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The Italian wine bar and restaurant opened its second location on Broadway at the end of October. Postino Winecafe, 145 Broadway, took the place of Compound Basix, a gay bar that closed last year.
The Broadway building was built in 1895.
Postino’s first Colorado location opened in the Lower Highlands. The restaurant is also set to open a third spot in the Ninth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard development that is under construction and set to open in next year.
The restaurant is based in Phoenix and also has locations in Texas.
Toro Latin Kitchen and Lounge
A Latin-Asian fusion restaurant with locations around the world is coming to Cherry Creek this coming spring. Toro Latin Kitchen and Lounge will open in the JW Marriott, 150 Clayton Lane.
The restaurant is replacing Social Fare, which closed in November. Social Fare was open for two years in the hotel.
Toro is owned by Richard Sandoval, who operates 45 restaurants around the world, including four in Colorado. Tamayo and La Sandia are his two Denver restaurants.
Good River Beer
The brewery opened its new taproom in Baker last month. Good River Beer opened in the Yard at Santa Fe development, 928 W. First Ave.
The brewery, which previously only distributed its cans throughout Colorado, also runs a nonprofit called 2% For Rivers. The proceeds of the company’s profits go toward environmental charities.
Good River merged with Renegade Brewing last spring. Renegade also has its brewery and taproom in the Yard at Santa Fe. Good River’s taproom has 22 taps, which includes its four staples and some experimental beers. The taproom will also offer guest beers.
The longtime bar in Bonnie Brae has once again been scooped up by new owners. This time, instead of sticking with the sports bar mainstay, the new owners are shaking it up in favor of outdoor décor and a summer camp feel.
The team behind Recess Beer Garden in the Lower Highlands are the new owners of Campus Lounge. According to The Denver Post, the new owners cannot keep the Campus Lounge name because of legal reasons. A new name has not been decided yet, but the large neon sign will stay on the bar.
The 40-year-old bar and restaurant has changed hands several times in the last few years. Longtime owner Jim Wiste retired in 2017, and passed away in 2018.
For more information on the history of the Campus Lounge, read our story at https://washparkprofile.com/stories/carrying-on-a-legacy,274011.
The Austin, Texas-based taco chain opened its fourth Denver location off of East Hampden Avenue last month. The Hampden location of Torchy’s will have a pick-up window for to-go orders. The business is located at 6325 E. Hampden Ave.
Another fitness chain is opening in Cherry Creek. Barry’s Bootcamp will open at 260 N. Josephine St. in mid-2020. Barry’s is based out of Los Angeles. This will be the first location in Colorado for the gym.
Wash Bark and Lil’ Angel Pet Boutique
The two Washington Park pet retailers closed their doors near the end of the year. Both businesses were located on South Gaylord Street.
Lil’ Angel closed on Oct. 31, according to a sign on its door. It was located at 1014 S. Gaylord St., and had been open for 12 years according to the sign.
Wash Bark, located at 1058 S. Gaylord St., closed last month. The business was a day care and spa for dogs and opened in 2016.
Old Glory Antiques
Old Glory Antiques has moved two blocks north, from 1930 S. Broadway to 1760 S. Broadway. Old Glory will be taking the space that used to have Scandinavian Antiques.
Old Glory was in its last location for four years, said Genna Clark Morrow in an email. She added that the Scandinavian Antiques location was three times larger than the old store.
Old Glory Antiques opened in its new location in November.
Meier Skis moved from 970 Yuma St. to 1775 S. Broadway. The business reopened in August. The business makes custom skis from Colorado aspens and beetle kill pine trees. Meier also offers tune-ups and repairs on skis and snowboards of all brands.
Meier originally opened in Glenwood Springs, but moved to Denver in 2016.
The Broadway shop was formerly home to BoardLife, a skateboard shop that closed earlier this year.
Steam Espresso Bar
The Platt Park coffee shop is opening a second location in the Lower Highlands. Steam Espresso Bar will open in a former fire station at 3600 N. Tejon St. by the end of next year.
The shop owners are working on restoring and renovating the space at the fire station. The building was designated a historic landmark in 1995.
Steam Espresso Bar first opened at 1801 S. Pearl St. in 2013.
Cherry Creek Shopping Center
Jeramy Burkinshaw has been named the new general manager of the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. He started on Nov. 1.
Burkinshaw replaced Nick LeMasters, who became the CEO of the Cherry Creek North Shopping District last month.
The mall’s general manager oversees operations, retailer and community relations and marketing.
Burkinshaw has been an executive with Taubman Centers, which owns and runs the mall, for the last eight years. He joins the staff at Cherry Creek from the University Town Center in Sarasota, Florida.
Centered & Strong
Centered & Strong, a fitness retail store, moved from one shop to another on South Gaylord Street.
The business moved on Oct. 29 from 1021 S. Gaylord St. to 1025 S. Gaylord St.
The new shop is twice the size of the original location.
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