Nigg has already built a bar in the space and added a patio; he's now working on a new sound system. That system should get its first workout on Thursday, September 5, when the Monkey Barrel will host a show with the Living Deads.
Another hot neighborhood, South Broadway, will get an unusual addition this fall when Jonathan Bitz opens Syntax: Physic Opera, a music venue, eatery and art bar, in the former home of the Bar (and the Atrium before that) at 554 South Broadway. Bitz, who'd been the booker at the Meadowlark and loves the supper-club concept, plans to host jazz acts early in the evening and have other programming later in the night.
And the food? Bitz, who's been working on a novel about the first seven days of Denver, plans to offer small plates that play off what was being eaten in Denver during the mid-nineteenth century. "An experience is what I want folks to have," he explains, "a full head and heart, not a bloated gut."
As Bitz tells Solomon, "I'm really passionate about that time period, so that's what we're kind of riffing off of at the base entirely. Physic Opera is sort of a Latin phrase that the insiders would call a 'medicine show.' The idea is that is a medicine show -- that everything is medicine, from the food to the drinks to the art to the music to the conversation, hopefully."
But first, he'll update the space, building a new bar and renovating the stage and bathrooms. Look for Syntax: Physic Opera to open in November.