After the Portulaca Cafe, a decades-old Slavic speakeasy in Globeville, closed in 2008, the White Owl moved in and transformed the space into a cozy dive bar. In 2011, metal artist Shane Evans took it a step further, dubbing the spot Crash 45 and making such improvements as expanding the patio, adding a room for music and DJs, fitting the space with his own works made from vintage motorcycle parts, recycled objects, discarded bicycles and old truck bodies, and putting a real chef in the kitchen.
It was fun while it lasted -- but Crash 45 is closing this weekend. See also: The Sidewinder Tavern Is for Sale, Faces an Uncertain Future
Last month the nearby Sidewinder Tavern went on the market, and earlier this week Evans announced on Faceook that Crash 45's days were numbered: "The support for this little dive bar in the middle of nowhere has been incredible, and I thank each and every person who ever stepped foot through its doors."
Crash 45 will remain open through Saturday night and host one final goodbye bash on New Year's Eve. Here's the full announcement:
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Crash 45 will be closing its doors after almost 4 awesome years. Sorry for the short notice but hope everyone can come down in the next few days and say their goodbyes. The support for this little dive bar in the middle of nowhere has been incredible, and I thank each and every person who ever stepped foot through its doors.
Wednesday we say goodbye to the scooter dudes who have made every Wednesday awesome for 3 years.
Thursday is for all our first Thursday Motorcycle crew who won't get to see anymore first Thursday motorcycle nights.
Friday we invite everyone who is not into dance music to come say goodbye and join us in a White Elephant gift exchange.
Saturday we end our run with some deep house music and bid farewell to all our Loyal Burnie friends.
Saturday is our official last night of Crash 45, but we will be having a very, very last party on NYE but will be closed until the 31st. Hope everyone can come by and say goodbye. I will miss this place dearly.....Shane