Two years ago, Denver-based entrepreneurs Jeremy Law and David Wilkins were planning on growing a tea empire with 30 shops around Colorado and the country. By late last month, their first two Platform T locations closed in Denver. No word yet from the owners on any future plans for retail stores, online sales, or wholesale operation.
Platform T originally opened in the Baker neighborhood in December 2015 at First Avenue and Lincoln Street. Shortly after, it expanded to Glendale, at 682 South Colorado Boulevard in the CitySet Cherry Creek shops. Initial reviews were promising, with mentions in 5280 magazine and Westword’s “Best of Denver.” The shop specialized in high-quality but quick-brewed tea, with an approach similar to that of a wine bar.
Chai lattes, loose-leaf blends, iced drinks, and a reserve selection (see 20-year-old fermented puerh) were available in more than 60 tea options. In addition to the teas, coffee, wine, tea-infused cocktails, and tapas were served at the all-day lounge. Both locations spanned 2,000 square feet, though the owners told BusinessDen at the time of opening that they were also “eyeing smaller, kiosk-style outfits.” Eater’s initial attempts to contact the owners about the closings and any future plans were unsuccessful.