When Common Grounds opened at 3484 West 32nd Avenue back in 1992, this part of Highland was far from the hot restaurant neighborhood it is today. And by providing a place where neighbors could gather, with a welcoming atmosphere that drew people from across town, Common Grounds helped heat up the area. It's so hot today that the landlord recently raised the rent 40 percent -- which was too much for Common Grounds. After two decades, it poured its last cup in its original home on Monday; it will reopen next month in Sunnyside. See also: - Common Grounds will pour its last cup at the original West 32nd Avenue spot today - From A to Z, Alamo Drafthouse to Zanitas, Restaurant roll call for March - Battle of the dueling Cebiches is over, with LoHi the winner
The neighborhood is changing so much and I fear most of it will be for the worse. The list of places that are closing due to high rents:
Heidi's Common Grounds. Urbanistic Tea and Bike Shop Babareeba Indulgences Day Spa
Pretty soon we will be left with a Jimmy John's, a Tequila Bar and medical marijuana dispensary.
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What do you think of the changes in Highland? Along this stretch of West 32nd Avenue in particular? And watch for our Restaurant roll call for April, a compendium of openings and closings, on Cafe Society this morning.