Life on Capitol Hill: October Business Matters

Posted 10/4/19

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Life on Capitol Hill: October 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


Tammen Hall

Tammen Hall, an affordable housing project for seniors opened last month in the City Park West neighborhood. The building is located at 1010 E. 19th Ave. The project includes 49 one- and two-bedroom units, according to a news release.

The first and top floors of the eight-story building are common areas for residents, including a theater and rooftop patio. The Tammen Hall building was first built in 1930 as a dormitory for nurses working at the Childrens Hospital, the release said. It has been vacant since 2007.

The building will serve seniors who are aged 62 older, and make 60% or less of the area median income. The project broke ground in June 2018.




The new barbecue restaurant opened in the Uptown neighborhood on Sept. 6. Smokehouse17 is located at 1612 E. 17th Ave., and features a menu of meat platters, sandwiches and boards. A vegetarian sandwich made with portobello mushrooms is also available.

The space was formerly home to the Knotty Neighbor restaurant. The restaurant only lasted a few months, according to Westword. Prior to that, it was the Southern restaurant Bread N Butter, which opened in 2016 and closed two years later.

Carboy Winery

Carboy Winery opened in the former LaLa’s Wine Bar & Pizzeria space at 400 E. Seventh St. last month. The winery is based in Littleton. Governor’s Park restaurant is the second location for Carboy.

Nearby, Counter Culture Brewing + Grille also opened a new restaurant and taproom at 205 E. Seventh Ave. The brewery had a soft opening, and is planning to expand its beer list and menu this month.

Both locations opened in early September.


The Capitol Hill Snarfburger opened in mid-September at 1001 E. 11th Ave. The new restaurant neighbors its sister-chain, Snarf’s Sandwiches. The first Snarfburger opened in Boulder in 2013.

According to a Facebook post from the restaurant, the Capitol Hill Snarfburger has temporary soft opening hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Capitol Hill location is the second Snarfburger in Denver. Another location opened off of Federal Boulevard earlier this summer.

Ritual Social House

Ritual Social House will be taking the place of Nicolo’s Pizza, which closed in July. Nicolo’s had been in the space at 1209 E. 13th Ave. for 10 years.

Ritual will focus on Sicilian-style pizza, and will have a selection of wine, beer and cocktails.

Ritual’s Facebook page says it will be opening this fall. Pictures from the page also show a new mural with a bear being painted on the side of the building, as well as interior renovations with stripped tree trunks used as pillars.


Broadway Market

Two of the concepts inside the Golden Triangle food hall have closed shop. Broadway Market, located at 950 Broadway, still has several food concepts open in the food hall, as well as one retail shop.

Wonder Press, a Boulder-based juice company, closed in August.

Luna & Jasper, a women’s boutique clothing store, closed in the food hall earlier this summer. The company has a brick & mortar store in West Highland off 32nd Avenue.

Bayou Bob’s

Bayou Bob’s, a Cajun restaurant located near the 16th Street Mall closed, it’s doors at the end of August.

“We are old, tired and the fish are biting, so from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you,” read a post on Facebook about the restaurant’s closing.

The restaurant first opened in a food court off of Stout Street in 1986. Bayou Bob’s began offering full restaurant service in 1990. It relocated to 1635 Glenarm St. in 1995.


ChoLon Modern Asian

ChoLon is celebrating nine years in the Lower Downtown neighborhood this month. The restaurant is holding a special event to celebrate on Oct. 9 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $99 each. ChoLon is located at 1555 Blake St. on the 16th Street Mall.

The restaurant is also celebrating the opening of its second location, which will open its doors in November at 10195 E. 29th Drive in Stapleton.

Salvation Army Crossroads Resource Center

Officials with the city of Denver agreed to buy the Salvation Army’s Crossroads Resource Center for $10.5 million in August. The shelter is in the River North neighborhood and serves homeless men.

The Salvation Army will lease the building from the city for the next three years in order to continue providing shelter services. The building has enough room for 400 homeless each night.

The shelter, located at 1901 29th St., was built in 1993. City council adopted the resolution in early September and the deal was expected to close by the end of that month.

Housing, Shop Local, Denver, Development, Senior Housing, Restaurants, Small Business, Kailyn Lamb


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