March Business Matters

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Business Matters is a monthly column featuring business news in the Life on Capitol Hill and Washington Park Profile coverage areas, which is roughly central and central-south Denver.

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) approved Denver to participate in the 5 Star Certification Program in January, and businesses were permitted to apply for pre-certification in early February. What the Denver 5 Star Certification Program does is allow for businesses that are certified by the program to operate with expanded capacity. To learn more about the program, visit https://www.denver.org/5-star.

As businesses continue to weather the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado Community Media urges you to reach out to your favorite local businesses to find out their reopening status, or to check if they are operating differently upon reopening.

If you are a local business that would like to announce any updates to your operations, email Christy Steadman at csteadman@coloradocommunitymedia.com.

New openings

3 Kilts Tavern

After a number of months of delay because of COVID-19, 3 Kilts Tavern, an Irish restaurant, has opened in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

3 Kilts Tavern originally opened on 16th Street Mall in June and operated there for a few months. In late September, the restaurant announced on its Facebook page that it would be moving to Capitol Hill, 1076 N Ogden St. Its ribbon-cutting took place on Feb. 5.

The restaurant is open for ­limited dine-in and takeout. Learn more at www.3kiltstavern.com.

Five Points Atlas

A new newspaper called the Five Points Atlas launched in February to serve the Five Points neighborhood and Denver’s Black community.

“Often times the stories that matter to these communities are overlooked or written in a way that leaves a lot to be desired. … Five Points is still the center of the Black community in Colorado and the heart of Denver. We hope to write about what is overlooked and desired,” states the newspaper’s website.

The Five Points Atlas is the brainchild of Kwon Atlas, a Denver native who currently serves as a communications analyst in Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s office, according to Colorado Local News & Media, which is a weekly newsletter that covers Colorado’s media scene.

The Five Points Atlas is a monthly publication and is available in print — delivered free to Five Points residents — and online. The newspaper features business, arts-and-culture, political and general interest news stories. The first edition had a distribution of about 17,000 copies, states Colorado Local News & Media.

To learn more or read the Five Points Atlas, visit www.fivepointsatlas.com.

Perdida

A restaurant specializing in coastal Mexican cuisine has opened at 1066 S. Gaylord St. in Denver’s Washington Park neighborhood.

Called Perdida, it is a concept of the Gastamo Group, of which other Denver restaurants include Park Burger, Homegrown Tap & Dough and Birdcall. Perdida’s website names Chef Philippe Failyau as the mastermind of the menu, which includes “fresh Baja cuisine with a focus on wood-fired dishes,” states the website.

To learn more about Perdida, visit www.perdidakitchen.com.

Unofficial Translation

The restaurateurs behind the Speer neighborhood’s Beatrice & Woodsley; Capitol Hill’s Bang Up To The Elephant!; Two-fisted Mario’s Pizza and Double Daughter’s Salotto, both located at Market Center in LoDo, have opened a new delivery-only venture called Unofficial Translation.

Unofficial Translation opened on New Year’s Eve, and for its winter and first installment, which is being called Bad Luck Dragon vs. Bunny Chow, Unofficial Translation is offering a vegan and plant-based menu inspired by southern-region African and American-Asian cuisines.

“We’ve taken advantage of these unusual circumstances to explore some of the cuisines and cultures we’ve been so eager to immerse ourselves in — culinary, musically and technique-wise,” said co-owner Kevin Delk. “We’ve created a mash-up that celebrates the inspiring dishes and approaches from our favorite American-Asian take-out haunts, but then crashed them into our epicurean favorites from southern-region African nations.”

Delk added that a new menu — also entirely plant-based and inspired by regions from around the world — is being worked on for the second installment, which is expected to launch later in 2021.

Unofficial Translation is operating out of, and offering delivery from, Beatrice & Woodsley, 38 S. Broadway; and Bang Up To The Elephant!, 1310 N. Pearl St.

To learn more about Unofficial Translation, visit http://unofficialtranslation.com/.

Closings

Mulberries Cake Shop

Mulberries Cake Shop closed its East Colfax location at the end of February. However, the bakery will continue to operate from its Brighton location at 1020 E. Bridge St.

This news originally appeared in the Colfax Ave Business Improvement District newsletter.

To learn more about Mulberries Cake Shop, visit www.mulberriescakes.com.

Quixote’s True Blue

According to a Feb. 4 article in the Westword, Quixote’s True Blue, 2014 S. University Blvd., is closing.

COVID-19 restrictions is a reason for the closure, according to Westword.

The South University Boulevard location, which is just northeast of the University of Denver campus, is club owner Jay Bianchi’s sixth incarnation of the Grateful Dead-themed live music venue called Quixote’s True Blue. It opened in 2018. The first Quixote’s opened in 1996 on East Colfax in Aurora, and the venue made multiple moves to different locations in the city of Denver before opening at the location near DU.

A bar called the Gravel Pit is expected to open in the location. A website is set up for the Gravel Pit, but there are no details on what type of venue it will be.

The Westword article states that “while the sixth incarnation of Quixote’s is gone, Bianchi is not going to close the chapter on the name just yet. He says he’ll eventually look for a new home for Quixote’s, but he’s not rushing into anything right now.”

Changes/other

Sowilo Artisan Jewelry

Sowilo Artisan Jewelry is moving its showroom in the Platt Park neighborhood to a new location at 999 Vallejo St. It will be in Unit 3, Studio 4K of Prism, which is a large warehouse that hosts more than 60 artist studios. Prism is located just west of the Santa Fe Arts District in Denver’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Sowilo Artisan Jewelry offers hand-crafted silver jewelry, custom design, silver jewelry repair and stone cutting.

In addition to moving the showroom to Prism, Sowilo Artisan Jewelry has consolidated its production studio from two locations to a single space offsite, according to a news release.

“Sowilo Artisan Jewelry is committed to giving you a great jewelry-buying experience,” states a news release. “We appreciate all our customers and know you will enjoy seeing artists of all mediums in our new location.”

To learn more or shop online, visit https://sowiloartisanjewelry.com.

Milestones

Echinacea Montessori School

Echinacea Montessori School, 300 Elati St. in Denver’s Baker neighborhood, celebrated its one-year anniversary in February.

Classes started on March 1 last year, but the school closed two weeks later for the COVID-19 quarantine. It re-opened for in-person learning on June 1.

Echinacea Montessori School is a member of the national, nonprofit Wildflower Network of schools. The preschool works with the Denver Preschool Program for tuition assistance.

“Echinacea Montessori opened its doors two weeks before a global pandemic changed the way we all work and learn. We feel that our work with children is imperative, now more than ever,” said Sarah Johnson, a teacher leader at Echinacea Montessori who co-founded the school with fellow teacher leader Amanda Clarke. “As teachers, we are thankful to serve the Denver-metro community, partner with local businesses and guide children into an ever-changing world. It has been life-giving to watch the children learn, interact and show their resiliency over the past year.”

To learn more about Echinacea Montessori, visit www.echinaceamontessori.org.

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