Cafe Society

Rockbar liquor license renewal hearing tonight

Jesse Morreale has spent much of the summer in meetings with the city, which on July 10 slapped a "notice to vacate" on his First Avenue Hotel - which holds Sketch and El Diablo, as well as Morreale's offices. And those meetings aren't over yet.

But his next meeting with the city doesn't involve the First Avenue property. Instead, it's an unusual public hearing over the renewal of the liquor license for Rockbar, the club on the first floor of the All-Inn, the motel at 3015 East Colfax Avenue that Morreale bought six years ago.

Liquor licenses are usually renewed without much attention. But with Morreale and the city these days, nothing is business as usual.

The renewal hearing had originally been set for August 8, the day the license expired (it's since been temporarily extended), but was then moved to later in the month. And then it was moved again, to an evening slot, at the request of a neighbor, according to Tom Downey, director of the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.

That hearing will now begin at 6 p.m. tonight, September 19, in the Webb building at 201 West Colfax Avenue.


KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
Contact: Patricia Calhoun

Latest Stories