Archive for June, 2009
ESPN Zone Closes Posted by
After almost 8 years at the Tabor Center the ESPN Zone in Downtown Denver quietly closed its doors on Monday. Rumors had been circulating for months and hit a fevered pitch over the weekend. As was my position on the demise of the Virgin Megastore at the Denver Pavilions, I see this as a positive development for retail in Downtown Denver in the long run. It will not be a slam dunk in re-leasing 24,000 square feet of second floor retail space but it does overlook the 16th Street Mall and opportunities like this rarely present themselves. I contend that this is yet another example of an outdated retail concept ”dying” and in its place new opportunities can be realized.
Given the economy I would be surprised if one tenant took the entire space so I am very excited by the possibility of two or even three new retailers taking over that space. Restaurants seem to gravitate towards Tabor Center - Ling & Louie’s and today’s announcement of the Tilted Kilt - so it is likely that we will see new restaurant/bar/entertainment offerings in the last of the ground floor retail space and on the second floor. I think it would be great if they could carve out balconies that overlook the Mall just as they do on the third floor where Colorado Athletic Club is going in. I feel for the employees who lost their jobs and wish them luck in finding new positions.
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Ink! Coffee Opens Posted by
Ink! Coffee at the Sage Building on the 16th St. Mall opened today. I first posted about it at the end of April. I am pleased to see another one of the retail spots for the building open and generating activity for that part of the Mall.
I also think it is great that Ink! is offering more than coffee at this location. They also feature breakfast melts, gourmet sandwiches and fresh salads. All of their coffee is roasted outside of Aspen and delivered fresh daily to their 8 locations - 4 of which are in Downtown Denver. There was a story in the Denver Post today in which Elizabeth Aguilera reveals that Ink’s owner, Keith Herbert, started out as a small coffee push cart in Aspen. I plan on checking it out later this week.
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La Piazza Dell’Arte 2009 Posted by
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Tony’s Market Opens Posted by
Tony’s Market at 950 Broadway in the Golden Triangle opened their doors over Memorial Day weekend. We checked it out last Tuesday night to grab something for dinner. I first posted about Tony’s last July and again in April. Usually I would not say anything about parking because I do not think of it being an issue living in Downtown Denver - you just adapt. In the case of Tony’s I will have to admit that having the parking lot right next door was very welcome during rush hour on Broadway - they have 90 spaces in a two level ramped parking lot. This will make stopping by on the way home very convenient.
From the moment we stepped in I was thrilled; the space felt warm, inviting and cozy. Even though they just opened it felt like they had been there for years. Everything I saw looked fresh and delicious from the bakery cases to produce to their fresh cuts of meat and the seafood selections. They have an entire quiche section and have many prepared meal options which you can just grab and bake at home. Additionally they have fresh flowers and pre-made floral arrangements available as well.
All of the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable and there were many items put out for sampling. We decided on rib eye steaks, twice baked potatoes, French cut carrots and red velvet cupcakes for dessert - everything was delicious. Adjacent to the main market area there is a sit down bistro where you can order entrees and enjoy wine by the glass. This is such a great much needed amenity for this part of Downtown - I highly recommend checking it out.
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Four Seasons Tour Posted by
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