Back when Mary and Lisa Rogers openedCommon Grounds
in 1992, the coffeehouse at 3484 West 32nd Avenue was an alternative to the Denver bar scene, with a live-music stage -- and coffee for 75 cents a cup. And Highland was far from the hot spot it is today.
Today the area is so hot, in fact, that the landlord raised the rent 40 percent, which prompted the Rogers family to decide it's time to move on. And at 11 p.m. today, they'll pour the last cup of coffee at the original Common Grounds, then close the doors there for good.
But Common Grounds isn't drying up altogether; it's moving to the building at 2139 West 44th Avenue where the family has been roasting coffee for the past six years. The new Common Grounds should be open in the next month or so; in the meantime, you can always stop by the LoDo Common Grounds, which opened in 1999 and is now in its second location at 1550 17th Street.
As for the original home of Common Grounds, it's slated to become an Ink! coffee outpost this summer.
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