By Eric Heinz
Local 46 Bar and Biergarten will close its location of 11 years on Sep. 30, this time for good.
Niya Gingerich, the owner of Local 46, recently announced the closure in a Facebook post. In 2020, the bar announced its closure for the first time when the building’s property owners were looking to sell.
“It is with the most heavy heart that we announce our final closing,” Gingerich said in the post. “I know we said it before, but it is for real this time.”
Delays in the sale prompted Local 46 to reopen for some time, even though they initially expected to leave the 4586 Tennyson St. location by October 2020.
At one time, Gingerich said she was looking to open another location called Local 38 at 3930 38th Ave., but the cost to bring the building up to speed was not feasible.
But she’s not giving up the search for a new building.
“We’ve been on a mission to find a new place, but that’s still (to be determined),” Gingerich told The Denver North Star.
The building was purchased in August 2021 by RPAI Tennyson LP, which is owned by Denver-based Revesco Properties and Alpine Investment Partners, for about $7.1 million, according to public records. The lot is 13,500 square feet, but RPAI has acquired several other contiguous lots on the 4600 Tennyson block, which will make the land space for the project total more than 54,000 square feet, a formal site development plan filed with the city shows.
City records show the plans are to construct a three-story mixed use building with 5,500 square feet of retail and six “dwellings” on the ground floor, with an additional 84 units on floors two and three and a roof deck. Calls to Alpine and Revesco were not returned.
While Gingerich looks for a new location, she said the camaraderie of the patrons and the fundraisers she held at Local 46 are the memories of which she’s most fond.
“We’ve held so many fundraisers for Edison and Centennial (elementary schools) and all the schools over the years,” Gingerich said. “Really it’s just about the family that we’ve created there of all the local neighborhood people, and it’s really become a second home for some of them.”
Editor’s note: In the August edition of The Denver North Star, this article incorrectly stated the sale price of the building. It was actually for about $7.1 million, according to public records. The author of the story pulled the wrong document. We regret the error.