Reader: We're going to be a city with terrible architecture and zero authenticity

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The forty-year-old Wazee Supper Club got a facelift this summer. We're happy about the new kitchen, and the air-conditioning -- but could live without the new sign, which replaced an iconic logo with an old Coca-Cola symbol.


Says Neil:

What a shame. I was just admiring that sign on Sunday while recounting some of Wazee's history as well as my own personal history with the place. Frankly, that logo is terrible. The old sign was a classic. I love it how Denver is trying so hard to reach back in time with "speakeasies" and "classic american dishes for no more than $26 [quote from the Chef at the new Central Bistro which is a copy of every other new Denver restaurant]" and yet they feel the need to put some plastic cover on top of it all while tearing down what's authentic. In 10 years, we're going to be an overpopulated, sanitized version of what was and in 25 years we're going to be a city full of terrible architecture with absolutely zero authenticity left. I know this is a bit of a tangent, but I hate where everything is going. And the sad thing is, it's being led by people with no claim to this city except eyes on its exploitation.

Is the replacement sign an improvement? See both old and new here.

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Wazee Supper Club

1600 15th St., Denver, CO

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Probably when the first sign went up, lots of locals were upset that it advertised Coca-Cola and thought it was a sell-out move.  Things change.


I lived in Chicago where a lot of people were upset a few years ago that the Sears Tower got renamed to be called the Willis Tower.  Then someone pointed out to me that Sears just bought the name too-- everything is advertising.  And it changes sometimes.

ScubaSteve topcommenter

Neil "admires" the sign but doesn't like the logo.  Is that contrary or what?


The guy from Breck who is apparently calling the shots for the Wyknoop restaurants is completely destroying them.  Locals and regulars have already started bailing - great work Breck.

Mantonat topcommenter

 @lodododo While I'm not a big fan of the new look, I agree that Neil's reaction was a little extreme. Things do change, and sometimes the change is even an improvement. Plus, there are plenty of great buildings and businesses still going strong despite the recent outbreak of closures and remodels.


no - the old sign was still up as of sunday.

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