Mile High Life

Tavern Uptown going even more 'up' with rooftop

Column by Penny Parker
Posted 7/21/15

The building that houses the Tavern Uptown, a popular watering hole at 538 E. 17th Ave., is being redeveloped into a mixed-use project with plans to develop an eight-story building with roughly 315 …

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Mile High Life

Tavern Uptown going even more 'up' with rooftop


The building that houses the Tavern Uptown, a popular watering hole at 538 E. 17th Ave., is being redeveloped into a mixed-use project with plans to develop an eight-story building with roughly 315 apartments and 14,000 square feet of retail space, which will include the addition of a rooftop patio for the Tavern on top of the eight-story building.

A joint venture between Southern Land Co. of Nashville, Tennessee, and real estate investment firm GTIS Partners LP, headquartered in New York City, has announced plans for the redevelopment of a 1.5-acre site in the Uptown neighborhood.

Tim Downey, CEO of Southern Land Co., said, "We are delighted to have the opportunity to develop much-needed apartment housing in Denver while enabling a popular neighborhood gathering spot to continue to thrive and serve its loyal customers. This location offers the ideal setting to benefit the community, businesses and residents alike."

"We couldn't be more pleased with the site's proximity to downtown jobs and its easy access to Uptown's amenities and parks" added Ken Howell, CFO of Southern Land Co.

"Over the years, we've been approached by various developers who wanted to purchase our property," says THG Owner/CEO Frank Schultz. "We've always declined because we have a history in Uptown and could never imagine leaving the neighborhood. Tavern Uptown was our first location - the birthplace of Tavern - so it's pretty sentimental to us. We feel we're part of the fabric of the community and have grown with the neighborhood. Our regular guests have been coming for years and are family to us.

"Southern Land Company recognized our steadfast stance of keeping Tavern Uptown in our same location. They proposed a plan, which includes Tavern Uptown in the redesign of their new multifamily building. This is a really exciting opportunity for us to keep Tavern Uptown in the community, yet create a bigger and better version." The Tavern Uptown will not close for rebuilding until early next year.

The Tavern has seven other metro-area locations - Downtown, Lowry, Denver Tech Center, Wash Park, Ballpark, Mile High and Littleton.

Boulder's St. Julien honored

Travel + Leisure magazine has announced the results of its 2015 World's Best Awards, and for the first time, St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulderhas been recognized as one of the Top 25 Large City Hotels in the Continental United States. Hotels with more than 100 rooms are deemed "large" by the magazine.

The Four Seasons Hotel Denver was the only Denver hostelry included on the list.

"We're incredibly honored to be named one of the top hotels in the country," said Bob Trotter, St. Julien Hotel & Spa general manager. "St. Julien has been an annual member of the Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice list, and we're ecstatic to now be recognized as a top hotel by not one, but two of the top travel publications in the world."

The Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards rely on guest experiences. Hotel rankings are based on readers' ratings of five characteristics: rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value. This year's results will be featured in the August issue of the magazine, as well as on

A distinguished member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts, a AAA Four-Diamond Property and a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Hotel, St. Julien Hotel & Spa features 201 guest rooms, the 10,000-square-foot Spa at St. Julien, dining at Jill's Restaurant and T-Zero Lounge, and more than 16,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space - all with views of Boulder's famed Flatirons and the Rocky Mountains.

ABBA tribute band rocks Red Rocks

The Swedish pop group ABBA is a worldwide sensation that continues to lure millions of young and old fans to their infectious feel-good songs through films ("Muriel's Wedding," "Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert") and the Broadway musical and film hit "Mamma Mia!" In an interview with the Associated Press, songwriter Bjorn Ulvaeus said that ABBA would never do a reunion tour. "Money is not a factor, and we would like people to remember us as we were. Young, exuberant, full of energy and ambition." Well, here is your opportunity to relive the ABBA phenomenon.

The Music of ABBA With Arrival From Sweden, the world's foremost ABBA tribute show, comes to Colorado at 8 p.m. July 29 at Red Rocks Amphiteatre (doors open at 6:30).

For more information, and to sample music and video on the band, go to

Tickets are $34 general admission (plus service charges), and available at and all Ticketmaster centers. To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000.

This concert benefits Colorado Public Television 12.

Whole Foods heads downtown

Construction is underway on Pivot Denver, the approximately 580-unit mixed-use community located at the corner of 17th and Wewatta streets, adjacent to the recently revitalized Union Station. This development covers an entire two-acre city block and will be home to Whole Foods Market's new 56,000-square-foot flagship Denver store.

"As new apartment buildings rise throughout the Denver metro area, it's critical to be able to provide services and amenities that not only accommodate apartment residents, but will also meet the needs of the surrounding community," said Peter Petricca of Holland Partner Group.

Upon completion in April 2018, Pivot Denver will comprise approximately 67,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, one level of underground parking, and three levels of above-grade parking. Sitting on top of the retail/parking will stand three 10-story towers containing approximately 580 luxury residential units. The three towers will be connected by a central amenity building, surrounded by three separate outdoor recreation and living areas.


Eavesdropping on a man's Facebook post: "Today's PSA. For both men and women. If your feet look like they could hold onto a branch, maybe you shouldn't wear flip-flops. Yellow toenails are not cool. Love, the rest of us."

Penny Parker's "Mile High Life" column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.


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