The Campus Lounge is coming back (again)
The Campus Lounge, the currently-shuttered iconic 40-plus-year-old bar in Denver’s Bonnie Brae neighborhood, is getting new life (again).
Westword first reported on Friday that the owners of LoHi’s Recess Beer Garden have leased the classic bar and plan to reopen it in mid-December.
If the Recess team manages to follow through on that aim, it would mark the third time the Campus Bar has reopened under new owners since Jim Wiste closed it after 40 years in 2016. The last two iterations of the bar lasted less than a year each before closing.
The Recess owners, who have roots in the Bonnie Brae neighborhood, are planning to convert the bar’s back room into a game room with pool and arcade games while incorporating a 1970s camping vibe. Westword also reports the menu will focus on steaks, sandwiches, and daily specials. It’s possible, however, that the team may not be able to use the Campus Lounge name for legal reasons. [Westword]
A combined brewery and distillery is coming to Boulder
A new “brewstillery” that will produce and serve beers from Durango’s Ska Brewing and Palisade’s Peach Street Distillers is slated to open in Boulder next spring.
Last week, Ska Brewing announced plans for the new operation, which will be called Ska Street and be setting up shop inside the former FATE Brewing space at 1600 38th Street in Boulder. FATE Brewing closed in May after filing for bankruptcy and facing a slew of problems, including thousands of dollars in liens it faced from the IRS for unpaid taxes.
According to a press release, Ska Street will brew Ska beers in a 10-barrel brewhouse. There will also be a 450-liter still for the distilling of Peach Street spirits. Ska Street will also offer 30 Ska beers on tap and serve a variety of cocktails made from Peach Street spirits.
The facility’s food offerings will offer aim to marry those of the separate Ska and Peach Street facilities. The press release teases a mix of the music and Caribbean inspired eats offer at Ska’s brewpub in Durango and the farm-to-table fare Peach Street serves in Palisade.
Peach Street was founded in 2005 by Ska Brewing co-founders Bill Graham and Dave Thibodeau. The brands have a shared sales team and have previously worked together on collaborations like Modus Whiskey, an IPA that is run through a still and aged in a barrel for eight months.
Rolling Pin Bakeshop closes in Five Points
Five Points is down a destination for breads, pastries, cakes, and coffee following the closing of Rolling Pin Bakeshop in Five Points last week.
Westword was the first to note that the bakery’s owners had posted a message to its Facebook page announcing that it was closing because the bakery’s lease had ended and they had chosen not to renew it. That Facebook page appears to have now been deleted. [Westword]