Things don't look too sweet at Sugar House these days. A broken window in front is covered with plywood and a card from the Denver Police Department dated February 16. The door is locked up tight. The voicemail box is full.
Both Sugar House, the swingers club that Scottie Ewing opened in this building at 1395 West Alameda Avenue in 2007, and Alameda Grille, the G-rated alter-ego weekday restaurant that opened in the space last summer, are closed, at least for now.
Ewing moved from Colorado late last year, several months after he made a splash with his allegations that Michael Hancock, then in the run-off for Denver mayor, had been a customer of Denver Players, the hip hooker service he'd d run. Ewing had sold that business and gone on to open first a swinger's club in northwest Denver, then Sugar House; he now has plans to open a new, improved Sugar House in Las Vegas.
But while he still owns the building at 1395 West Alameda property with partners (it was put on the market last year), he turned over Denver's Sugar House to Kelly Bailey, who'd been a manager there.
And it was Bailey who last month got a notice of a liquor-license violation -- allegedly for serving alcohol to a minor -- from the Denver Department of Excise and License, and has been summoned to a hearing to "show cause why the temporary permit to operate a hotel and restaurant class liquor license issued to Khameleon Group, LLC, doing business as Sugar House, 1395 West Alameda Avenue, Denver, Colorado, should not be suspended or revoked for alleged violations of the Colorado Liquor Code as stated in the February 2, 2012 Amended Order to Show Cause in this matter."
That hearing, originally slated for March 16, has been postponed because a witness (who appears to be the police cadet served in the underage sting) won't be available that day. But in the meantime, Sugar House/Alameda Grill is locked up tight.
Bailey has not responded to an e-mail asking if and when the spot will reopen.
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