DENVER - RiNo bar Cold Crush reopened Thursday night, a week after it was stripped of its liquor license and declared a public nuisance in wake of a fatal shooting that happened just outside.
On Tuesday, Cold Crush management met with Denver City leaders including Councilman Albus Brooks, Denver Police and the Department of Excise and Licensing, according to Cold Crush co-owner, Musa Bailey.
“Basically, we just wanted to start a dialogue to begin sort of healing the issue of violence in this neighborhood,” Bailey said.
Over the past year, Cold Crush has received 438 calls for service, according to Denver Police. Nearly 60 percent of those calls involved off-duty officers working at the bar.
“I would imagine all the bars in the area have to deal with some sort of violence or another whether it’s a bar fight or, you know, people not wanting to leave [or go] home, so I think that’s just part of the nature of the business unfortunately,” Bailey said.
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On Thursday, Cold Crush reached an agreement with the city and was reissued its liquor license provided it follows certain conditions.
“They aired their concerns and we listened to them and we’re going to make amendments and adjustments to our business, and hopefully, this will all be for the better,” said Bailey.
Among the “adjustments,” Cold Crush will have to staff at least four security guards or off-duty Denver Police officers from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. between November and March. The bar must provide six security guards during the same hours between April and October. Security at the door must have ID scanners, pat down customers and use metal detector wands on everyone entering the bar.
“For a place this small, you know, for us to need as much security as we do, it’s kind of unprecedented,” Bailey said. “But again, we’ll do anything to keep our customers safe,” he added.
In addition to heightened security, the bar’s amended liquor license prohibits “gang attire,” dancing on the bar and daytime parties on Sunday. Last call must be announced at 1:00 a.m. and customers must leave by 1:30.
If Cold Crush follows these and other conditions stated in the liquor license, the bar will be allowed to operate, according to a spokesman for the city’s Department of Excise and Licenses.
On Monday, bar regulars rallied in hopes to get the bar to reopen.
“I think what we’ve gotten out of this is that we’re supported in this community and that’s probably the best feeling you can have as a business owner to know that this many people in this area –this many people frequent your bar – don’t want to see it closed,” said Bailey.
No arrests have been made in the death of 29-year-old Tyrone Adair Jr., who was shot to death in the early morning hours of Oct. 10.
Another man was wounded in the shooting.
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