BJ's Port was a classic Five Points dive, "a glorious little place at 28th and Welton streets that recalls the raucous, energetic organ-trio clubs of Jimmy Smith's prime -- right down to the barbecued ribs and collard greens on the menu," Bill Gallo wrote forWestword
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back in 2002. But BJ's closed several years ago, and after the death of the building's owner,
, Wallace Simpson Post 29 hoped to turn the space into an American Legion post, complete with bar.
But now that dream has gone dry: Last week, the post's application was denied by the Denver Department of Excise and License, because the building at 2801 Welton Street is too close to a school -- a zoning rule that didn't exist when the original bar opened decades ago.