Soccer fans were dealt a blow this week as The Three Lions, an English-style pub at 2239 East Colfax Avenue, closed. The pub was known for televising English Premier League matches, often opening in the morning for televised soccer because of the time difference between Denver and the U.K.
The Three Lions is owned by Little Pub Company, which operates many bars and pubs across metro Denver, including the British Bulldog at 2052 Stout Street, another favorite of footie fanatics. While Three Lions won't be returning, Little Pub Co. plans to open a new concept in the space.
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Mark Berzins, founder of the company, says the pub is being remodeled and will reopen as Colfax Sports & Brew in a few weeks. Berzins explains that the company "could not make the space cash-flow with the (predominantly) early-day soccer crowd," and that he "appreciated the great, loyal fans of the pub, but just could not find our way into the black with any regularity."
Colfax Sports & Brew will offer a wider range of televised events to add broader appeal to sports fans in general.
Berzins began his career in bar ownership with Spot Bar & Grill at 98 South Pennsylvania Street, which opened in the early 1990s, and has since added more than twenty establishments to the Little Pub portfolio. Other recent changes include moving the Hound from its original home at 575 St. Paul Street in Cherry Creek North to 3575 South Yosemite Street, which was formerly CityPub & Burger.