Campus Lounge will reopen, again, but with a new name

Employees of 13 bar homeowners who’ve seen success in Denver’s Highland hope to be there to keep away from losing Campus Lounge, which has modified palms thrice in two years inside the Bonnie Brae neighborhood.

The closing two variations of the 40-plus-year-old bar lasted decrease than six and 9 months, respectively.

But the home house owners of LoHi’s Recess Beer Garden have leased the setting up and commenced remodeling the home with plans to reopen by mid-December. They’re giving the bar a “summer camp” actually really feel, in line with co-owner Owen Olson.

Playing off the youthful nature of Recess, they’ll adorn the Lounge in the 1970s “outdoor camping” decor, they normally flip an aspect consuming room into a sports house.

“Most of our ownership group grew up in this neighborhood,” Olson acknowledged. “We remember going in here with our parents and running around.”

Nostalgia has carried out an essential place inside the Campus Lounge’s a variety of revivals since its longtime proprietor and All-American University of Denver hockey participant and Blackhawks veteran, Jim Wiste, died in early 2018. Vic Romer was the distinctive proprietor, inside the 1960s, of the bar by a similar name.

Shortly sooner than Wiste’s dying, in 2017, native restaurateur, Dan Landes took over the enterprise and cleaned up the sports activities actions bar, together with within an inventive meals menu and — controversially — eradicating the bar’s TVs. Reviews of the Campus Lounge’s new course had been blended, if not confused.

Then, following Landes’ departure, father-and-son companions Dan and Jeff Nickless tried to reinstate a “living room atmosphere” to the bar and as well as reinstall some 14 flatscreens. Their experiment lasted virtually 9 months, closing in July.

Now the Recess employees are stepping in, and holding the televisions but going for a specific combination of campy steakhouse and children’ arcade. The meals and drinks menus will give consideration to “cheaper” beef cuts and cocktails, along with pitchers of beer and an “old-school” salad bar, Olson acknowledged.

One essential distinction: Because of approved factors with the sooner homeowners, Olson and his companions can’t protect the name Campus Lounge. And whereas they haven’t but nailed down the new name, some decisions are Campus Lodge and Summer Camp Lounge, Olson acknowledged.

At least the neon Campus Lounge sign will preserve.

“This neighborhood’s our home,” he acknowledged, “and we don’t want to see the place just completely go away.”

Olson and his companions are betting on this and further Denver corporations long-term. Across town, they’re engaged in two additional duties at a similar time. First, they’ll develop Recess onto the lot subsequent door, with a new outdoor bar and one different lower stage to the beer yard. That’s set to open subsequent summertime.

And at an abandoned home at 1077 S. Pearl St., they’re setting up one different concept from the underside up. It will be a supper membership and brunch restaurant, but to be named and deliberate for some time in 2021.

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