After Brian Haddad and David Weiss bought The Border, a University of Denver hangout for more than three decades, they didn't waste any time. They closed the deal on a Friday in late January, brought in a lot of people to clean the joint over the weekend, and had all new vendors and everything else in place in time to open the doors at 2014 South University Boulevard the following Tuesday.
The Border had been closed since November, when its liquor license was suspended because the bar had been caught serving an underage drinker in July -- its fourth official under-age violation since February 2006.
From the start, the new owners knew they had to put a stop to underage drinking: "We have the systems in place to limit that," Haddad says.
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But they're going to build on other traditions at the 32-year-old watering hole. "The bar has always been a staple for the DU students, alumni, grad students, and we definitely want to keep that history," Haddad continues. "But at the same time, we're also looking to build on what they didn't do before. We have amazing food right now, and we have one of the most aggressive and customer-friendly happy hours."
Those happy hours, which run from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, include $2 domestic drafts, $6 pitchers, $2 wells and wines and a $3 appetizer menu. The regular menu features more than twenty burgers, including the Pioneer Challenge: a three-pound beast made with nine 1/3-pound patties, nine pieces of cheese, lettuce, tomato, coleslaw and fries. If you can eat the whole thing in less than twenty minutes, it's free -- and you get your name and picture on the wall.
So far, no one has been able to put the whole thing down.
Time to make a run for the Border!