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The Spicy Pickle Makes a Comeback in Downtown

The sandwich shop is returning from hibernation


Four years ago, the Colorado outposts of the Spicy Pickle called it quits. Soon the sandwich shop will return to Downtown Denver, BusinessDen reported. John Ward, an accountant who kept the books of the company for four years is resurrecting the eatery starting in a 2,000-square-foot space at 1875 Lawrence Street.

Along with Garth Moore, who purchased the Spicy Pickle last year, Ward plans to create an upscale sandwich experience where ingredients are of the highest quality. The goal of the budding business, which will operate under a franchise agreement, is to eventually have 10 locations in five years, with a focus on Colorado, Arizona and Texas.

On the first go-around, which was launched in 1999, Spicy Pickle operated as a sandwich-centric lunch spot led by Kevin Morrison and Tony Walker. The first location was at 10th and Lincoln. An expansion and public sale in 2007 took it into nine states. After Morrison (who owns Tacos Tequila Whiskey and the upcoming Fish 'n Chips) left the company in 2009, the business declined and in 2012 its assets were sold to a group that continued to operate it as a private entity. Right now, there are three Spicy Pickle outposts worldwide: one in Reno, another in Doha, Qatar and a third in Kuwait City.