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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Mark MangerJesse 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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