Update below: Jesse Morreale has been spending a lot of time in meetings with the city recently, ever since the First Avenue Hotel, home of El Diablo and Sketch, was red-tagged on July 10. After a hearing before the Board of Appeals last week, he was able to reopen the two restaurants...but he still faces an October deadline to obtain official occupancy permits for the building.
In the meantime, another date with the city has been pushed back, again: the liquor-license renewal hearing for Rockbar.
That's the club that Morreale opened six years ago in the aging All-Inn Motel at 3015 East Colfax Avenue, which has become a real hipster hangout.
Originally, the renewal hearing for Rockbar's liquor license was set for August 8. But according to Tom Downey, head of the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses, a neighborhood association requested that the hearing be moved to the evening, so it was then set for 6:30 p.m. tonight.
But it turns out the notice wasn't posted on time, so today that hearing date was moved...for the third time. Here's the announcement from the city:
Pursuant to C.R.S. § 12-47302(1), the Department will hold a public hearing on Licensee's application for renewal of its liquor license. Evidence and testimony will be taken regarding whether "good cause" exists to deny Licensee's liquor license renewal application in accordance with C.R.S. § 12-47-103(9). Specifically, the Department has information that Licensee operated an outdoor patio in violation of its temporary modification permit issued in September 2011, and in violation of its February 2011 Stipulation regarding the suspension of its hotel and restaurant liquor license for the unlawful sale of an alcohol beverage to an underage person. The renewal hearing shall also apply to Licensee's City- issued dance cabaret license, pursuant to Section 32-20, es its dance cabaret license covers the same premises.
The hearing shell be Set for Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 6:00 p.m., at the Department of Excise and Licenses, Dept. 206, 201 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado.
The Licensee shall post a conspicuous notice of hearing on its licensed premises for a period of ten (10) days prior to the hearing. Licensee's hotel and restaurant iiquor license and dance cabaret license shall be temporarily extended past the current expiration date, pending the outcome of the renewal hearing.
Which means that Rockbar is now pouring...
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Update: After the notice was sent out, the planned hearing was discovered to conflict with a neighborhood association meeting. It will need to be rescheduled -- again. Stay tuned to Cafe Society for round four.