Max's Wine Dive issued a liquor and cabaret license
The former home of Colorado Lace at 696 Sherman Street has stood empty for years, despite being in a prime restaurant neighborhood. Or is it empty because of that? With Racines just down the street at 650 Sherman Street and Mizuna, Vesper Lounge and Bones across Seventh Avenue, neighbors weren't eager to support the Cold Comfort Tavern, which tried to take on the spot three years ago but was turned down for a liquor license by the city. Even so, the city just recommended issuing a liquor and cabaret license for Max's Wine Dive in the same location.
Jeff and Laura Lasco, founders of Max's Wine Dive.
Max's is a Texas-based chain founded by Jerry and Laura Lasco that currently has six locations, and hopes to open stores in Chicago, Atlanta and Denver this spring. And the Denver location, at least, looks like it will be on track.
The former Colorado Lace building.
The concept is for "gourmet comfort food," served in a "down-to-earth, rock-n-roll style," according to the company's website. "'Fried Chicken and Champagne?... Why the Hell Not?!" And with a cabaret license, Max's would be able to offer live music, too.
The decision recommending the license came from from the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses on Monday, two weeks after a public hearing on the application: