Gary Lee is still weeks away from his liquor-license hearing with the city, but he's already retooled his plans to cool neighborhood opposition, as Laura Shunk reports in this update on Gary Lee's Motor Club and Grub.
The ongoing fight -- coming right on the heels of all the barking over Brown Dog Pizza going into East Washington Park -- prompted this response from barslinger:
Hopefully he won't be handcuffed with an agreement like the one Brown Dog pizza succumbed to. That was tragic they felt forced to do that.........there is a better way to operate your business and still be a good neighbor. Especially letting the neighborhood have the approval of who they may sell the business to in the future. can you image that happening in a residential transaction???
The news that Gary Lee has ditched his motorcycle parking to please the West Wash Park neighborhood group won't please some potential patrons, including BreeTalon, who'd just posted this comment on the original story describing his plans:
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Like most motorcycle riders in Denver, I have the option when going out of what to drive or ride. High gas prices and limited parking (and the sheer joy of riding) often prompt me to take the bike or the scooter instead of the truck on warmer evenings. An establishment that offers motorcycle parking sounds inviting, and I would encourage my friends to think green, save gas and ride as well. Gary Lee's is also offering food and entertainment, something that appeals to those of us who are looking for more than drinks. Not every bar patron goes out to get "rowdy."
Hey,sporobolus :Why shouldn't you trust Gary Lee? In America we're given a chance to show our merit before being judged. In a crappy economy, I would think that residents would welcome new businesses in their neighborhood, and it sounds like most do. Gary Lee is a passionate and hard-working individual who intends to revitalize a dilapidated space and turn it into a viable business. I live in LoDo, and enjoy going out in the Baker neighborhood and on South Broadway. LoDo is loud and crazy, but I choose to live here because I enjoy the dynamic environment and proximity to shops and restaurants. In fact, those are the reasons I live in the city of Denver. Dealing with parking is, I agree, and issue. Exactly why, when I have the chance, I choose to ride and will spend my money at places that welcome me.
You can read all the comments on that original Gary Lee post here.