and sensations to be experienced, and Noble Riot was created to celebrate those experiences.”


Anise, a Vietnamese restaurant, will be going into the former DJ’s Cafe location at 865 Lincoln St. A website for the restaurant says it is set to open this month.

DJ’s was a breakfast cafe that opened on Lincoln in 2013. It was the second location for DJ’s. The original opened in the Berkeley neighborhood in 2005. Both locations closed in December 2017.

Vital Outdoors

Vital Outdoors opened in early March at 900 Lincoln St. The space has been vacant since 2017. The space was previously Watson’s, a grocery and liquor store.

This is the second location for Vital Outdoors, which first opened in Golden. The store sells outdoor equipment and clothing.

A Line Boutique

A Line Boutique, a women’s clothing store, has opened a fourth location near Union Station at 1750 Wewatta St. The store opened on April 22, according to its website.

The store offers appointments and tailoring for clothing and has stylists to help customers pick out clothing.


Only in Colorado

A Colorado-themed gift shop on the 16th Street Mall closed last month. The store, at 601 16th St., had a sign saying it had closed and moved. There was no information on a new location.

Ad Hominem

The Golden Triangle restaurant closed in late March. A sign on the door from the owners said Ad Hominem, 43 W. Ninth Ave., would be closed until further notice. Ad Hominem first opened in April 2018.


Glazed & Confused

The doughnut store opened a kiosk inside the Broadway Market food hall last month. This is the second location for Glazed & Confused, which also operates in the Stanley Marketplace food hall. A third location is planned for the Denver Tech Center, according to a news release.

The company makes the doughnuts in a commissary kitchen and delivers them to Broadway Market each day.


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