Curt and Pam Sims will open Cantina in the former Hive space
The building at 1109 Lincoln Street has gone through many incarnations since its days as the Denver Buffalo Company: Cielo, the Donkey Den, Left on Lincoln, Sutra and, most recently, the Hive. That dance club opened just last May, but it closed after a fatal shooting outside the bar last fall...and never reopened.
For a while, the owners of Stoney's Bar and Grill right next door were going to pick up the place and open a New Orleans-themed sports bar, Krewe, but that fell through. And now Curt Sims -- who's owned the building since its Buffalo Company Days -- has taken back the space, which is being renovated into Cantina, a Tex-Mex joint.
Instead, they decided to focus on Tex-Mex, because while Denver has plenty of Mexican restaurants, "We don't have true Tex-Mex here," she says.
Although originally the downtown Lime was slated to open in late 2012, the build-out of the raw space is taking longer than anticipated, Pam says; they're now estimating it will open in May. But Cantina is on the fast track: Watch for it to start pouring in March.
Get the Dining Newsletter
The week's top local food news and events, plus interviews with chefs and restaurant owners, dining tips, and a peek at our print review.