Little Pub Company will open its newest spot in the former M&D's Cafe

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The Little Pub Company -- owners of The Spot, the Irish Hound, Wymans and seventeen other neighborhood watering holes -- will open its newest location in the former M&D's Café, at 2800 28th Avenue, which closed a year ago. Mark Berzins, who runs Little Pub, says he's not normally an urban pioneer, preferring to open new locations in established areas. But this is a chance to breathe some life into the Whittier neighborhood, which has very few bars and restaurants.

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"There isn't much of anything up there. We've had it on our radar since M&D's first closed up," he says. "There are some of my restaurant colleagues who are curious to see how we do. If we have success up there, I wouldn't be surprised if a few others work out deals. This will be a good indicator of whether the neighborhood is ready."

Renovation and a timetable for opening are pending a liquor-license hearing, scheduled for January 24.

Little Pub hasn't come up with a name yet, but Berzins says it could be something like "The Whittier," and that it will have a neighborhood theme. The location will have fare and beer choices similar to those at other Little Pub locations.

Berzins, who bought the 4,000-square-foot building at auction, also says he only plans to use half the space and that he will lease out the other half.

M&D's, which served soul food for 34 years, closed almost exactly one year ago after defaulting on a million-dollar loan from the city's Office of Economic Development; Berzins says he tried to work out a deal with the city to buy the building directly, but that he eventually had to acquire it via auction and pay off a few liens.

"I've met with the community leaders up there, and there is a lot of support for investment and development in their community," he says. "When you make a decision to buy something at auction without a lot of time...It's reassuring when you reach out to the neighborhood and get that kind of support and feedback."


Location Info

M&D's Cafe - CLOSED

2000 E. 28th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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WhittierNeighbor
WhittierNeighbor

Walked by today, they took some of the boards down from the windows and doors.

kristopharian
kristopharian

A neighborhood theme...Call it "The Checks Cashed" ...

kvillegas
kvillegas

Joey and Cecil are totally right. Great news for Whittier.

joey murdah
joey murdah

I live right around the corner from the building and we heard about this a few weeks ago. We couldn't be happier to have a new bar/restaurant within walking distance. Welcome to the neighborhood.

Gotta say that we are definitely looking forward to this a lot more than the little run down building on 28th by Manual that says "spunky subs coming soon".

Cecil
Cecil like.author.displayName 1 Like

This is fantastic news. We need a neighborhood bar up here.

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