Scott Bagus moved from musician to restaurant owner with the Curtis Club

Although musician Scott Bagus had long entertained the notion of running a neighborhood bar or lounge, owning a restaurant wasn't on his radar. But then he heard that the Old Curtis Street Bar was available. "Someone said they thought I might be good for doing a build-out and for being a partner," he recalls. "It ended up being me." And today he's the owner of The Curtis Club. See also: The Curtis Club opening a very hot time -- complete with firefighters!

To get the Curtis Club off the ground, Bagus relied on skills he'd learned on his "meandering path" of a career, skills in construction honed after a decade as a musician. With the help of friends, this longtime Colorado resident pulled off a knock-out renovation of the former dive bar, handling everything from design to plumbing to tables.

Even chef Eric Johnson, who left the Flagstaff House to join the project, got in the act. "[Eric] was on his hands and knees building the kitchen with me," recalled Bagus. "We saved a lot of money by scouring used restaurant-supply places. A lot of chefs wouldn't have had the patience or physical skills to do that."

Find out what all that hard work by Bagus and Johnson has created when my review of the Curtis Club is posted here tomorrow.

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Gretchen Kurtz has worked as a writer for 25 years; during that time she's stomped grapes in Napa, eaten b'stilla in Fez, and baked with Buddy Valastro, aka the Cake Boss. Her work has appeared in publications including Boulevard (Paris), Diversion, the New York Times and Westword. Our restaurant critic since 2012, she loves helping you decide where to eat and drink tonight.
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