Department of Excise and Licenses

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Pepper Asian Bistro opening on East Colfax in the former China Star space

    "Thought this would be a good place to get chinese to nurse a killer hangover. It's dingy inside and the kind of place you think your missing cat would end up at...Do yourself a favor...and keep on walkin'." That sums up the sentiment of one Denver Yelper, who reviewed China Star, a homely joint at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Medical Marijuana: Denver Auditor to release city audit results this morning

    Fire up! Expect a packed house at 8 a.m. today, when Denver's Independent Audit Committee will be briefed on the "eagerly anticipated audit" of Denver's Medical Marijuana licensing and regulation process. For the audit, the Denver Auditor's Office assessed the policies and practices of the Departmen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Marijuana: Denver Department of Excise and Licenses gets spanked in audit of MMJ licensing

    The state medical marijuana licensing authority received a scolding from auditors in March and then again on Monday, and now it is Denver's turn to get spanked. The city auditor's office released a report this morning to Denver's Independent Audit Committee outlining numerous problems with the city' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Li's Asian Bistro, Okinawa Sushi go for liquor licenses today

    Later today we'll post our Restaurant Roll Call for May, a compendium of all the openings and closings in town over the past month -- and there have been plenty. But already, June is shaping up to be a very busy time for restaurants. Two new places have dates with the Department of Excise and Lice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    After two decades of being dormant, Little Pepinas will be resurrected as Kobe An Japanese Fondue

    We've written quite a bit about the demise of Denver's red-sauce joints, the old-school neighborhood restaurants that once formed the nucleus of northwest Denver, or, as some called it, Little Italy. After 66 years as the city's longest family-owned Italian restaurant, Pagliacci's shuttered last yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Spuntino will undergo a remodel, expand its menu and pursue a full liquor license

    In early February, Spuntino, the Highland restaurant and dessert palace overseen by betrothed couple John Broening (he's the chef) and Yasmin Lozada-Hissom (she's the pastry chef) will close for a week -- maybe two -- to undergo a major makeover, and when it reopens, guests will not only be treated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Rockbar's request for special event cabaret permits denied

    And the hits just keep coming for Rockbar, the hipster hangout that Jesse Morreale opened six years ago when he bought the All-Inn at 3105 East Colfax Avenue. Last week, the city denied Rockbar's request to renew its hotel and restaurant liquor license, but extended its temporary license until Nove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Rockbar files response to recommended denial of liquor-license renewal

    The deadline for comments on the suggested denial of Rockbar's liquor-license renewal -- issued ten days ago by hearing office William Hobbs -- was 5 p.m. today. For In the meantime, Jesse Morreale, the owner of Rockbar, has been busy, with staff and supporters exercising a "three-tiered outreach ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Justin Cucci opening Chain Lightning, a bar, restaurant and live music venue

    There's been buzz circulating for months that Justin Cucci, the owner/chef of Linger and Root Down (and, at some point, a second Root Down at DIA), had his clever hands in another project, and now we can confirm exactly what that is: Cucci will open a bar, restaurant and live music venue, currently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Cafe Max will open on East Colfax

    Balance, a former hair salon at 2412 East Colfax Avenue, has fallen by the wayside, but the space, the interior of which is bright purple and psychedelic green (at least for now), has been snapped by Maxwell Hopewell-Arizmendi and Yukihiko Koyama, who plan to open Cafe Max.

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Long Bar at Colorado Center applies for a liquor license

    The United Artists mega-movie house and Dave & Buster's, both anchor tenants at Colorado Center, the sprawling development at I-25 and South Colorado Boulevard, are getting a neighboring waterhole and restaurant.

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    El Flamingo Billar coming on South Sheridan

    An old pool hall on Sheridan Boulevard at Mississippi is showing signs of new life: Construction is under way at this colorful, decrepit arcade, and a sign posted in the window -- plus a liquor license application -- indicates the address is becoming El Flamingo Billar. Details are sparse, although ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Larimer Associates will open the Lowry Beer Garden in the new Hangar project

    Joe Vostrejs and his Larimer Associates partners traversed across the country to check out America's beer gardens before they came back to Denver to build their own -- and what they found, admits Vostrejs, was surprising.

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Cherry slated to go into former Bar Luxe space in Cherry Creek at 231 Milwaukee Street

    ​Earlier this year, Michael Olsen tried to open another version of Hush, the nightclub he used to have in the Larimer Square spot now occupied by Wicked Garden. He was met with some opposition from Cherry Creek residents, who opposed his plans to put a dance club in the basement of 250 Steele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Cherry slated to go into former Bar Luxe location

    Earlier this year, Michael Olsen tried to open another version of Hush, the nightclub he used to have in the Larimer Square spot now occupied by Wicked Garden, but Cherry Creek residents lined up in opposition to his plans to put a club in the basement of 250 Steele Street. But Olsen isn't giving ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Vietnam Grill goes for a liquor license

    ​Vietnam Grill has been slinging pho and spring rolls from its Federal Boulevard strip mall spot for a few years, but now the eatery is hoping to add alcoholic pairings to the menu. The restaurant just applied for its liquor license, and if all goes according to plan, it'll add beer, wine and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Brown Dog Pizza liquor-license hearing today

    Lori Midson​Brown Dog Pizza, an outfit out of Telluride, wants to put a pizzeria into a former auto-repair shop at 1001 South Gaylord Street -- and supporters and opponents alike have their engines running for today's liquor-license hearing. It's set for 6 p.m. at the Wellington E. Webb Munic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    After promising to never pour liquor, Zingers applies for a liquor license

