Landis admitted that the new-age food concept did not meet the sports-centric demand offered by the former owner Jim Wiste, a former DU hockey all-American, who recently passed away.
Landis saved the iconic Campus Lounge neon sign and rebuilt the horseshoe bar which was a signature feature of the old campus lounge. The Campus Lounge 2.0 moved away from bar food, Mexican comfort food and television’s featuring Denver’s favorite sports teams to a hipster, new-age take on dining. The new concept fell flat in the Bonnie Brae neighborhood.
An honest appraisal to The Denver Post by Landis said it all, ““My intention with Campus Lounge was to save an iconic sign, but not the legacy of a great man (Jim Wiste). And he was a true Denver legend. … He built a bar that people love and I didn’t pay Jim’s legacy enough respect because, honestly, I’m not passionate about sports.”
Landis is going to sell the building which has been largely remodeled and updated inside. Obviously, no word yet on new buyers.