Life on Capitol Hill: June Business Matters

Posted 6/5/19

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Life on Capitol Hill: June 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



Tough Mudder Bootcamp

Colorado’s first branch of the Tough Mudder Bootcamp gym is hosting a grand opening at its new location on June 8. The gym is located in the City Park neighborhood at 3805 E. Colfax Ave. Owned by husband and wife Brian and Libby Anglin,Tough Mudder will offer free classes that day at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

According to a news release from the gym, it will donate $5 to the Denver Fire Foundation for every person who attends the grand opening ceremony, up to $500.

Wise Choice Tattoo Removal

The laser skin treatment business opened at 190 E. Ninth Ave. in May. Wise Choice Tattoo removal offers a range of skin treatments, including anti-aging, wrinkle and acne scar treatment.

Attimo Winery

A Snooze co-founder is building a new business, Attimo Winery, which will be located in the Ballpark neighborhood. According to plans submitted to the city, the new winery will open at 2246 Larimer St., two buildings down from the original Snooze breakfast restaurant.

A website for the winery says “coming harvest 2019.”

Sunday Vinyl

The Frasca, Inc. team is bringing a new wine bar to Union Station this fall, according to a news release from the restaurant. Frasca Food and Wine is an Italian restaurant in Boulder.

Frasca’s master sommelier Bobby Stuckey, along with chef Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson and partner Peter Hoglund, will open Sunday Vinyl at 1803 16th St. The bar is inspired by Stuckey’s love of vinyl records and Europe’s wine bar culture, according to the news release.

The wine bar will be working with Vinyl Me Please, an online company that sells contemporary music on vinyl, to create a music playlist.

Sunday Vinyl will be taking over The Local[ish] Market space. The market opened in July 2017 and closed in late 2018. Frasca also owns Tavernetta, an Italian restaurant near Union Station. Tavernetta is near Sunday Vinyl’s future location.

Owlbear Barbecue

After two years, Owlbear Barbecue has opened in the River North neighborhood at 2826 Larimer St. Owlbear started as a food truck inside Finn’s Manor in 2015. Finn’s Manor is a cocktail bar that features several food trucks parked inside.

Permit applications were part of the reason for the delay in opening a brick-and-mortar location. Owlbear operated in Finn’s Manor until early 2017. By then, the Larimer Street location had become available.

The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. and runs until the meat is sold out.

Kisbee on the Roof

Kisbee on the Roof, a new rooftop bar, opened at the Jacquard Hotel and Rooftop in Cherry Creek in mid-May. The Jacquard is located at 222 Milwaukee St. Cocktails are $15. A selection of beer and wine is also available.

The rooftop at the Jacquard also has a pool and 180-degree views. The bar will also have a small plate menu.


1515 Restaurant

After nearly 22 years in business, 1515 Restaurant closed on May 31. The restaurant, which had a fine dining menu, opened at 1515 Market St. in 1997. Chef and owner Gene Tang has decided to retire from the restaurant business.

Tang recently spoke to Life on Capitol Hill for an article talking about Denver Restaurant Week. For more information, go to,278840.

Women in Kind

The co-working space founded for women, by women will be closing June 8. Women in Kind, at 3899 Jackson St., opened in August 2017.

The business had rooms for breastfeeding, as well as a space for childcare.

For a short time, Women in Kind also operated a second co-working space in Cherry Creek at 250 Steele St., but it closed earlier this year.

Crepes `n Crepes

Crepes `n Crepes closed two of its three restaurants last month, one in the Lower Highlands and the other near the 16th Street Mall downtown. The restaurant’s third location at Cherry Creek at 2816 E. Third Ave. remains open.

The restaurant first opened as a food cart in 2002. The Cherry Creek location followed two years later. The downtown location opened in 2006, and the Lower Highlands location opened in 2017.


Colorado Sake Co.

Colorado Sake Co. is expanding in its building at 3559 Larimer St. Wine & Whey, which shares the building with the sake brewery, will be closing later this summer. Colorado Sake Co. plans to take over the space, tripling the size of its footprint.

The company makes sake, a Japanese rice wine, which is brewed on site. It opened in September of last year.

Fetch Shop

The team behind the pop-up Fetch Markets will open a brick-and-mortar retail space June 4 at 1855 Blake St.

The pop-up markets have focused on local retailers. For the retail shop, Fetch will rotate brands instead of keeping the same ones in the store at all times, according to a news release.

“The goal of Fetch Shop is to create an evergreen, fresh collection of brands under one roof that, together, reflect a clear sense of place and time,” said Blake Adams, founder of Fetch, in the release.

Yampa Sandwich Co.

Formerly Backcountry Delicatessan, Yampa Sandwich Co. is a new name for a nearly 20-year-old sandwich company based in Steamboat Springs. The new name came from the Yampa River, which flows through the town.

The sandwich company has five shops in Colorado, including two in Denver. Yampa is located at 444 17th St. and 1617 Wazee St.

The Corner Beet

The vegetarian cafe will open a second location in Cherry Creek later this year. The Corner Beat first opened in Capitol Hill in 2014 at 1401 N. Ogden St.

The new location will be at 165 Saint Paul St. It will feature many of the same menu items as the original location.

Tom’s Diner

Owners of Tom’s Diner have applied for non-historic status with the city. The process allows residents to decide if they wish to apply for historic status on the building, which would mean it could not be demolished.

The building for Tom’s Diner was built in 1967 and was part of the White Spot chain of diners. The building is Googie architecture, which is known for its futurist style and is influenced by car culture.

Residents have until June 7 to file an application with the city for historic status. For more information on landmark preservation, go to

In Bloom Saturdays

On Saturdays in May, the Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District launched a new art project: In Bloom. Chalk artists created temporary drawings throughout the 16-block shopping area, according to a news release from the district. Artists from Denver Chalk Art participated.

“We want the community to rediscover their favorite walkable Denver neighborhood while it’s blooming in springtime,” said interim CEO Jenny Starkey in the release. “Live art demonstrations in new and surprising locations are the perfect way for us to welcome the changing seasons while highlighting the new additions and the local favorites in the area.”

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