A developer wants to build a 995-square-foot coffee shop building on the property, which has been undeveloped since at least 2011.
Simeran Baidwan decided the pandemic was a good time to expand. He’s opening Lil Coffea Shop at 300 E. 6th Ave. this summer.
Sonny’s Mediterranean at 2622 W. 32nd Ave. was named after the owner’s Great Pyrenees.
Father-and-son franchise owners with East Coast and Colorado roots hungered for the classic Northeast cuisine, so they’re opening an eatery to make it.
“The pandemic really made us rethink our growth plans,” said Blue Island Oyster Bar owner Sean Huggard of expanding in Colorado instead of Miami.
“It’s a dark, dingy basement. But we’re doing our best to make it an awesome space for people to sip and enjoy vintage cocktails,” said the owner.
Owner Jimmy Seidel said they’ll open this summer, joining 24 current locations in Colorado, Missouri and Texas.
Councilwoman Kendra Black, who led the effort to enact a cap last fall, said the city will let it expire because COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants have been lifted.
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.”