BusinessDen published hundreds of stories on the local business scene in 2020.
Earlier this week, we reviewed some stories from the year that stood out to our staff.
Now it’s time to highlight some of the stories that resonated most with our readers.
Here are the 10 most-read stories as ranked by page views.
The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic was obviously the year’s top business story, and few industries were challenged more than the restaurant sector.
In 2020, we started talking about two kinds of closures. There were the temporary closures, restaurants that opted to shutter for one reason or another but expected to return. And then there were the eateries closing their doors for good. It could be hard to tell the difference sometimes.
In June, we started a running list highlighting the permanent closures. We updated the list through September.
2: Drone photos: Here’s how empty Denver looked this week (March 27)
In late March, when Denver’s stay-at-home order was in place, drone photographer and videographer Blake Rubenstein, owner of Guerilla Capturing, shared images with us of a bizarrely quiet downtown at midday.
In late April, Amazon sued Denver-based real estate firm Northstar Commercial Partners over what the retail giant is calling “a significant fraud and kickback scheme.” The lawsuit was initially sealed, so it was July when BusinessDen broke the news.
You’ll find more Northstar-related coverage further down this list.
In 2020, we supported local restaurants. But we also got very excited about a California-based burger chain coming to town.
In September, we broke news of the first location planned within Denver city limits. It’s still in the planning stages, although In-N-Out has since opened restaurants elsewhere in the state.
5: In-N-Out adds Thornton to list of planned locations (Sept. 14)
We were also first to report a planned location near Denver Premium Outlets in Thornton.
Here’s an only-in-Colorado story: In October, we reported that a 76-year-old man with an impressive diving pedigree had sued Lakewood eatery Casa Bonita. The restaurant employs divers to entertain guests, and Samuel Hernandez said he wasn’t given a chance to audition because of his age.
Follow-up: A month later, the CEO of Casa Bonita’s parent company spoke to BusinessDen, calling the lawsuit “an egregious abuse of the legal system.”
After Amazon sued Northstar Commercial Partners (see above), the company scrutinized the assets of CEO Brian Watson.
Follow-up: In December, 10 months after buying it, Watson put his Cherry Hills mansion on the market for $8.3 million.
Bluprint, a Denver-based startup that was known as Craftsy when it was acquired by NBCUniversal in 2017, announced in May it would shut down, disappointing a sizable fan base that found its way to our coverage.
Follow-up: TN Marketing, a Minneapolis-based online video subscription and streaming business, announced in Julythat it had acquired some assets of Bluprint from NBCUniversal.
Prior to Northstar Commercial Partners being sued by Amazon, the FBI questioned Watson and served a search warrant at his home. BusinessDen obtained the email he sent to family members and business associates, speculating on what had prompted the visit.
“It took from Wednesday to Friday of last week to destroy our majority good reputation,” Kindness Yoga founder Patrick Harrington said of the situation in June. “There were obviously people who felt mistreated and we were not perfect in that we were blind in certain areas, and we apologize for any harm done.”