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Jesse Morreale

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Reader: El Diablo gets notice to vacate -- seriously, again?

    El Diablo has big plans for Cinco de Mayo, but it has another important date earlier in May: Yesterday the city again handed First Avenue Hotel owner Jesse Morreale with a notice to vacate the building by May 3. Morreale opened El Diablo with a temporary occupancy permit from the city in August 2010 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    First Avenue Hotel gets another notice to vacate -- but El Diablo, Sketch open for now

    Jesse Morreale was back at the Webb building this morning for yet another hearing involving his First Avenue Hotel, home to Sketch and El Diablo, winner of our Best New Bar in 2011 and a place that continues to pack in the crowds. The status of these spots, and the circa 1905 building that houses th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Judge grants restraining order; El Diablo and Sketch now open

    Update, 7:05 p.m., January 11: Attorneys for Morreale Hotels LLC filed a motion today in Denver District Court, asking a judge for a temporary restraining order against the City of Denver that would allow El Diablo and Sketch to reopen. And after a hearing that started at 2 p.m. today, the judge agr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Reader: Love or hate Jesse Morreale's First Avenue Hotel, but feel sorry for employees

    Last week, Patricia Calhoun wrote about the city's latest order to vacate directed at Jesse Morreale's First Avenue Hotel. Since then, readers have debated about the value of the hotel and the El Diablo restaurant associated with it -- but one commenter advises folks on either side of this argument ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Reader: Notice to vacate at El Diablo/Sketch puts 100 people out of work

    Six months after the city first slapped the First Avenue Hotel with notices to vacate because the structure was unsound, and five months after a Board of Appeals hearing determined that owner Jesse Morreale could reopen the two restaurants in the building -- Sketch and El Diablo -- while he worked o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Jesse Morreale's First Avenue Hotel slapped with notices to vacate...again

    Yes, that's the entrance to El Diablo, the restaurant in the big corner space of the old First Avenue Hotel building -- which was tagged, again, this morning with "Danger" signs and a notice to vacate...immediately. Two city officials, accompanied by a Denver police officer, posted the notices short ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    La Rumba celebrates its 15th anniversary with a weekend-long celebration that kicks off tonight

    Fifteen years ago, at the height of the swing craze, Jesse Morreale opened Ninth Avenue West at 9th and Acoma and brought in some of the top bands of the day, like the Royal Crown Revue and the Mighty Blue Kings. But around the turn of the century, as swing started to fade, he changed the name of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    City deadline for First Avenue Hotel has passed...but El Diablo, Sketch still open

    The October 31 deadline that the Denver Department of Community Planning and Development had given the First Avenue Hotel came and went -- without any new notices to vacate slapped on the building. On July 10 those notices, headlined with the word "Danger," as well as five different letters signed b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Jesse Morreale's First Avenue Hotel still faces an October 31 deadline

    Jesse Morreale has decided he can't fight city hall on two fronts. And so after last call on Saturday, he'll close Rockbar, the hipster hangout he opened six years ago. The other front? First Avenue Hotel at 101 Broadway, which could have a date with destiny next Thursday if the city holds to its mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Jesse Morreale's fight with the city doesn't end at Rockbar -- the First Avenue Hotel is next

    Jesse Morreale has decided he can't fight city hall on two fronts. And so after last call on Saturday, October 27, he'll close Rockbar, the hipster hangout he opened in the motel at 3015 East Colfax Avenue that he bought almost seven years ago; the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses declined t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Last call for Rockbar on Colfax this weekend

    It's the end of an era. This news coming on the heels of the Lancer Lounge closing, and word that Bender's Tavern and the hi-dive are changing hands: After this weekend, Rockbar is going dark. Spurred by the city's recent decision not to renew Rockbar's liquor license, which expired at the end of Au ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Rockbar will close this weekend after a goodbye bash

    Jesse Morreale has decided he can't fight city hall on two fronts. And so after last call on Saturday, October 27, he'll close Rockbar, the hipster hangout he opened in the All-Inn, the motel at 3015 East Colfax Avenue that he bought almost seven years ago. Earlier this month, Tom Downey, the dire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    City plans to extend deadline on First Avenue Hotel to October 31

