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Hart's Corner in Lakewood reopens with former owners

You can trace the history of Hart's Corner Bar & Restaurant through the black-and-white photos hanging on one wall of the building at 5201 West Mississippi Avenue. Hailed as the oldest business in Lakewood, it got its start as a root-beer stand during Prohibition, then became a small barbecue joint/gas station in the '30s, expanded in the '50s into a bigger restaurant, turned into a biker bar and, most recently, was a nightclub with DJs. A not very successful nightclub. That's why the Moutsos family, who bought the place from the Hart family back in 1978 (the Harts had owned it since 1924), have now taken it back from the couple who had been leasing it.

"We spent the last three months tenderly bringing this back to the way it was," says Nick Moutsos, who managed Hart's Corner from 1978 until 1980, when his brother Phil took over for a while, and will now be running it with his other brother, Paul, and their parents, M.E. and Georgette. "We're just bringing it back to what it was: a family gathering place, where families would come in with their kids and feel comfortable. And that's what it's going to be." They've put in new carpeting, added high-top tables by the front windows, and even installed the TouchTunes Virtuo, a state-of-the-art jukebox that's the first of its kind in Colorado. Mike Martinez, who was at Breakfast King for 22 years, has been hired as head cook to oversee a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu that includes omelets, Greek and Mexican food, burgers, salads, sandwiches and steaks.

Hart's held a grand reopening celebration on April 25, complete with ribbon-cutting. It's now open at 7 a.m. every day, and stays open until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, midnight Friday and Saturday.

Club scout: On Friday nights, Oak Tavern (1414 Market Street) is now hosting Shots! college nights, with $3 shots from 9 p.m. to midnight and manager's and food specials. A block away, at Suite Two Hundred (1427 Larimer Street), thirty girls will compete for Ms. Hooters Colorado on Thursday, April 28; doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30. Tickets, which are $15 for general admission and $30 VIP, are available at local Hooters locations. Suite Two Hundred will also host the Great American Model Search on Saturday, April 30, with ten models and a $1,000 grand prize.

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Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword, where he's been the Clubs Editor since 2006.
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