Snooze no longer supports city's urban camping ban

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Even as Coors Field was filling up last Friday, fans were learning Ballpark neighborhood mainstay Snooze would no longer support the city's May 2012 ban on camping because it hadn't helped the homeless community. Snooze had initially supported that proposal -- a stance that inspired Occupy Denver to boycott the restaurant. But in a Facebook post on April 5 -- the same day the original restaurant at 2262 Larimer Street took the day off to celebrate its seventh birthday -- Snooze announced the change.

Here's the message Snooze posted on Facebook for its fans (of which there are currently 14,112):

Since we established Snooze in the heart of the 5 Points/Arapahoe Square and the Ballpark Neighborhoods, Snooze has worked to support and help Denver's homeless community. We have embraced this endeavor by hiring and providing employment; sitting on the board of the Denver Homeless Commission; fundraising; creating a mentoring program through Urban Peak; volunteering and spreading awareness to support the homeless.

When the Urban Camping Ban proposal was presented to us, we believed the ban would provide and allow for more services and support in the form of shelters, mental health and general assistance for our area homeless. We believe that the Urban Camping Ban has not provided these opportunities and should be repealed or amended to more effectively meet the needs of our homeless community. As always, our goal at Snooze is to support and assist any endeavor that strives to improve and better the lives of our homeless community. To that end, we believe that the Urban Camping Ban has not met the needs of Denver's homeless community and we respectively ask the city of Denver as well as the business community at large to work towards repeal or modification of the Urban Camping Ban and work towards an effective solution for Denver's business and homeless communities.

Before it opened its doors seven years ago, Snooze was working hard with the homeless -- many of whom were hanging out in front of those doors. Some of them became Snooze employees. And even as Snooze has grown (there are now five restaurants in Colorado and one in San Diego, with more to come, and Nation's Restaurant News named Snooze a "break-out brand" for 2013), the owners have continued to study the problem. Initially, they spoke out in support of the camping ban, which earned the Ballpark Snooze a brief boycott. But now, almost a year into Denver's ban on camping, they've decided that the ordinance was not the fix the city had hoped for.

"As far as the camping ban, Snooze is excited for the city, the homeless providers, and the business communities to continue working together to find more ways to help the homeless population," says Snooze founder Jon Schlegel. "We're excited to continue to hire and train those from Urban Peak and other service providers, we're going to continue to volunteer at the Denver Rescue Mission monthly, and we will continue our support of fundraising for non-profits related to this and other concerns of our world."

But Snooze will no longer support the camping ban.

From our archives: "Snooze protest: Owners talk homeless workers, Nazi allegations."

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Snooze

2262 Larimer St., Denver, CO

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33 comments
David Plucker
David Plucker

I'd rather eat a cold can of beans than stand around 1+hours for a waffle.

Amy Lee
Amy Lee

Considering how long I have waited in line for a weekend brunch at Snooze, they should be in full support of it.

John Patrick Garcia
John Patrick Garcia

I suspect this means they will be giving free breakfasts on sundays, Side-by-side with Denvers cleanest? I'll be there!

Rob Payne
Rob Payne

We need more able bodied panhandlers

Rick Strandlof
Rick Strandlof

It was a terrible law to begin with. Whenever you criminalize a activity that is necessary for human survival you end up on the wrong side of history. Gratitude to Snooze for recognizing this and making a change.

Denver Becca
Denver Becca

Super excited they have changed their stance. It was presented with carrots and sticks. The sticks have held. The carrots haven't. Because Snooze is literal neighbors with Denver's homeless, they've been able to see that this approach does not work. Telling people they can't sleep in the city of Denver does not find them homes.

honeyelated
honeyelated

Boycott Snooze went on through all weather conditions for just shy of a year so I dont see where you get "brief" from. It started right after the camping ban went into effect and ended last week. I never saw Westword there. Lazy reporting........ 


Boycott the Downtown Denver Business Partnership. But of course you may not know which businesses are paying to be a part of that group now since they removed their directory from their website. But you can call 
Downtown Denver Partnership President & CEO Tamara Door
511 16th Street, Suite 200
Phone:  303.534.6161
to find out which ones are members. 

The Denver Urban Camping Ban is inhumane and needs to be repealed. I personally will not spend a dime in any business listed on the Downtown Partnership membership directory. 

