Last night, RiNo’s embattled Cold Crush reopened its doors. It had been a turbulent eleven days for the live music venue, complete with a murder at its doorsteps, a police-mandated shutter, a meeting with city officials, and a rally from supporters. The bar and eatery was labeled a public nuisance by the Denver Police Department for the unlawful discharge of a firearm. That incident, which took place on Monday, October 10, killed local rapper Tyrone "Boss Goodie" Adair Jr. and injured one other person.
Following the shutter, the community rallied in support for the venue. Some 100 community members came together on Monday evening to gather video testimonials in support of re-opening the bar. On Wednesday, a meeting took place between Councilman Albus Brooks, a city attorney, a representative from the Denver Police Department, Cold Crush co-owner Brian Mathenge, and Andrew Feinstein, a co-chair of the RiNo Arts District.
It is that meeting that allowed Cold Crush to reopen last night with regular business hours.