“You look at South Gaylord, you look at Wash Park, it’s like, ‘Yes, this goes here,’ ” said a co-owner of Modern Bungalow of the 1028 Gaylord St. building.
Cantina Loca will showcase restaurateur Dana Rodriguez’s Doña Loca, which is produced and bottled by hand in Oaxaca, Mexico, and distributed in Colorado.
“It taught us we don’t need as big a space,” co-owner Erin Markham said of the coronavirus pandemic. “It taught us we need a patio.”
A developer is under contract to buy the real estate at 123 Speer Blvd., including a five-story octagonal tower, and will likely demolish the structure.
Amazon did not confirm it but a shopping center owner’s website refers to a “future grocery store” and “national tenant” taking the former Stein Mart space.
The 96-room property’s current owner had initially planned to convert the former Stay Inn at Peoria and I-70 into a Travelodge.
The city-owned venue, which made $52 million in 2019 and only $2 million in 2020 due to COVID, now charges acts a percentage of the door. It previously charged a flat nightly rental.
The company will ask the city to rezone the property between Larimer and Lawrence streets, and 26th and 27th streets for future redevelopment.
After unanimous approval, the measure heads to Mayor Michael Hancock’s desk. He “is not opposed,” a spokeswoman said, and will likely sign it into law.
Eight hotels have housed those at high risk or positive for the virus since last spring. The program has been federally-funded so far and may be extended.