3090 Downing Street swallows up another restaurant -- and a swingers club

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What's up those stairs? No swingers club...
Denver swingers can't catch a break. 3090 Eden, the members-only swingers' club that opened for business just last March, has closed, as has the Downing Street Grill, which was located in the same building at 3090 Downing Street. "It was a lot of money spent, but there wasn't enough support from the community that we were hoping to tap into," says James Riggs, a construction-industry exec who ran both businesses. "If we had opened up the right way, with everything the way we had wanted it, maybe it would have stayed open. But we just didn't have everything in place the way that the swinging world wanted it."

In other words, there wasn't enough swinging going on.

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While 3090 provided a bar, food and a place for members of "the lifestyle" to gather, it didn't allow nudity, sex or "play." Riggs says he was trying to work with Denver officials on fire code, building code, liquor-license rules and other issues so that he could establish "play areas," but found himself buried in paperwork -- and swingers weren't willing to wait around.

After all, they'd already been loaded down with rules on the 3090 Eden website: Do Not Be Creepy; Ask Before You Touch -- Ask Once and Only Once; Do Not Open Closed Curtains; Do Not Interrupt Others; Nudity only in designated areas; No sex of any kind past the doors of the play area; Clean Up Your Own Mess.

The building at 3090 Downing has had trouble getting lucky as well. Decades ago it was a church, then for many years it was home to Tosh's Hacienda, which got overly ambitious with an expansion and wound up reneging on a city loan and closing altogether. The spot was later purchased by the folks behind Tracks and Exdo, and since then it's hosted an assortment of restaurants, including Kiva, Blackberries Bar, Swallows and, most recently, Eden, a lesbian-centric vegetarian spot that closed last summer.

The recent history of Denver swingers' clubs has been equally tumultuous. Sugar House, which was founded by infamous escort-service magnate Scotty Ewing on West Alameda Avenue, closed in March 2012 after a liquor-license violation. Ewing, who moved to San Diego, recently returned to Denver, however, and has promised to host a series of patio and pool parties, under the name Sugar House Events, targeting Denver's "young, fit, fun, and sexy open-minded couples and women."

And the Scarlet Ranch, which had occupied a nondescript building at 424 Broadway, was run out of town that same year, following raids and investigations by both the Denver fire and police departments. Owner Kendall Seifert later sued the city, but he has since opened a sprawling new place, called Squirrel Creek Lodge, in the former Northwoods Inn...of all places.


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Downing Street Grill

3090 Downing Street, Denver, CO

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tmz2246
tmz2246

I think it is quite comical that Mr. Riggs is blaming the Swinger community for his club failing. it's more like he bit off more than he could chew, ignored good advice from many, and shit on the rest. He should never have promised something that wasn't already done, set in stone. Rather he seemed very "wishy washy" from day one and couldn't decide whether he wanted a on-premise or an off-premise and most certainly should not have charged a membership until he knew.  The place could have been a great place for swingers to hangout, with or without play. He just made one bad business decision after another...not the swingers fault.

Vic-Stevinson
Vic-Stevinson

This place has been repainted a dozen times, but nobody will drop the money on it to remedy the bizarre chopped-up layout of Tosh's Hacienda. The space is impossible for a small crew to handle, everything that comes from the kitchen seems to run up and down stairs. I wouldn't be surprised if folks with a few cocktails in them get lost to and from the bathrooms.

I lived in the neighborhood for eight years. Nobody concentrated on letting people know what was being offered. There is an atheist gathering spot half a block away that could feed directly into this spot several nights a week and weekends.

Sandy Cope
Sandy Cope

Hasn't been right since it was Tosh's Hacienda.

Tiffany Schlag
Tiffany Schlag

Downing Street Grill re-opened yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jb76
jb76

everything fails because this place is H A U N T E D 

Zan Thorn
Zan Thorn

Downing Street Grill re-opened yesterday.

Aj Jensen
Aj Jensen

The problem with this building and all their half-baked ideas for its contents is the simple fact of trying too hard. This location could be an amazing gathering place for the LGBT community AND be profitable with the right ideas. Trouble is someone thinks up half an idea, runs with it before finishing the thought, and it dies before anyone has the chance to realize its value. Problem #2: marketing. Most of the time, the only way I knew something was happening at this building was by driving past to see a (yet another) new sign out front. Offer something people actually want. Hire a developing manager with experience and insight into the community (I'm free by the way) and get the word out. Otherwise, just stop. This in and out is seriously just getting old.

Diane Howald
Diane Howald

Nevermind Natasha, its closed...Maybe you should open something there =)

TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Easy come, easy go - so to speak! 

For folks looking for a good eatery near 30th/Downing, may I recommend D-Line Restaurant? It has a number of soul/Southern dishes (chicken 'n' waffles anyone?) as well as a few items (primarily snacks) from Kenya and Tanzania.

Vic-Stevinson
Vic-Stevinson

Things weren't right the last few years of Tosh's. The son axed a lot of fresh items -- homemade tamales and rellenos -- in favor of food prep, and it tasted like it.

Vic-Stevinson
Vic-Stevinson

Apparently they have reopened, but every indicator  signals that another closing is just around the corner.

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