9) El Diablo and Sketch get slapped with "danger" signs from the City and County of Denver Oh, the woe. El Diablo and Sketch, the two restaurants that Jesse Morreale operates in the 106-year-old First Avenue Hotel on Broadway, were slapped with brothel-red signs last year, warning that the building was structurally unsafe for inhabitants. Morreale, who has gone back and forth with the city more times that we can count, eventually got a reprieve, and both restaurants reopened three weeks after the signs first went up. But the fight is far from over: Earlier this morning, "Danger" signs were again plastered on the building, warning, yet again, that the premises pose a structural threat. And while Morreale insisted that both restaurants would stay open — at least for today — a drive-by late this afternoon proved otherwise; the house was black. The saga continues.
8) Gabor's goes dark — and the neighborhood goes ballistic Exactly one year ago today, I broke the news that Gabor's, an iconic neighborhood watering hole that payed homage to Marilyn Monroe, music of every genre, the color red and stiff drinks, was shuttering after thirty years in Capitol Hill. And, OH, MY GOD, did the haters descend in droves when it was revealed that Sam Roots, the owner of the Providence Tavern in Edgewater, planned to make that bar his own, leaving the gritty remains of Gabor's in the dust. Since then, the bar has gone untouched — save for plenty of graffiti on the exterior — but Roots hasn't pulled the plug. Construction issues have led to numerous delays, but he has every intention of opening a new bar in that space — like it or not.