Tavern Platt Park should sprout next spring

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All systems are go for Tavern Platt Park, which will transform the former home of India's Pearl (and Lola, Micole and Greens before that) at 1475 South Pearl Street. Tavern Hospitality Group, which bought the building, had a hearing with the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses on July 2 to transfer the liquor license, and that went through without a hitch -- or an objection from any neighbors.

Plans now call for starting a major renovation of the place in September, with a goal of opening in March or April, says Frank Schultz, who owns THG with his mother and stepfather.

Which is appropriate, because TGH now has a family of home-grown restaurants: the original Tavern Downtown (which started out as the Soiled Dove in 1997) and the nearby Cowboy Lounge, Soiled Dove Underground and Tavern Lowry, Tavern Uptown, Tavern Littleton, TavernTech Center and Tavern Wash Park, which is something of a prototype for Tavern Platt Park, since it, too, is on a commercial block in the middle of a residential neighborhood.

Schultz spent a lot of time talking to Platt Park neighbors and businesses on South Pearl before the hearing. He took care of parking concerns by buying two more properties in the area -- including the spot that's home to Buchtel Motors, which will continue to operate there during the day, while Tavern Platt Park parks cars there at night. After listening to residents behind the restaurant, he moved the patio from the back to the front; he'll also build a rooftop patio. And he'll pave the alley with concrete, to eliminate potholes.

Although THG has emphasized sustainability before, "this will be the first green Tavern," Schultz says. "We're escalating that to use more Colorado products, Colorado brands." It's more expensive, he acknowledges, and Tavern Platt Park may not make money for five or six years, but THG is in the neighborhood for the long haul. And if these innovations work, they could be introduced at already existing restaurants, as well as future spots in Highland and Boulder, "if we ever get there," Schultz says.

But while THG definitely has plans to grow, particularly in "character neighborhoods," Schultz and company aren't looking past state lines. They want to keep it Colorado.


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RenglanderRELO
RenglanderRELO

Awesome!  Finally a rooftop patio in my 'hood.  And, I'm a big fan of the Tavern's burgers and wings. 

FballFAN123
FballFAN123

A lot of places haven't survived on this strip of S. Pearl. Being a neighbor, I'm looking forward to a local Denver company that has some staying power. I know all the Taverns are a little bit different in design based on their neighborhood, but I'm really glad this one is going to be smaller like their Wash Park one. Much more my style and vibe. 

Kevinblock
Kevinblock

That just sucks.. I am sure the loft neighbors next door will love their out door patio.. Way to fuck a nice building also.. 

Herb Harjes
Herb Harjes

"Objections from the neighbors" is interesting this this case. Everything about his plan is fine and he is to be commended for doing a lot to accommodate the physical concerns of the immediate neighbors. However, there are plenty of us in Platte Park that don't want the Tavern on S Pearl. But I don't really see how, "keep your mediocre cookie cutter restaurant off our street!" is an objection that would hold any water with anyone. Or maybe I missed the boat at the July 2 transfer hearing. Any good suggestions?

Dan5280
Dan5280

Seriously.  As a friend who lives in downtown Littleton told me, 'when Tavern showed up I just knew my neighborhood went to shit'.  What a shame.  Sadly, they will probably kill it on Pearl St. 

Fletchmonger
Fletchmonger

Fuck the homogenized Tavern scene. Fuck the clones. 

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