Category Archives: Neighborhood

Campy Concept Next Step for Former Campus Lounge

Another restaurant group is going to try to make a go of it with the star crossed Campus Lounge. According to Westword and The Denver Post, the tavern will lose its old name based on legal requirements placed by the prior owners but the iconic neon sign may stay or be altered to accommodate the new bar/restaurant. Two failed attempts have been made to  resurrect the Campus Lounge since Jim Wiste retired in 2017. After a long closure and remodeling, restaurateur Dan Landis tried a hip metro bistro concept and it failed in 6 months. Next up, the Nickless family, with ties to the hospitality business, the local area and the University of Denver, tried to restore the old sports bar – family diner feel. That place was shuttered in less than a year. Continue reading Campy Concept Next Step for Former Campus Lounge

How Safe is the University of Denver Neighborhood this Year?

A construction boom, sky high home prices ($600k/avg.) and a relatively low unemployment rate (3.0%) mask many of the crimes that many of us never hear about unless we keep a keen eye on the news. Based on Spirling’s Best Places to Live, Denver proper is still the most dangerous major city in Colorado – yes, more than Aurora. On a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (High), Denver’s violent crimes are rated at 30.7 vs. a national average of 22.7 and property crimes are 50.8 in Denver – 15 points higher than the US average. Essentially, Denver is a large metropolitan area with all the associated big city problems.

What are we to think, especially residents of the University and University Park neighborhoods? Continue reading How Safe is the University of Denver Neighborhood this Year?

Reader Poll: Will In-N-Out Burger Change Your life?

They’re coming. The iconic California-based burger chain, In-N-Out Burger, will be building a distribution facility and office and breaking ground on restaurant sites along the front range. They are starting in Colorado Springs but have secured a restaurant site in nearby Park Meadows. Still, no sites on the drawing board for the Denver City limits – yet. But Colorado Boulevard and Broadway locations can’t be far behind, can they?

So, how will the In-N-Out Burgers entry into Colorado impact you? Participate in our poll below:

What do you think of In-N-Out Burger?

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Lights Out – Strike Three for the Campus Lounge

The new ‘old version’ of the Campus Lounge reopened in the fall of 2018. After a return to the original sports themed bar and restaurant, local patrons were greeted with a hastily written note on the front door – “Closed Until Further Notice.”

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The Bonnie Brae mainstay has now closed for a third time in three years after a long run under former DU hockey playing alum Jim Wiste, beginning in the 70’s. Continue reading Lights Out – Strike Three for the Campus Lounge

Three restaurants defy turbulent University Park changes

With all the changes taking place in the University Park neighborhood, on and off campus, we wanted to feature three long-standing restaurants that have survived the test of time. Two did it by hardly changing a thing. The other did it by changing to meet changing consumer tastes. The others? Well, they’re gone.

The retail restaurant business is already difficult enough without being near a college, in this case the University of Denver. With clientele turning over every four years and the bulk of classes on campus for only 30 out of 52 weeks, you have to be creative – and/or provide a rock solid offer. But, Mustard’s Last Stand, Jerusalem Restaurant and Spanky’s Roadhouse got there following different paths. Continue reading Three restaurants defy turbulent University Park changes

From Hops to Hookah – University Park going up in a puff of smoke

We recently reported about the closing of Fermaentra, a craft brewery located at 1715 East Evans Avenue – just west of the DU campus. At the time, it was thought that another microbrewery would occupy the space and replace the University of Denver’s only walkable microbrewery.

The cost of rent was cited by Westword as the cause for the closing of Fermaentra and a new brewpub was expected to come in its place. To our surprise, several days ago the building was transformed into the Art Hookah Lounge. Still, it is hard for many to believe that the new Art Hookah Lounge will generate much more traffic and business than its predecessor – but we could be wrong. Continue reading From Hops to Hookah – University Park going up in a puff of smoke