Blake Street Vault (1526 Blake, Across from the RIO) Thursday, December 11th
Co-Hosts for the Night:
Siri Sellers – Director of Concierge for the Riverfront Park Neighborhood, firstname.lastname@example.org / 720.904.6904
Tim Kilgannon – Blake Street Vault email@example.com / 303.825.9833
~About Siri Sellers. A native of Thailand, then Lancaster, Pennsylvania and moved to Denver 7 years ago. Siri is known for organizing fun events in Downtown Denver for the pure enjoyment of getting people together for a great time. Her background is marketing for an engineering firm and leasing @ Archstone. She has been Director of Concierge for the Riverfront Park Neighborhood for over 2 years. She is genuinely helpful and can direct you to any resource you can think of.
~Blake Street Vault Walking through the Blake Street Vault, you can appreciate all the history -- as well as blood, sweat and beers -- that went into the creation of this new restaurant, which opened last month in the 1500 block of Blake Street, which has turned into a real restaurant row. The project was massive, since it involved taking one of the last unrestored buildings in lower downtown and getting it ready for the next 145 years. The original, two-story building at 1516 Blake Street was constructed shortly after a fire decimated five-year-old Denver in 1863, leading to a city ordinance requiring that all structures be constructed out of brick.
Among the first built on this block was the People's Restaurant at 1514 Blake and the Empire Bakery at 1516 Blake. Initially, 1526 held a boarding house and a saloon; then, after a renovation in the 1880s, it was home to assorted businesses, most recently American Costume Company, which had a two-decade-long run before it closed last year.
The new owners, including general manager Kim Reuter (who ran a number of joints around the state in the 1990s) and assistant manager Tim Kilgannon, did their best to keep as much of the building's heritage as possible. In the process, they unearthed some secrets, including underground tunnels used for brothel runs and bootlegging transfers, as well as the secret vault that inspired the restaurant's name. Pull up a stool at the bar of the Blake Street Vault, and you're likely to hear all about them -- and perhaps even meet the resident ghost, Lydia.-- ~ Westword
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