Top 10: BusinessDen’s most-read stories of 2018

BusinessDen published hundreds of stories on Denver business news happenings in 2018.

On Friday, we reviewed some stories from the year that stood out to our staff.

Now it’s time to break down some of the stories that resonated most with our readers.

Here are the 10 most-read stories, in descending order, as ranked by page views. We’ve tossed in a handful of updates where appropriate.

10) “Rockies release more details for lot near Coors Field” (June 6)

Rendering of the planned mixed-use development southwest of Coors Field. (Stantec)

The Colorado Rockies first announced their plans to develop a parking lot in late 2017. In May, the team submitted a site-development plan to the city that provided more specific details about the project.

Since then: The project has broken ground.

9) “Dog fight: Fido-friendly businesses snap at Denver’s proposed off-leash rules” (July 18)

Justin Henry, owner of the Watering Bowl, expressed concerns that new regulations in the city of Denver will take a bite out of his sales. (Brendan Pedersen)

The owner of the Watering Bowl, a bar and restaurant with an Astroturf patio where humans can hang out with their dogs, spoke to BusinessDen in July about concerns regarding proposed city regulations.

Since then: Regulations haven’t been finalized. The Watering Bowl recently encouraged its Facebook followers to attend a public hearing on the matter.

8) Former Masonic lodge in Lakewood being converted to microunits (Aug. 8)

A rendering of the Indy Street Flats development. (Metro West Housing Solutions)

Metro West Housing Solutions, a nonprofit that owns and manages apartment complexes in Lakewood and Denver, started renovating the former lodge at 1440 Independence St. in Lakewood in August.

7) “Campervan startup doubles fleet, starts selling kits” (June 15)

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Customers can purchase instead of rent vans that Contravan builds. (Native Campervans)

In June, BusinessDen reported that Denver-based Native Campervans had expanded the fleet of decked-out Dodges it rents to tourists looking to cruise and spun off a sister business.

6) “Chain of Denver sandwich shops closes” (Oct. 23)

Kevin Singer makes a Dixie Chicken (chicken salad) sub sandwich. (BusinessDen file photo)

Fat Jack’s Supersubs’ three locations in LoHi, Baker and Auraria abruptly closed in October. The chain once had a larger presence locally.

5) “Facebook leases 23K square feet at Union Station” (March 12)

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Facebook now occupies the seventh floor of 1900 16th St. in Denver. (Thomas Gounley)

BusinessDen was first to report that the tech giant had leased a floor in the 17-story office building at 1900 16th St. in Denver.

Since then: The company moved into the space last month. 

4) Gluten-free brewery goes big on new production facility (April 4)

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Founder Karen Hertz at the site of the planned Golden production facility. (Kimberly Swanson Photography)

A 2-year-old brewery in Golden that produced 750 barrels of beer in 2017 is building a facility capable of producing 20,000.

3) Elitch Gardens replacement plan renderings show skyscrapers (March 8)

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A rendering of Elitch Gardens shows towers that rival those in the Central Business District. (Revesco)

In May, Revesco Properties CEO Rhys Duggan showed the first renderings of The River Mile, the neighborhood-sized mixed-use project that is slated to eventually be built at the site of amusement park Elitch Gardens.

Since then: This month, Denver City Council approved a development agreement and a rezoning for the 58-acre property. 

2) Denver Diner sells for $3.6M (July 16)

Denver Diner is located at 740 W. Colfax Ave. (Thomas Gounley)

Denver Diner owner George Skordos sold the property where the business operates, at 740 W. Colfax Ave., in July for $3.6 million to Brue Baukol Capital Partners. The firm’s CEO said the restaurant was leasing the space back and would “not be going anywhere anytime soon,” but didn’t respond to additional questions.

Since then: Denver Diner continues to operate and no redevelopment plans have been submitted to the city.

1) “Unhappy at $550K drop, sellers of Evergreen mansion sue brokers” (July 31)

In July, a disgruntled Evergreen couple that sold their 8,000-square-foot mansion for $550,000 below their asking price turned on their one-time broker and the agent who represented the buyers.

Since then: The case is ongoing.

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