The word just came down…the Purple Martini will not be allowed a liquor license. As a resident in Old Town, I don’t feel any sadness. A ten-thousand square foot bar, open primarily at night, this in my mind does not promote growth for a downtown region that already has some problems remaining vital. Currently, the retail to restaurant ration is too far skewed, and this would not help out the longevity, or the sustainability, of Old Town. Two days of liquor hearings have balanced that fact out.
A lot of the testimony that’s come out, I agree with, especially living down here. There are too many problems concurrent with the current ratio–broken windows, obnoxious ambulators, various offal on our properties and business steps. Something we’ve come to accept living down here, but not one we care to encourage.
The interesting part was sharing details with our Denver relatives for Thansgiving..the very same “young professionals” that the bar was trying to lure in. In Denver, even in LoDo, where the young professionals thrive, the Purple martini had to move on due to lack of business…in a climate very similar in ratio to Fort Collins, but very dissimilar in wages and employment. Yet this bar was going to gain this cleintele. Sadly, I, and apparently many others saw the same future here for the bar, one where the owners will need to cater to the college crowd, which tends, historically, to be the root of many alcohol related problems here. Want more evidence? Ask the owner of the Crown Pub, who at one point, when he opened, told the newspaper that they wouldn’t allow the “Blue-jean, blue collar crowd” in. That has changed to keep the bar open. Even my friends down at Lucky Joe’s, who were aiming for the twenty-five and older crowd had to come to a realization that to earn money in Fort Collins as a bar, one must consider and include the college crowd’s disposable income, for they’re the only one’s who don’t watch their money as tightly.
To top it off, the manager of the Purple Martini stated, “You can bet I’m going to keep my eye on the city. The minute the gavel pounds down in favor of another liquor license down there, I’m calling my attorney about a lawsuit.” I believe the residents and business owners down here have but one response, “thank you!”
Couple of links from our local “newspaper”