Openings and Closings

Jammin' Joe's BBQ dries up in the Whittier neighborhood

It was just over a year ago that Dina and Frank Berta closed Frank's Kitchen, the ten-seat spot in the Whittier neighborhood that they'd opened in May 2011. But the space at 2600 High Street was quickly transformed into Jammin' Joe's, a barbeque joint that expanded to two more locations -- one in Englewood, one in Wheat Ridge -- early this year. Despite the fact that Denver is hungry for barbecue, neither of those spots lasted long, and now the original Jammin' Joe's has closed, too. See also: Best Barbecue Restaurant 2014 -- Boney's BBQ

Joe Van Dyke, aka "Jammin' Joe," a blues guitarist and restaurateur from Virginia, had found an ad for the location on Craigslist, and decided it would be ideal for a barbecue joint.

But there were some drawbacks from the start: The space is small, and it had no liquor license. And now it's dried up altogether. The phone is disconnected, the website is up for sale and the space is for lease.


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