Popular downtown Denver bar Brass Tacks will close for good on Blake Street

The year 2019 seemed promising for Denver restaurateurs Stephen Julia, Katsumi Yuso Ruiz, Stuart Jensen and Zach Spott at their Lower Downtown bar Brass Tacks.

Prior to opening Brass, the team had tested their bar- and restaurant-running chops at two operations inside Denver Central Market in the River North Art District.

But 2 1/2 years after debuting their first brick-and-mortar concept in a renovated 19th century loft on Blake Street, they’ve announced its permanent closure. Brass Tacks will shutter after evening service on Sunday, Oct. 10. Meanwhile, the team’s other businesses across town are staying put.

“On a personal level, we’re (expletive) tired,” Julia told The Denver Post. “It was a tough year… And there’s just a lot of other stuff in our lives that we want to make sure all works.”

For its last nights, Julia hopes that founding bartenders and former staff will come back to the bar for guest appearances. So until Oct. 10,…

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