The Cooler is very cool

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Yesterday we took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to visit The Cooler, a bar/restaurant at 2045 Sheridan in Edgewater that not only has a great outdoor patio with a view of Sloan's Lake, but an unbeatable gimmick: Every beer -- and there are lots of them available -- comes in a can. And only a can.

The Cooler, which opened two months ago, was brought to us by the Little Pub Company, which is getting bigger every day. It now owns fourteen neighborhood taverns, ranging from the original Spot in West Wash Park to a second Spot in Golden, from Patrick Carroll’s (3963 Tennyson Street) to Three Dogs Tavern (3390 West 32nd Avenue) to the venerabke Don's Club Tavern (whose bathroom expansion project really will be finished one day).

As Jason Sheehan reported a few months ago in "Little Pub just got bigger," company founder Mark Berzins was particularly excited by prospects for the Pioneer, a new bar at 2401 South University Boulevard (in a former Chinese restaurant) that gave company chef Sean Kelly a chance to show what he can do.

Another recent addition is The Old Man, which is decorated with pictures of Vilis Berzins (the "creative director, creative genius" for Little Pub, according to his son) and other fathers and grandfathers; it's taken over the former home of Roosters Bar & Patio at 4381 West 120th Avenue in Broomfield.

And then there's the Cooler. "Wait till you see the place," Mark Berzins had told Sheehan. "It's going to be so cool."

We have, and it is. -- Patricia Calhoun


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