    Lori Midson​A year ago this month, when I first spoke with Dennis Krieger, the owner of Zingers, a small-mall joint near the University of Denver that pushes chicken wings in a gazillion guises, along with chicken nuggets in a bag, chicken salad and a whole coop of other college-appropriate g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Wild Eggs pursues a liquor license

    Lori Midson​Wild Eggs, a Louisville, Kentucky-based mini-chain, is taking over a section of the square footage at 300 East Alameda Avenue, a space that most recently housed a Blockbuster Video -- and it's applying for a liquor license, because it sucks to eat eggs Benny without backing it up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Gordo Loco has a big burrito challenge -- and a bigger challenge getting a liquor license

    Gordo Loco's counter is sturdy enough to hold the five-pound El Diablo.​Gordo Loco is fast gaining a reputation for its fast, filling 98-cent breakfast burrito, which it starts making at 6 a.m. every morning. But Gordo Loco offers many other burritos, including the monstrous El Diablo that was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Hush could reopen in Cherry Creek -- but first it needs to survive today's liquor-license hearing

    Sign of the times: Liquor-license hearing notice for 250 Steele Street.​Restaurants have a tough time making a go of basement space, and the 250 Steele Street address has been a particularly black hole. Although Bistro Adde Brewster had a long run there, the spot has since swallowed up French ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Denver City Council committee moves forward with medical marijuana zoning proposal

    ​A revised version of a proposed Denver city ordinance that, according to attorney Warren Edson, would have closed 137 of Denver's 150 medical marijuana grow operations, and potentially dispensaries associated with them, passed through Denver City Council's Special Issues Committee this aftern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    After Denver rejects a liquor license for a new craft beer bar, the owners appeal to Governor Hickenlooper, brewer to brewer

    ​The owners of a proposed craft-beer bar along Seventh Avenue's restaurant row were shocked earlier this month when a hearing officer for the city of Denver's excise and license division suggested that their liquor license request be denied. "There was no public opposition from nearby restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Colorado Senator Chris Romer keeps pushing his Denver Cupcake Truck petition

    ​Colorado Senator Chris Romer, who's making a run for mayor now that Hick is the new guv, seems to be making cupcakes -- notably those from the Denver Cupcake Trucks -- one of his top priorities. Last week, we reported that Romer had splashed his official website with a plea to sign a petition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    Pasquini's goes for a cabaret license

    The Highland Pasquini's has become a neighborhood hangout. The Highland branch of Pasquini's, at 2400 West 32nd Avenue, is going for a cabaret license so that it can offer live music at the restaurant, which has become quite the hipster hangout as well as a major pizza purveyor. The hearing is at 9 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2009

    First look at the Snooze expansion

    Soon the lines will be forming outside of Snooze, the popular breakfast spot in the Ballpark neighborhood. So popular, in fact, that owner Jon Schlegel decided to create a second Snooze.  "I'd say that we're screening a lot of places right now," he told me a couple of months ago. He finally set ... More >>

  • News

    April 24, 2008

    Wheels of Fortune

    Steve Meyer wants to sell pedicabs to the world — but is the world willing to go along for the ride?

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2006

    Swapping Names

    Scottie Ewing is becoming a household name in Denver — particularly in southwest Denver. On Thursday night, KDVR Fox 31 News broadcast a story about continued neighborhood opposition to his proposed nightclub at 1395 West Alameda Avenue. Ewing first appeared in these pages in June, when "Swap ... More >>

  • News

    August 24, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of August 24, 2005

  • News

    August 17, 2006

    License to Chill

    More lofty ambitions from Scottie Ewing.

  • News

    January 5, 2006

    Homeless for the Holidays

    Give this guy the bum's rush.

  • News

    January 13, 2005

    Off Limits

    Out of the Box

  • News

    March 18, 2004

    The Long Drive

    ProTAXI could spell relief for Denver cabbies.

  • Music

    September 25, 2003

    The Beatdown

    Itís a jungle out there when youíre trying to open up a new club.

  • News

    July 17, 2003

    A Dog-Eat-Dog World

    The doggie daycare business is growing -- and growling over one competitor.

  • Music

    February 13, 2003


    The Skylark Lounge gets a green light on its move to a new nest.

  • Music

    December 5, 2002


    Scott Campbell moves down the road and away from the 15th Street Tavern.

  • Music

    December 13, 2001


    The City of Denver prepares to vote on a bill that affects all ages.

  • Music

    April 26, 2001


    The Denver music community unites, while Together Productionís rave efforts fall apart.

  • Music

    April 5, 2001


    Denver clubs face a fight for the ages.

  • News

    November 9, 2000

    Last Dance

    LoDo's only hip-hop club was hot. Too hot for the neighbors, who put a stop to F-Stop.

  • News

    September 30, 1999

    Party Central

    Neighbors have reservations about a rowdy hotel bar.

  • News

    September 16, 1999

    Battle of the Bulges

    Male strippers are the latest victims in the city's war on crack.

  • News

    July 1, 1999

    Begging for a Living

    U.S. Mission supports a network of professional beggars who go door-to-door to pay their rent.

  • Dining

    July 2, 1998
  • Dining

    June 11, 1998
  • News

    November 6, 1997

    Loft Horizon

    A pioneering urban couple battles to keep LoDo livable.

  • News

    April 18, 1996

    Cruising the Webb

    Even before he banged into a parked car, the mayor's stepson left an impression on others.

  • Dining

    February 23, 1994
  • Dining

    February 16, 1994
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