    Today was the original deadline for Jesse Morreale to make required repairs to the First Avenue Hotel in order to keep it open -- a deadline set by the Board of Appeals on July 30, twenty days after the city had slapped the building with a notice to vacate, resulting in both El Diablo and Sketch clo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Jesse Morreale and the First Avenue Hotel have another date with the city

    Jesse Morreale has spent much of the summer in meetings with the city, which on July 10 slapped a "notice to vacate" on his First Avenue Hotel property - the circa 1906 building at 101 Broadway that holds Sketch and El Diablo, as well as Morreale's offices. And those meetings aren't over yet. Last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Rockbar liquor license renewal hearing tonight

    Jesse Morreale has spent much of the summer in meetings with the city, which on July 10 slapped a "notice to vacate" on his First Avenue Hotel - which holds Sketch and El Diablo, as well as Morreale's offices. And those meetings aren't over yet. But his next meeting with the city doesn't involve t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Reader: The city should pay for the damage done at El Diablo

    On July 10, the city red-tagged the First Avenue Hotel, ordering the building vacated -- and that meant that both El Diablo and Sketch had to close, at least temporarily. But after three weeks of fighting, owner Jesse Morreale managed to get a hearing yesterday morning before the Board of Appeals -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Jesse Morreale will reopen El Diablo, Sketch today after appeal victory

    After a three-and-a-half hour hearing yesterday before the Board of Appeals that considers objections to decisions by the city's planning department, Jesse Morreale got the okay to immediately reopen his First Avenue Hotel building -- which had been closed by the city three weeks ago, slapped with n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Jesse Morreale has a hearing on the First Avenue Hotel this morning

    Three weeks after the city red-tagged the First Avenue Hotel, home of El Diablo and Sketch, the building remains dark while owner Jesse Morreale tries to figure out why the city suddenly decided the 106-year-old structure presents such a safety threat. This morning's Board of Appeals hearing could b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Sketch reopens tonight and El Diablo reopens tomorrow after owner Jesse Morreale gets unanimous support from the Board of Appeals

    After three weeks of being on lock-down, thanks to the City of Denver, El Diablo and Sketch, Jesse Morreale's two restaurants housed in the First Avenue Hotel will reopen tomorrow after the Board of Appeals unanimously agreed this morning that the restaurants, which were red-tagged by the city early ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Jesse Morreale has a public hearing with the city on Monday

    More than two weeks after the city red-tagged the First Avenue Hotel, home of El Diablo and Sketch, the building remains dark -- while owner Jesse Morreale tries to convince the city that the 106-year-old structure where the restaurants opened two years ago under a temporary-occupancy permit is safe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Reader: Is the El Diablo story a trip to Imaginationland?

    The First Avenue Hotel saga continues, with El Diablo and Sketch remaining closed, and some of their specialties now served at Rockbar (above), also owned by Jesse Morreale. Much of the discussion concerns Morreale himself -- and how this story should be covered.

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    El Diablo and Sketch will remain closed this weekend

    Happy hour will not be very happy today at El Diablo and Sketch tonight. The restaurants remain closed, after the city slapped the building in which they're housed, the First Avenue Hotel, with a notice to vacate very early on Tuesday, July 10. According to the city, the structure is unsafe. Accordi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    The devil you say! City slaps El Diablo and Sketch with notice to vacate

    Danger. That's the sign on the door of Sketch, which is supposed to host an opening for a showing of 9News reporter Kirk Montgomery's photographs tonight. The sign -- as well as five different letters signed by Michael Roach, Building Official with Development Services in the Denver Department of Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    At one year, says owner Jesse Morreale, El Diablo ain't broke

    Mark Manger​Jesse Morreale and chef/partner Sean Yontz opened El Diablo, the Mexican restaurant that I review for this week's Westword, just shy of a year ago. And the crowds -- which made it nearly impossible to nab a bar seat that first week of business -- continue to pack the place. "Enou ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 9, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Tambien shutters in Cherry Creek

    ​Last night, after dinner service, Tambien, the irreverent Mexican cantina at 250 Steele Street, in Cherry Creek, has shuttered its doors. The lease on the subterranean taqueria, which opened in 2006 after owners Jesse Morreale and Sean Yontz closed Sketch at the same address and then later ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    After devilish delays, El Diablo opens to angels and demons on Friday

