The two corner restaurant spaces at 15th and Arapahoe streets seem to have revolving doors — at least when it comes to establishments serving food. Less than a year has passed since Cool River Cafe moved in at 1480 Arapahoe Street and III Forks Steakhouse took over the spot next door, at 1040 15th Street, and already the doors are turning again. The Cool River sign is gone, and a banner is up announcing the arrival of Brook's Original BBQ.
While III Forks is still open next door, both spaces have seen numerous changes over the years. Before Cool River and III Forks, the corner was home to Reunion Gastropub and Viand, neither of which lasted very long. Before that, Le Chateau/La Fondue served as downtown's fondue destination in the Viand spot.
Next door to La Fondue, since the 1990s a series of steakhouses have come and gone, including Prime, Hickory Prime and Gallagher's. Between the two addresses, meat has always been the main draw (if there ever was a draw) — and that looks to continue with Brook's.
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Cool River, part of a national restaurant group, was at one time a DTC hot spot at 8000 East Belleview Avenue, but that location closed last summer. III Forks is also a national chain, with nine other outposts in Texas and several other states.
The former Cool River space is now serving barbecue.