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Forty Year Old Campus Lounge Shutters

The Bonnie Brae institution finally calls it quits


After four decades of pouring drinks and building community, The Campus Lounge, will close its doors, The Denver Post reported. The last day of service for the Bonnie Brae staple owned by Jim Wiste is Sunday, September 25. "After 40 years, I want to do other things, like travel," Wiste told the Post. "I want it to be under my terms and be the customer now."

After a remodel, a new bar with a new name and new owners will emerge at the corner of South University Boulevard and East Exposition Avenue later this year.

This closure isn't necessarily a sign of the times or an indication of a tipping point in Denver dining where too many restaurants and bars opened and now some need to close. Rather, it is much more of a generational change where an establishment that lived in a neighborhood for many years is fresh out of a willing operator as its original one no longer can or wants to go on. A similar situation occurred at Patsy's Inn the North Denver red sauce classic that shuttered in August.

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