Those who have been to the Rayback Collective in Boulder will recognize the concept: Justin Riley and Hank Grant are the founders behind both, and with Improper City, they've stuck fairly close to their original model, only on a larger scale. Inside, there's a 75-foot bar backed by a row of 36 beer and cider taps (with an additional eight handles for batched cocktails and four for wine), widely spaced tables and seating areas, a stage for live entertainment, private areas for gatherings and meetings, a mezzanine built for up to 75 people and a coffee bar to fuel things during the day.
Designed by Oz Architecture and built by PG Arnold Construction, Improper City incorporates elements like wood-and-steel tables by Wheelhouse Design that were manufactured by Holtz Custom Wood & Metal. Riley and Grant's reliance on local businesses — some within view of Improper City — show a dedication to Colorado entrepreneurs. Most of the beers and other beverages will also be Colorado-sourced, though Riley points out that they look for quality products from outside the state too.
Because the project is so big, Riley says it will also function as a community gathering place, with smaller areas that can be rented for private events or with the entire space available for buyouts. A stage area, backed by a floor-to-ceiling mural, has been wired for sound and will host music, comedy and other entertainment.
The RiNo Art District's logo depicts a rhinoceros with a small bird on its back. Improper City chose the bird, rather than the rhino, as its mascot, so you'll see avian imagery throughout the space, including on the sign out front and in the bird tracks that wend their way across the balcony rail on the second floor. Riley explains that the bird and the rhino have a symbiotic relationship, so he wanted to give the smaller animal its due.
The grand opening takes place on July 13, and then Improper City will be open from 7 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Visit the venue's website for more details.