Il Vicino will attempt to get a liquor license in Wash Park where Brown Dog Pizza failed

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Lori Midson
Remember all the snarling and snapping that surrounded Brown Dog Pizza, the Telluride-based pizzeria that attempted to open a second outpost on South Gaylord Street, but laid down. rolled over and eventually limped away whimpering when its liquor license was denied, thanks to the pit bull tactics of the South Gaylord Neighborhood Association?

That all went down in July, and for the past several months, the space at 1001 South Gaylord Street has sat vacant with a "For Lease" sign strapped to its fence. But now there's a new liquor license application sign facing the street, which is no doubt incensing the same tribe of naysayers who successfully shoved a bone down the throats of Brown Dog. And Mike Schneider, a Wash Park resident and lawyer who led the efforts to ensure that Brown Dog couldn't pour liquor, wine, or beer -- he suggested that the parcel of land become a car-share program -- is undoubtedly howling at the mere thought of another restaurant on the block with gasp -- alcohol.

Nonetheless, Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza, a New Mexico-based pizza chain with one Denver location at 550 Broadway, is going to give Schneider and his brethren another fight, because the chain is planning to open its second location in the same space where Brown Dog was denied access. The hearing, slated for 9 a.m. on December 28 at the Wellington Webb building, will determine whether Il Vicino can pour beer and wine -- not spirits.

Will that single change make a difference to the vocal mouthpieces of the South Gaylord Neighborhood Association? District 6 councilman Charlie Brown is holding out hope. "I think it will get approved," he predicts. We'll be watching. And waiting.

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Buz
Buz

The neighborhood residents do not want cars parking in front of their houses yet Gaylord was a retail area before they were born. The retail area was a major reason we moved to Wash park. People should not buy a house assuming they can kill the retail area next door that bothers them.

washparkneighbor
washparkneighbor

Mog, whoever you are. It's pizza. So I suppose when Brown Dog tried to open, your argument would be that Devils Food shouldn't have opened because it caused competition to the other local businesses. What ? They serve deserts, breakfast, etc. Pizza is also lacking (do you remember Abos, do you really think they were stealing business from Wash Park Grille. Give me a freakin' brea). The reality is we all lost out when Brown Dog was denied. Now, its a chain, but at least we'll have another nice restaurant to enjoy in the summer, and enjoy glass of whine while we are at it on the patio. I live in wash park, and I lived on S. Gaylord. If you don't like traffic and cars parked in front, move !

mog
mog

Lori Midson's only goal is to ignite the emotions of the neighborhood. Another restaurant with a liquor license would negatively impact the restaurants struggling to survive on Old South Gaylord. If Charlie Brown really supports business he should work hard to keep those already established from going out of business. The landlord at 1001 South Gaylord should try to attract a more suitable business for a location that has no parking and has a school bus stop at its corner. Furthermore, a wood burning oven pollutes the entire neighborhood and puts our children, the elderly and anyone with lung related issues at risk. Hey, Lori, I'd like to hear about some of the volunteer work or community work, something positive, that you have been recently involved in instead of your same old negative, non productive drivel.

A.
A.

Not good for the landlord, but it would serve these people right if that place remained vacant.  

JosephineTomato
JosephineTomato

They actually had folks out in the neighborhood yesterday to get signatures on a petition to take to the hearing.  I thought that was smart as they answered any questions and concerns up front.  Fingers crossed for them.

ballpark
ballpark

While not in Denver, there is a second Il Vicino in Littleton on S Santa Fe just south of Belleview.

cmack23
cmack23

pretty shitty that a local Colorado Restaurant can't create a cool neighborhood hangout and serve beer and wine but a chain can.  I don't doubt that these guys will be approved which really sucks, way to support Colorado business!! South Gaylord neighborhood association should re-locate to rural Penn. with the rest of their amish brethren.

sunnygirl
sunnygirl

I grew up on Gaylord st, and I can tell you that the issue at hand is not the retail shops and not so much the parking ( though it does getting annoying at times), but the big issue being faught is the amount of liquor in the area. I was born in this neighborhood and as far back as I can remember there where beer bottles all over my yard and at night I could here drunk people yelling and keeping me awake. There was even once I saw a drunk couple fighting and a man slaped a woman in the face. Now this is a family neighborhood and I can tell you that is not something I would want my kids to see. The more places with a liquor license the more drunk people there will be, and the more trash in the front of our houses.

plattparkismorefun
plattparkismorefun

these continued arguments about why 1001 south gaylord should not house a restaurant with a liquor license are comical. I tried my best to not comment, but I cant resist. Please, for crying out loud, sell your home if you don't like cars that park on public streets that are funded by tax payers. You people have a "traffic problem", because s. gaylord has some great places to shop and eat at. deal with it or move.  MOG and sunnygirl, please round up your other neighbors (SNGA) who complain about 1001 getting a liquor license and do something about the current "drunken problems" you all constantly complain about. round up the owners of the existing establishments that are causing all this "drunken debauchery and trash" and put in a place a solution. please, do something to solve this problem you constantly complain about for crying out loud. I am soooo happy I live in Platt Park and not anywhere near you people. We have 11 liquor licenses on s. pearl, great relations with the restaurant owners, great relations with our retailers, a great farmers market, and great events in the summer.  our restaurants are so much better than yours, and we chose to live near s. pearl because of the great business that exist on the street. you do not live in a suburb, even though you all constantly say you do. you live in a city of over 500,000 people. frankly, the restaurants on old south gaylord are exactly that; old. Cheers to Lori for continuing to report on this ridiculous issue

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