Owner Scott Spears says that School House will be thanking the Arvada Fire Department, which kept the fire from destroying the entire building — an actual schoolhouse built in 1882 — by donating 10 percent of all sales through April 20 to the Friends of Arvada Fire.
Although insurance covered some employee wages, Spears also sold T-shirts to raise additional funds to keep employees paid. Other fundraisers were held by neighboring businesses and vendors, and as of today, all but three of School House's 75 employees have stayed on board.
Kitchen and bar staff used the time off to come up with new food and drink offerings that will be added to the menu this week; a new "whiskey encyclopedia" will help patrons navigate the ins and outs of the
bar's extensive list of whiskeys, which numbers more than 1,100. The collection prompted Spears to create the "whiskey fire drill" graphic (below) that went on the fundraiser T-shirts.