3 Kings Tavern owner Jim Norris had been dropping by Mutiny Now almost every week for seven years, trying to convince original owner Jack Jensen to sell it to him. On February 1, he finally sealed the deal.
Norris, along with business partners Joe Ramirez and Matt Megyesi, really began negotiating the purchase of Mutiny Now in December, when Jensen decided to focus full-time on his dog training and rescue business. Honoring Jensen's work and the spirit behind it, the three kept "Mutiny" in the name and will officially open Mutiny Information Cafe today, March 1.
"It was kind of a pipe dream," Norris explains. "I wanted a place were everyone could come, a community space."
At first glance, Mutiny Information Cafe may seem not all that different from Mutiny Now! But there are two notable physical changes: a 25-seat bar along the front window, and a listening booth. The place is also now serving Pablo's coffee.
"All of us agreed it was the best coffee in Denver," Ramirez says. "And we wanted to support the local scene."
For now, Mutiny Information Cafe will be open until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The hope is to be open round-the-clock this summer, when the cafe will also host live music, poetry readings and comedy acts. This weekend's lineup includes Onus Spears and Muno Wahab on Friday and Luke Schmaltz of King Rat Saturday.
To add to the thousands of used books that already lined Mutiny's shelves, the team has brought in works from local authors Dave Paco, Mario Acevedo and Phil Goldstein. Another change is the addition of graphic novels and vintage collection comics.
Mutiny Information Cafe also has some rare collectible items for sale, including a first edition of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, a signed Clive Barker graphic novel, a band copy of Jimi Hendrix's Ladyland and an out-of-print Dead Kennedy's Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables.
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Other features include the Ripley's Believe it or Not pinball machine and a ghost. Rumor has it that the space, which was originally a pharmacy, is haunted by the ghost of "Doc," its first owner, who died onsite.
"Supposedly he still hangs out here," Ramirez says.