Art Cormier's name has popped up plenty of times in Westword over the years. Take this 2005 piece about the Regency Hotel, a once-elegant joint turned into a nexus for neighborhood complaints under Cormier's ownership.
Now, shortly after controversy enveloped Amazing Jake's funplex, a Cormier property in Aurora, he's got more troubles. Mr. Biggs, a popular teen hangout and bowling alley in unincorporated Jefferson County, was recently cited by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department for what spokesman Mark Techmeyer describes as an aborted fashion show featuring topless models, some under the legal drinking age.
Back on December 18, Techmeyer says, "deputies were doing a normal, routine bar check and discovered there was a fashion show getting ready to take place there -- that's what they were referring to it as. But the models were in a state of partial undress, and they were using latex paint to cover their breasts, which was against county ordinances for their establishment and location" -- a space at roughly a midpoint between Chatfield High School and Columbine High School (and mere blocks from Ute Meadows Elementary School).
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It's Techmeyer's understanding that the fashion show didn't actually take place. Nonetheless, Mr. Biggs was cited for a liquor violation and for what he describes as "nudity in the area where they were, which was too close to a school."
Formal charges against Cormier were passed along more recently owing to medical issues. In an interview with the Columbine Courier newspaper, Courmier says he spent approximately six weeks in the hospital, three of them in a medically induced coma, due to an infection he contracted following an emergency tracheotomy. "I've been asleep all this time," Cormier told the Courier.
I'ts clearly time to wake up. A liquor-license hearing is slated to take place on February 4, with another court date on the docket for Cormier and business manager Larry Crook on March 9. That doesn't sound like kid's stuff -- but then again, neither did the fashion show.