Monday, May 2, 2011

+Denver Happy Hour @ Blake Street Vault (1526 Blake Street, Downtown Denver), Tuesday, May 17th, 5:30p to 7:30p

The Co-Host for the Mays’ Denver Happy Hour is Kevin Diep, Systems Enterprise Architect & also a business owner (PSI- Policy Studies). I think I met Kevin maybe 4-5 years ago several times at social events. He’s become one of my best platonic guy friends in the universe. Please scroll to the bottom of this email for more info. Blake Street Vault happens to be one of Kevin’s favorite hangouts. So come join us..

Please join us on Tuesday, May 17th

Blake Street Vault

1526 Blake Street, Denver


Complimentary Appetizers

Happy Hour Specials

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Co-Host for the Night:

+ Kevin Diep


“I grew up in Colorado since fall of 1980 as an immigrant from Viet Nam. I remember when my mom purchased our very first home computer in 1990s, it was an IBM PS/2 Personal Computer. As a pre-teen, I became very fascinated about the inner-working components of a computer and fortunate for me, I had one to mess around. I spent nights and days reading technical documents, tearing down each component to study it further. Needless to say, my social interaction with human beings was lacking due to my insane passion for computer electronics. I intended a vocational college in Denver, soon after graduation; I began my I.T. career with contracting DOI as a Help Desk Technician and eventually moved my way up the corporate ladder now as a Systems Architect for Policy Studies, Inc.

Policy Studies, Inc. is a Denver based company located in LoDo. This organization provides outsourcing programs for Child Support and Government Health Services nationwide for State and Local agencies. Policy Studies, Inc. first outsourcing operation intuitive was for the 10th Judicial District for the state of Tennessee Child Support office. As a matter of fact, this operation was the first of its kind in the nation and is still maintained by Policy Studies, Inc. after 20 years of service.

I’m also a volunteer for a local charity called “Bridging Hope”. Bridging Hope is a Colorado Non-Profit organization whose mission is to provide assistance to indigent, ill, disadvantage and disabled women and children in Viet Nam both by raising awareness of their needs among citizens of Colorado and other Americans, and by creating opportunities for charitable giving to support programs and projects in Viet Nam.

What does Bridging Hope Support?

- Creates job opportunities for physically disadvantage women

- Supports educational possibilities

- Supports educational workshops on HIV/AIDS

Bridging Hope website:

Upcoming charity event:

For extra credit. I own and operate a very small business e-commerce with my brother. We specialize in service, repair, resell and purchase of consumer electronics mainly popular game consoles, handheld game devices, mobile computing devices, laptops and LCD monitors of any brand name. Company’s website: or eBay:” or eBay:

Kevin Diep

Systems Enterprise Architect

Policy Studies Inc. (PSI) — Transforming policy into action.

1515 Wynkoop Street

Suite 400

Denver, Colorado 80202-1730

303.285.7448 Direct

720.837.5516 Cell

303.295.0244 Fax

PSI works with our clients to develop the most effective solutions for connecting people to programs at the lowest cost—and to transform public policy into programs that achieve tangible results.

+ More About Blake Street Vault

Given Blake Street Vault's proximity to the LoDo Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, I braced myself for an overly enthusiastic after-work crowd during a recent visit.

Perhaps it's the lack of a sidewalk clapboard announcing the specials or the absence of neon signs, but the Vault lives up to its name as an almost-secretive, surprisingly cool, and quiet place. Inside, it feels like a bar you'd find a few blocks off the beaten path, not on it.

We opted for the tall, dark booths next to exposed brick walls, and I promptly ordered a schooner of Sierra Nevada. The 18-ounce glass goblet is so heavy I had to use both hands to swill it.

But the Vault is very much a Jack Daniel's bar. A glass case filled with various bottles of Jack greets you on the way in, and large Jack barrels line the bar. Friday and Saturday nights (from 6 to 9 p.m.) feature tastings of the popular whiskey.

Happy hour runs 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Food specials include $1.75 wild boar (yes, boar!) sliders, 75-cent hot wings (made using Jack), and $2 fried cheese curds (be warned---it's a very big basket). Check the Web site for happy-hour drink specials, which change weekly. ~

1526 Blake St., 303-825-9833