1) New Pizza Restaurant Coming to Stapleton’s E. 29th Ave. Town Center
Pizzeria Locale, owned by Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. and Locale Boulder, is coming to the corner of E. 29th Place and Roslyn St, on the ground floor of The Mint Apartments. Notice is posted at 7505 E. 29th Place that Pizzeria Locale applied for a liquor license on June 21, 2019, and the hearing will take place August 5, 2019.
The restaurant has two other Denver locations, one on W. 32nd Ave. in the Highlands neighborhood and one at 550 Broadway. The menu offers individual red, white and build-your-own pizzas, along with salads, sides, wine, beer and other beverages. The website shows the hours for the other two Denver restaurants are 11am to 10pm daily and brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm.
2) New Italian Restaurant Coming to Stanley Marketplace
The space vacated by Sazza at Stanley Marketplace earlier this year will soon have a new look and menu with a yet-unnamed Italian eatery. Chef Paul Reilly, Aileen Reilly, and JP Taylor, JR, who are the owners and operators of several Denver businesses, including beast+bottle, Coperta, and Pizzeria Coperta, recently announced their newest venture. No official opening date is set, but the restaurant will offer a diverse menu with pasta, Roman-style pizza, salads, panini, and antipasti. They will also offer home chefs the opportunity to purchase pizza dough and sauces, and will include a full bar menu. “We’re incredibly excited to join a great community, along with all of the possibilities the space has to offer,” says Aileen Reilly.
3) New Chinese Dumpling Restaurant To Be Located on Montview in NW Aurora
Construction is underway on Mason’s Dumplings, which will bring hand-rolled dumplings to the corner of Montview and Dayton in Aurora. The 3000-sq. ft. property will be at the site of the former Del Norte Bar. Owner Ker Zhu says that he hopes to finish construction and open the first metro area location of his family’s dumpling business in December.
Zhu’s family owns Luscious Dumplings, a Los Angeles favorite since 2001. Mason’s, named for Zhu’s 4-year-old son, will specialize in homemade dumplings, with a large variety of meat, vegetarian, and vegan options, as well as buns and rice dishes. The Aurora location will have a liquor license and a small bar. Its kitchen will eventually support two satellite locations.
“People want better food, and it’s a good time to introduce more diversity into the Denver area,” says Zhu, whose Denver family will manage the restaurant. “Dumplings are meant to be eaten on the spot, when they are fresh,” he says. Mason’s Dumplings is located at 9655 E. Montview.
4) Application for Medical Marijuana Cultivation near Stapleton
The Department of Excise and Licenses has notified Stapleton’s registered neighborhood organization (Stapleton United Neighbors) that a medical marijuana cultivation business has a pending application to operate within 200 feet of Stapleton’s boundaries. Vertical Investment Group LLC submitted the application for a business located at 5200 E. Smith Rd, Unit 100. If this application proceeds after initial review, a public hearing will be scheduled and SUN will be notified of the date and time. Any objections or comments to these types of applications must be presented in person at the scheduled public hearing. The Denver Revised Municipal Code does not require any kind of posting on the property for these types of businesses. The department will either approve or deny these types of applications based solely upon the ordinance criteria.
5) Nourish Co-op Dissolves
Nourish Co-op Members have voted to dissolve the venture and donate the funds that remain to the Denver Foundation. The Co-op, established in 2014, was unable to find a site for the proposed cooperative grocery store and lacked sufficient volunteers to serve on the board over the long process.
6) Park Hill Golf Course Sold to Developer
Clayton Early Learning, which has used revenue from a lease on the Park Hill Golf Course to support its program, determined they could best serve the needs of their program by selling the property. The sale to Westside Investment Partners closed July 11. That company says they will listen to stakeholders in the community about future use of the land. Mayor Hancock told the Front Porch: “The community had some discussions around this… I believe there was a consensus it would be a mixed use involving an appreciable percentage left for open space…we have the leverage to create or maintain some open space and we plan to do so.”
Women’s Equality Day and Procession Aug. 26
Colorado women were the first in the nation to possess the right to vote after an 1893 referendum granted them that right; women in other states had to wait until 1920, when the 19th Amendment was passed. Colorado and the rest of the nation will celebrate 100 years of woman suffrage in 2020. History Colorado and the Center for Women’s History at Byers-Evans House invite community groups and individuals to honor the bold women who marched for suffrage with a Woman Suffrage Procession around the Colorado Capitol on August 26.
According to History Colorado, “This modern-day procession will be the kick-off to our national centennial of woman suffrage in 2020 where we not only aim to highlight Colorado’s suffrage contributions but how the movement is also a story about race, class, citizenship, gender, immigration, political identity, and values, and the intersections where those meet in our country’s history.” While celebrating women’s suffrage, the voting rights of other populations also merit consideration. Native Americans did not possess U.S. citizenship until 1924 and were therefore unable to vote; even after 1924, restrictive state laws disenfranchised many Native people. Likewise, African Americans confronted poll taxes, literacy tests, and violent threats that kept them from voting for generations. These practices only began to end with the 1965 passage of the Voting Rights Act.
To participate in the procession, gather between 8:30-9:30 am at the Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House, 1310 Bannock St., on Aug. 26th. Marchers will move to the Capitol and end at 11 am with a lecture, performances and more. For more information: https://www.historycolorado.org/2020-womens-vote-centennial-colorado