I appreciate what the ex-owner of Snooze, Jon Schlegal and the new owner of Snooze, Dave did coming out agaginst the ban. I personally will not eat at Snooze but their good faith actions are appreciated. 


Janet Matzen
Janet Matzen

Boycott the 16th street mall till the ban is repealed ...

Isoceles Woodsfish
Isoceles Woodsfish

Great now when will they support edible food with human sized portion at affordable pricing? People wait in line out the door and around the corner so I guess I cant blame them!

Joe Deras Espinoza
Joe Deras Espinoza

But @Jonny D Foxtrot tell us what you really think about occupy?

jdbe
jdbe

F*ck all of the Boycott Snooze/Occupy Denver douchebags who not only made complete asses of themselves every weekend (all dozen of them) up at Snooze, but who did so without doing one goddamned thing to actually help the homeless population walking around them on the sidewalks to get to services at the DRM and St. Francis shelters.

Loudmouthed, bullying, obnoxious, self-righteous, self-aggrandizing, holier-than-thou and incredibly indignant about the fact that the world doesn't work exactly the way THEY want in their far-right socialist 'paradise', the "Boycotters" and "Occupiers" represent nothing more than egos in search of a movement to make them feel some sort of relevance in a society, city and culture that really doesn't give two shits what they think or how loudly they want to scream.

Furthermore, the capitulation of Snooze to this very vocal minority of myopic self-indulgent little pricks is simply idiotic...and almost assuredly political in nature.  They should have stood their ground and continued to fight for the rights of residents, small business owners and the people who have to work and walk downtown to not be harassed for money/cigarettes/whiskey (Gordon) every 40 feet, to not have to walk into work through doorways soaked in human urine and to not have to worry that when they come back to their car that it will have been broken into and ransacked for anything valuable to continue to feed the crack, meth and dust habits of a significant portion of the population around Triangle Park, Civic Center Park, Sonny Lawson Park and surrounding streets.

By the way - it's a guarantee they didn't see "a dramatic decrease in business" - as witnessed by their continued business expansion in Colorado and California, the 90+ minute wait to get in on any given day, the fact that they can and will almost double in size by 2014 (number of locations AND revenue).

They were probably just sick of the "Boycotters" trespassing, harassing customers, damaging their property, threatening their employees & patrons and vandalism of their location downtown.

THAT'S the revealing behavior of the self-righteous perpetrators of the idiotic boycott of Snooze by these infantile entitled little shits...and it says all anyone needs to know about their joke of a "movement".

Mane Rok
Mane Rok

Actually, from what I've gathered they've been doing pretty ok on the business tip, opening more and more locations at a pretty quick speed for a small business. Man. Yall need to breath a little. They did wrong. They are admitting it. They could do wrong again and make more mistakes (or be lying about this)....but how the fuck you expect people to right their wrongs if you shit on them regardless of what they do?

Jonny D Foxtrot
Jonny D Foxtrot

Fuck all of the Boycott Snooze/Occupy Denver douchebags who not only made complete asses of themselves every weekend (all dozen of them) up at Snooze, but who did so without doing one goddamned thing to actually help the homeless population walking around them on the sidewalks to get to services at the DRM and St. Francis shelters. Loudmouthed, bullying, obnoxious, self-righteous, self-aggrandizing, holier-than-thou and incredibly indignant about the fact that the world doesn't work exactly the way THEY want in their far-right socialist 'paradise', the "Boycotters" and "Occupiers" represent nothing more than egos in search of a movement to make them feel some sort of relevance in a society, city and culture that really doesn't give two shits what they think or how loudly they want to scream. Furthermore, the capitulation of Snooze to this very vocal minority of myopic self-indulgent little pricks is simply idiotic...and almost assuredly political in nature. They should have stood their ground and continued to fight for the rights of residents, small business owners and the people who have to work and walk downtown to not be harassed for money/cigarettes/whiskey (Gordon) every 40 feet, to not have to walk into work through doorways soaked in human urine and to not have to worry that when they come back to their car that it will have been broken into and ransacked for anything valuable to continue to feed the crack, meth and dust habits of a significant portion of the population around Triangle Park, Civic Center Park, Sonny Lawson Park and surrounding streets. By the way - it's a guarantee they didn't see "a dramatic decrease in business" - as witnessed by their continued business expansion in Colorado and California, the 90+ minute wait to get in on any given day, the fact that they can and will almost double in size by 2014 (number of locations AND revenue). They were probably just sick of the "Boycotters" trespassing, harassing customers, damaging their property, threatening their employees & patrons and vandalism of their location downtown. THAT'S the revealing behavior of the self-righteous perpetrators of the idiotic boycott of Snooze by these infantile entitled little shits...and it says all anyone needs to know about their joke of a "movement".