    Lori Midson ​Jesse Morreale takes me by the hand and leads me down a narrow passageway, past the rustic wooden tequila lockers and kaleidoscopic altar littered with white candles, and into the lantern-lit dining room of El Diablo, the new Mexican restaurant at First and Broadway that he and e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Jesse Morreale is back on track with El Diablo

    ​After an unexpected stay in the hospital -- he fell and cracked his head the weekend that the first big press on his latest restaurant, El Diablo, came out in the Denver Post four weeks ago -- Jesse Morreale is back on the phone. And on the job. And when I talked with Morreale today, he sai ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 6, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    Breaking News: Management change at Mezcal

    ​Last night was the sixth anniversary of Mezcal, the Mexican cantina and tequila bar at 3230 East Colfax Avenue that has played host to some of the best and some of the weirdest nights I have spent in the city over the past several years. Last night was also the night that Jesse Morreale and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    A quick sketch of Sketch

    I stopped by Sketch last night, the new wine bar in Jesse Morreale's project at the old First Avenue Hotel at First and Broadway. Technically, it doesn't officially debut until March 20 (and from then on, will be open from 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. seven days a week), but as people wandering around this incre ... More >>

  • Music

    January 8, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Mezcal cabaret application decision due soon

    After dueling meetings with business and neighborhood groups last week, Mezcal's application for a cabaret license went before a hearing officer with the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses on Monday. Supporters of the application -- which would allow owner Jesse Morreale to regularly feature l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Mezcal cabaret license hearing tonight

    Mezcal (3230 East Colfax Avenue) restaurant celebrated its fifth anniversary a few weeks ago and brought in a mariachi band as part of the festivities. Owner Jesse Morreale has been bringing live entertainment to the club for the past few years, mainly on special occasions, as the city allows him to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Two Mezcal meetings on live-music application

    Mezcal, which helped pave the way for much of the redevelopment along this stretch when it opened at 3230 East Colfax Avenue five years ago, isn't sitting still. Back in October, the restaurant applied for a "cabaret" addition to its liquor license, so that it could have live music on the ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 18, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    Happy fifth birthday to Mezcal, which will soon get a sibling

    A few days ago, we noticed the sign on Jesse Morreale's new hotel/retail/restaurant project at First and Broadway, which noted that a restaurant named Sketch would be going in. Sketch, of course, was the name of Morreale's short-lived concept at 250 Steele, in the space now occupied by Tambien. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Morreale heads back to the future with Sketch

    Over a year after he closed the well-reviewed but poorly performing Sketch Food & Wine in Cherry Creek, it looks like restaurateur/developer Jesse Morreale is reviving the concept -- or at least the name -- on Broadway. Morreale bought the historic, decrepit and partially vacant 1st Avenue Hotel bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    How much did Jesse Morreale pay for the 1st Ave Hotel building?

    The First Avenue Hotel in 1917. Denver restaurateur Jesse Morreale (Mezcal, Tambien, La Rumba, Rockbar) recently announced he was taking the next step in building the nascent hotel empire that started with the All-Inn at 3015 East Colfax Avenue by purchasing the historic/empty/decrepit 1st Avenue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008

    Jesse Morreale's fabulously retro vision for the 1st Avenue Hotel

    Morreale is feeling confident after his makeover of RockBar at the All-Inn. Remember a couple years back when Jesse Morreale, out for one of his morning constitutionals, just up and decided he was going to buy the aging transient hotel at 3105 East Colfax, so he walked into the All-Inn with a silv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2008
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    August 27, 2008
  • Dining

    December 20, 2007

    It's Time

    The little things will get you every time.

  • Dining

    July 19, 2007

    Fish Story

    Get fresh at Oceanaire.

  • News

    December 7, 2006

    Snow Blind

    Snow jobs were all over town last week.

  • Dining

    February 23, 2006
  • Dining

    February 9, 2006

    Going Underground

    Jesse Morreale's basement tapes.

  • Music

    December 16, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Losing Dimebag Darrell was never part of the Damageplan.

  • Music

    September 12, 2002

    Backwash

    If this summer’s concert season has an encore, we’d rather skip it.

  • Music

    August 9, 2001

    Backwash

    A lawsuit brought by nobody in particular presents could muddy the waters of the Clear Channel empire.

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