Lots of LoDo clubs were doing the happy dance on Monday, celebrating the Rockies' opening day and what they hope marks the start of a big-league season -- at their businesses, if not at Coors Field. But Lotus (1701 Wynkoop Street) is saving its major-league celebration for Friday, April 8, when it marks its one-year anniversary with trance DJ George Acosta, followed by a Saturday-night fashion show by the Betsey Johnson boutique in Cherry Creek. The first hundred women who come out to celebrate Lotus's birthday will get the new Ladies VIP card, which entitles them to a free drink any night of the week at all four Francois Safieddine venues -- Mynt, Monarck (which won Best Mojitos in the Best of Denver 2005), Blue 67 (about to undergo an update) and Lotus.
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On the other side of the 124-year-old Union Station, Rox Infusion Lounge has hit the rocks, going the way of numerous clubs before it (Citrus, Larry Walker's, Flat Pennies and about a zillion others). But Lotus is going strong, which Lotus Entertainment's Paulina Szafranski credits to "creating a niche for upscale clientele on the Karma side, but also for the regular club-goer in the same space." Oh, yes, and Lotus has plenty of parking -- as well as its own bathrooms (rather than shared facilities with the Union Station waiting room) and that great outdoor patio on nice summer evenings. "All our venues have patios of some sort," she points out.
So did Rox, but that wasn't enough to prevent the club from shutting down the last Sunday in March. "Changing from Citrus to Rox," says former general manager Matthew Waters, "increasing the layout of the space and the mezzanine -- we did a lot of significant changes. Unfortunately, those were very large expenses -- a lot more than the owners at the time had expected to pay." As a result, Rox was always on shaky financial footing, and then, after the club sold, the new owner took a big financial hit over All-Star Weekend when the crowds failed to show and a promoter failed to pay. Now, while Waters ties up some loose ends, that owner is trying to decide what to do with the space -- maybe make it an even more upscale lounge, maybe turn it into a mid-level restaurant that would cater to families coming to the game. The only thing that's certain is that change is coming, and coming fast.
On Saturday, April 9, the city will hold a day-long "Denver Union Station Placemaking Workshop" at the LoDo Tattered Cover. Discussion -- with a special emphasis on patios -- will focus on the redevelopment of the area around Union Station, much of which will be redeveloped in conjunction with the FasTracks mass-transit system. All aboard!
The apartment building at 1057 Marion Street is now infamous as the hideout of Brent J. Brents -- a sad comedown for a place that once was owned by one of the city's best landlords, Louise Stevens. After she sold the building to SKH LLC in early 2004, tenants started moving out, and by early this year, the two-story, seven-unit building was almost empty -- enabling Brents to squat in one of the back apartments. That's where he assaulted building manager Tiffany Engle on February 18, when she stopped in to check on repairs. Engle is still in the hospital, and on Saturday, April 9, the Toad Tavern, at 5302 South Federal Circle, Littleton, will host a benefit to help Engle's family with medical bills. Chicago band Hello Dave headlines; tickets are $25. To purchase yours, call 303-321-5888 or visit www.toadtavern.com.