Openings and Closings

Len & Bill's Lounge goes dark after fifty years


Once of Denver's best dives, Len & Bill's Lounge at 2301 South Broadway, suddenly went dark two weeks ago -- after fifty years in business.

Jerry Morris, who owns the Dirty Duck Bar (4780 East Evans Avenue), says he considered buying Len & Bill's, but when he figured out how much it would cost to renovate the space into a more upscale pub, he decided to pass.

"You'd really have to upgrade this thing in order to condemn it," Morris jokes.

Now the space is going back to the landlord, Morris says, who will probably rent it as a store. "Hopefully not a marijuana store," he adds..

According to Morris, 85-year-old Leonard Sachs, who ran the place for the past fifty years, tended bar from 4 p.m. to closes most days.

He's earned his rest.

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Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword, where he's been the Clubs Editor since 2006.
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