After promising to never pour liquor, Zingers applies for a liquor license

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Lori Midson
A year ago this month, when I first spoke with Dennis Krieger, the owner of Zingers, a small-mall joint near the University of Denver that pushes chicken wings in a gazillion guises, along with chicken nuggets in a bag, chicken salad and a whole coop of other college-appropriate grub, he told me, flat-out, that the majority of the students on the DU campus were too young to drink, an observation that dissuaded him from getting a liquor license. "We analyzed it, and it came down to the fact that students shouldn't be drinking under the age of 21, so we're not serving any alcohol, at least not in this location," Krieger told me last June.

But here's the real zinger: There's now a liquor-license application sign hanging directly in front of the very same location where Krieger insisted he wouldn't pour liquid assets. Clearly, he had a change of beverage, which is good news for all those of-age studious types who ace their exams and want to celebrate with chicken nuggets and a Crown and Coke. Krieger has a date with the Department of Excise and Licenses on Thursday, July 14, at 9 a.m. to learn whether or not he'll need to start checking IDs.

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Dennis Krieger
Dennis Krieger

Laurie, thanks for noticing our desire to sell beer. Numerous customer requests and a dynamic competitive market led us to this decision to please our customers and apply for a liquor license. I would have gladly told you had you called to ask.

Daniel Clyburn
Daniel Clyburn

Although Zingers is near DU Campus ,the clientele is not exclusively Students or under 21's ,Zingers has to compete head to head in a competitive marketplace ,,Good Luck Zingers ,Y'ALL ROCK

Dennis Krieger
Dennis Krieger

Had Laurie called to discuss her "concerns" she would have learned what you already know, business is dynamic, and in our case, our guests' repeated request for us to serve beer, along with new competition led us to this business decision. Laurie's attitude mystifies us.

Weege
Weege

Hope that his staff is TIPS certified.

Dennis Krieger
Dennis Krieger

We're already signed up even though we don't have our license yet. Like the many, many places around the DU area that serve alcohol, we'll do our part to be responsible servers of beer with our food.

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