In news that is sure to delight some Denverites and rankle others, another pre- and post-game mainstay on the Market Street strip of bars near Coors Field is closing to make way for a new restaurant and bar branded after country music star Dierks Bentley.
On Tuesday, the current owners of LoDo’s Bar and Grill officially announced that Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row will replace LoDo’s, which has operated at 1946 Market Street since 1994.
According to a press release, the announcement of the move comes after the Lower Downtown Design Review Commission approved the design of the planned restaurant and bar, which will require significant alterations and additions to the existing structure. The release states that construction on Whiskey Row will begin in 2020, although it doesn’t mention when LoDo’s will actually close.
Whiskey Row, which has four existing locations in Arizona and Nashville, serves a menu consisting of traditional sports bar fare like salads, burgers, and sandwiches along with pricier entrees like fish and chips and steak frites. Fittingly for a bar branded after a country music star, there is also several Southern dishes, including chicken and waffles, and catfish and grits.
The existing Whiskey Rows also offer cocktails, beer, and wine as well as a large selection of whiskeys. All of the locations are open until last call in their respective cities, which is 2 a.m. in Denver.
The impending replacement of LoDo’s with Whiskey Row will be just the latest change to come to the area around Coors Field, which has lost many of the sports bars that once defined the neighborhood in recent years.
Last month, the Tavern Downtown and Cowboy Lounge located across the street from LoDo’s shut their doors while the Cook Street School of Culinary Arts they shared their building with decamped to the Golden Triangle.
Other bars to recently leave the immediate area include Celtic Tavern (since reopened near Larimer Square) and Delaney’s, which closed in 2016 to make way for the Milk Market development. Fado Irish Pub also closed on 19th Street in 2017.
Kenneth Monfort, who purchased LoDo’s last year and is the son of Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort, partnered with Jason Marcotte and Matt Runyon of Summit Capital Venture Group to purchase the three LoDo’s in LoDo, Highlands Ranch, and Westminster last December. BusinessDen was the first to report that the bar’s new owners had submitted plans for the new restaurant to the city.
The trio said they hope Whiskey Row will serve as a catalyst to transform the area into “a world-class ballpark district 365 days a year” The Rockies are also constructing a new development called McGregor Square two blocks from Whiskey Row that will include restaurants and bars.
The Whiskey Row project will involve the construction of a new two story structure on the parking lot just to the east of the restaurant. The streetscape around the restaurant will also be enhanced.
According to the release, there are no plans to close the suburban LoDo’s locations in Highlands Ranch and Westminster.
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