Popular Denver soccer bar Three Lions Pub on East Colfax closes for rebranding — The Know

Elizabeth Brown (L), Nancy Thompson (M) and John Thompson react after an in depth shot on objective by the USA throughout additional time in World Cup Action. Fans gathered at The Three Lions on July 1, 2014, to observe the United States take on Belgium within the World Cup. (John Leyba, The Denver Post)

There are large adjustments coming to the Three Lions on East Colfax Avenue.

The soccer supporters group American Outlaws Denver posted an image at 5:30 Monday night time that confirmed a person recognized as common supervisor John Forget holding up a paper that learn, “Here’s to all of you that were a part of Three Lion. Much love from The Forget’s (sic). All good things must come to an end.”

“Sad news, The Three Lions Pub has closed,” the caption learn. “So many great times on East Colfax the past seven years.”

The standard spot at 2239 E. Colfax Ave. dubbed itself “a world football pub, established 2011.” It would open early within the morning so followers may watch English Premier League, and soccer followers may board buses from the situation to Rapids’ and nationwide soccer group video games with fellow supporters.

It posted to its Facebook web page simply two days in the past: “Today at 930am, Tottenham Hotspurs vs Manchester United.”

“The population of the planet Earth is approximately 6.93 billion people at present, and some 6.6 billion of them view football as their sport of choice,” the restaurant and bar’s web site says within the “about” part. “Football and local pubs go hand in hand the world over, and the Three Lions is no exception. There is nothing quite like ‘heading down to your local for a pint of fine ale, some comforting food, friendship, and a bit of footy on the telly.’ ”

The bar additionally hosted Geeks Who Drink trivia, joyful hours, each day lunch specials and extra.

Former common supervisor Joe Sturges stated the restaurant closed Monday morning when an all-staff assembly was known as to ship the information.

The workers, most of which was let go, he stated, was advised there will likely be a rebranding to a common sports activities bar in a couple of month, Sturges added. The similar firm, Little Pub, will retain possession, however has a special imaginative and prescient for the bar, in keeping with Sturges.

Little Pub Company additionally owns the British Bulldog, Don’s Club Tavern and different Denver space bars.

Mark Berzins, one of many homeowners of Little Pub Company, issued a press release that stated the money movement was simply not there with a predominantly soccer-focused bar.

“We are doing a light remodel on the space and will reopen in a few weeks as Colfax Sports & Brew,” the assertion stated. “Appreciated the great, loyal fans of the pub, but just could not find our way into the black with any regularity.  We will also be reducing our footprint a bit to lean down.We are hoping the new format, which welcomes all sports lovers, will give us a more viable bar.”

Sturges began working on the spot two World Cups in the past as bar again and doorman. He was promoted to supervisor in November.

“The place was amazing; it was a great time,” he stated over the cellphone. “I’ve been there for over five years. We had the best fans in the world,” he added, remembering how busy the bar would get for the World Cup even when the U.S. wasn’t in it, even getting visits from Colorado Rapids gamers.

“I’m kinda sad, but at the same time, it’s great to be working on new things, and we still have the British Bulldog. ”

Jonathan Boraz, member of the American Outlaws and Rapids Supporter Group, additionally shares the fond recollections of having fun with soccer at Three Lions.

“We’ve been going there since it opened,” Boraz stated. “Not simply as Rapids followers or U.S. followers, nevertheless it’s a house for worldwide soccer, be it the English league or worldwide tournaments. It was a spot that you would discover your individual nook and watch by your self, or share a typical expertise with different folks.

“It will be missed.”

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