Rhythms opens in former Trail Dust location this weekend

After a thirty-year run, Denver's last Trail Dust Steak House closed on Christmas Eve of 2009. (The Trail Dust in Westminster had closed several years earlier, and the building it occupied just literally bit the dust.) Vicky Wagner, whose husband's family owns the space at 7101 South Clinton Street in Centennial, says that no one was eager to move into the space, so she took it over, and is now in the process of turning it into Rhythms Sports Bar & Grill.

"I knew exactly what I wanted to do in every area," she explains. "It was like, I want to make this area the green room. I want to make this area for pool tables, and then we can close it off for private parties. Where the rock wall is, I want to make a VIP bottle service area."

Rhythms celebrates its transformation from steak house into a night club and sports bar with a grand opening party on Friday, June 12. Big Black from MTV's Rob & Big will be signing autographs, and there's also a bikini contest with $500 up for grabs. DJ Vajra will be at the decks, and the party, which kicks off at 9 p.m., has a $10 cover.

For the last month, Wagner has had a crew completely overhauling the building, getting rid of the Trail Dust's country shtick -- and that included eliminating the huge slide in the middle of the place. "With the concept change, I was afraid to put people and alcohol both on that slide," she says. "I just didn't want the liability of that."

Instead, the front of the space will be a sports bar that will transition into a nightclub after 7 or 8 p.m. With that in mind, Wagner's putting in a professional sound system, stage and lighting, and plans to bring in a variety of bands on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as offering blues and jazz acts on Wednesdays and possibly Latin music on Sundays. Since the 16,000-square-foot venue can hold about a thousand people, Wagner might try to feature some national artists, too, she says.

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