Cafe Society

Reader: People of CapHill, stand up and revolt over Lancer Lounge closing!

Rebecca Conda has owned the Lancer Lounge since 1999 -- -- but she doesn't own the building that houses what she readily admits is a "dive." Even so, she poured $100,000 into fixing up the joint last year, building new bathrooms and even putting a big window in front. But the project was worth it, she said; after all, she'd just signed a new lease, and her place wasn't going to disappear anytime soon. "Not for a minute," Conda told us.

That minute will be up at 2 p.m. today. The Lancer has been evicted, and will lock the doors then -- unless the landlord considers the crowd that's been packing the place since the news broke yesterday, looks at that window and sees the light. See also: - Slide show: Lancer Lounge's last night - Lancer Lounge gets evicted and will close tomorrow at 2 p.m. - The Lancer Lounge gets up to code -- and even gets a new window. - Drunk of the Week: Lancer Lounge

Oh, and he might want to listen to some of the comments coming in. People across town are outraged to see Denver lose another classic watering hole. Says Genericdenver:

This is so fuc-ed up, I swear that soon Denver will be awash in generic chain bars and restaurants everywhere with no character at the rate that every institution in Denver is closing. RIP Lancer Lounge!

Adds ThisIsBS:

There has to be some way to fix this. Screw that property management company. People of CapHill, it's time to stand up and revolt!

With the closing of the Lancer Lounge today, are there any other true dives left in town? Post your favorites below -- but first, look at our slide show of the Lancer Lounge's last night.


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