Aaron McMurray
Aaron McMurray

FUCK SNOOZE!! They shot themselves in the foot by jumping on board so quickly in the first place. Never eaten there before and will never think about it. The only reason they retracting support is because they probably saw a dramatic decrease in business. DUMBASSES!!

John Ashley
John Ashley

if they care about the homeless population so much, why would they have ever supported the urban camping ban. Force is diametrically opposed the position of Help. they had to do some serious mental gymnastics in the first place in order to be able to justify the behavior of helping the poor with one hand and denying survival of that same community with the other. Too little too late? yes. But I'll still accept it, because no longer supporting the ban is the right thing to do. Snooze just learned why businesses should not get into the supporting of politics.....

Nicole Douglas
Nicole Douglas

Yeah 3 egg vege omlets for $12.99. At those prices, most folks buying playoff ticket will get their ticketes on Stub Hub from the scalper or have season passes.

Steve Antonio
Steve Antonio

Now they can camp out at snooze to get over priced, over rated breakfast.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Everyone I know has been BOYCOTTING Snooze over their repugnant, hateful and profiteering stance against the Homeless.

Same goes for Chick-fil-Hate over their homophobic bigotry.


Obie Gdm
Obie Gdm

It's about time! That camping ban is anti human.

Testecleese
Testecleese

It never was about the "homeless". It was the city's attempt to destroy the OWS movement in Denver. In that, they were successful.

Anytime the "homeless" or "the children" are invoked, it is a certain bet it is nothing more than deflection away from the real issue.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@jdbe A passionate post, jdbe. We're going to highlight it as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for weighing in.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Jonny D Foxtrot 

So who -- exactly -- forced Snooze to open a restaurant in a depressed -- and cheaper for them -- part of town where 100s of homeless people lived for years?

The hipster douchebag fad that is Snooze will pass, and they'll be no more popular than The Egg and I when the yuppies move on to the next fad.



michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Obie Ruff Goodman Thanks for posting, Obie. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Katelyn Jackson That's our kind of math, Katelyn. Thanks.

jdbe
jdbe

@DonkeyHotay - wishful thinking borne of a burgeoning irrelevance for the Boycott Snooze/Occupy Denver "movement" - which is nothing more than a screamingly loud vocal micro-minority of self-centered children who think that the world owes them something instead of having to make an effort to work for it.


No one *FORCED* Snooze to open in the neighborhood - but Snooze and the dozens of other businesses opening in the area is infinitely better than leaving it to be the festering sore of a skid row, drug-ridden shit fest that it was for the best part of forty years...a dangerous, rodent-ridden, dealer-and-addict infested shithole in the heart of the Queen City that was an embarrassment, and eyesore and, most importantly a health hazard to anyone wanting to be downtown.

So, realistically, any responsible citizen who gave two shits about this city and the vast MAJORITY of people in it rather than a very small minority of non-contributing addicts, junkies, dealers, prostitutes, gangbangers and other wastrels would support businesses exactly like Snooze, or Twelve, or Whiskey Bar, or Great Divide, or Ignite or countless others in coming into a shithole and turning it around - but instead, Boycott and Occupy chose to stamp their feet, pull their hair and whine, bitch, moan and cry about how it was all SOOOO unfair.

All that's done is demonstrate that they care more about themselves and their movement than the vitality of this city, the safety/security and contributions of its citizens, and having the city and its neighborhoods be anything more than a cesspool of public intoxication, drug dealing/using and general indigence.  


What a joke...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@jdbe "No one *FORCED* Snooze to open in the neighborhood "

If you move next to an EXISTING AIRPORT -- because the property is cheaper -- don't whine about the NOISE.


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