Cold Crush says it is reopening tonight after coming to an agreement with the city

Cold Crush was empty and locked after its normal 4 p.m. opening time today. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Cold Crush was empty and locked after its license was suspended on Oct. 13, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Update 2, 5:30 p.m. Cold Crush’s liquor and cabaret license has officially been renewed, with a list of conditions that involve pat-downs and metal detector wands.

Documents provided to Denverite by the city list 10 conditions:

    1. Cold Crush must “develop and implement a security policy where licensed merchant/security guards shall pat down and use a handheld metal detector (wand) on each patron in order to prevent the introduction of weapons onto the licensed premises.”
    2. The bar must require government-issued IDs and use an ID scanner to check them.
    3. November through March, between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. Thursdays through Monday mornings, Cold Crush must have a minimum of four licensed merchant/security guards or off-duty Denver Police Department police officers providing security in and around the bar.
      During the same days and hours from April through October, the bar must up that number to six. If the number of patrons and employees is below half of the maximum occupancy, the number of security personnel can be halved.
    4. Cold Crush must secure back doors.
    5. It must announce last-call at 1 a.m. and require all customers to leave by 1:30 a.m.
    6. No dancing on the bar.
    7. No day parties on Sunday afternoons.
    8. On or before Nov. 30, 2016, Cold Crush must install exterior lighting that fully illuminates areas on all three sides of the building that face Larimer Street, 27th Street, and the parking lot adjacent to 27th Street. They must maintain that lighting.
    9. There must be a dress code that prohibits “gang attire, including but not limited to, doo rags, baggy clothing or gang-affiliated sportswear and baseball caps.”
    10.  Cold Crush must comply with occupancy limits established by the Denver Fire Code and the Denver Fire Department.

Update: City spokesman Dan Rowland said Cold Crush’s new liquor license is not yet finalized. It is still possible the bar could reopen tonight, but there are conditions in the new license agreement that the owners need to show they can meet.

The reopening announcement obtained by Reverb said Cold Crush will be open at 7 p.m., but even if the bar opened its doors without a license, it would be unable to sell alcohol or provide entertainment. According to the city of Denver website, the cabaret portion of the license is necessary to offer “live entertainment or dancing for its guests. Live entertainment includes karaoke music or entertainment offered by a disc jockey.”

Owners met with city officials this morning and came to an agreement, Reverb reported, a week after Cold Crush was served with an emergency suspension of its liquor and cabaret license.

Cold Crush said in the announcement that doors will open at 7 p.m.

City spokesman Dan Rowland told Denverite that while an emergency license suspension is good for 15 days, a license can be reissued at any time.

During the week Cold Crush was closed, its supporters and detractors have been publicly debating whether the bar deserved to be shut down more than any other late-night downtown spot. Denverite took a look at the available crime data and what it takes to suspend a bar’s license.

Ashley Dean

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