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Downing St. Bar & Grille


I’ve received a bunch of phone calls of folks looking to reach the Downing St. Bar & Grille.  They are located at 305 S. Downing St and their phone number is 303-733-3923.

I was their second customer (really wanted to be first) and stop by often for an awesome omelette or cold beer.  Pam (the owner) is usually around in the mornings for the breakfast crowd and Paul (the owner) is usually always around for the evening crowd.  They have some great food, beer and servers.  They have some cool surprises in store, so stop by often.

Give them a try if you haven’t already.  BONUS:  Breakfast is served ALL DAY!!!


Kirk A Hartshorn 720-244-5454    RIDE ON!

Perry& Co


Downing St. Bar & Grille NOW OPEN!!

I’m a few days late in this post and announcement of Downing St. Bar & Grilles opening.  I’ve been in 3 times so far, for breakfast, lunch and dinner and am delighted with our new neighborhood restaurant hangout.  Paul, the owner, is there all the time (much to his wife’s chagrin I’m sure) to meet, greet, welcome, chat with and bid good evening to his  guests.   The wait staff is very pleasant and friendly and seem an asset to Paul’s high level of customer service and satisfaction .

The menu is, at this time, a holdover from the Handlebar and Grill for lunch and dinner.  The lunch and dinner menu will be revamped soon keeping about 70% of the HB&G’s menu items and adding some new ones.  The breakfast menu has all the favorites from breakfast burritos and omelette to corned beef hash and eggs.  The meal portions are generous indeed and quite a value for the money I’d say.

My wife and I went in this past Friday night for dinner and had an excellent meal.  She had the spinach salad and I had the fish tacos.  We ended up hanging out in the bar area until 12:00 am chatting with Paul and a couple of his neighbors who were also there for dinner.  There was a nice mix of patrons in the bar and restaurant and I was happy to see a number of families  with young children in for dinner. 

One thing I love about the Downing St. Bar & Grille is that they serve breakfast all day long.  There’s nothing like an omelette for dinner I always say.

So if you’re looking for a comfortable gathering place for a delicious, well priced meal, with a great variety of choices that stays open until 2:00 am on the weekends, go over and say hello to Paul at the Downing St. Bar & Grille.

Kirk A Hartshorn 720-244-5454   RIDE ON!

Perry &

West Wash Parks new hotspot!

Thinking back to days gone by, you may recall a little restaurant in West Wash Park on the SW corner of Downing and Alameda called The Park Lane Cafe owned by Paul Gatchis, Sr.  This was the neighborhoods hot spot for a great breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Always packed on the weekends, with mainly the local regulars, a restaurant loved and lost.  Fast forward to 1996; building demolished, parking and building re-situated into a shoppette, and a new local favorite restaurant  added, the Handlebar & Grill.  The brainchild of Mike Miller, who now owns and runs Basil Docs Pizza, a local cycle enthusiast and racer brings a theme to the masses of area cyclists.  Then in 2006 Mike sold this business and the theme seemed to lose its mojo without Mike and his fervor for cycling there to sponsor teams and talk cycling with the patrons.

Once again, fast forward, 2010, Handlebar & Grill is gone and there’s a new restaurant about to take West Wash Park by storm.  The owner of this building for more than 30 years, Paul Gatchis Sr., has now given control to son Paul Gatchis, Jr.  for a restaurant venture to set a new precedence in West Wash Park.  The Downing St. Bar & Grille looks to be the perfect mix of what this neighborhood needs in a favorite local breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour hangout.   The opening will take place next week sometime, so keep your eyes open!  Paul Jr. was able to keep most all the former employees of the Handlebar & Grill.  He’s revamped and expanded the lunch and dinner menus and added a full breakfast menu.   The kitchen equipment is all new, the dining room freshly painted,  booth benches recovered, tabletops redone and the new signs are up.

Paul plans on making this restaurant everything to everybody.  A tall order perhaps, but I think we’re all in for a pleasant surprise.  Having a new breakfast spot in the neighborhood seemed like the dream come true and only got better when I heard that breakfast will be served 7 days a week starting at 6:30 am, in March he will offer 2 for 1 breakfasts M-F, full coffee drink menu and with a coffee of the month offering.  Lunch and dinner will keep some old favorite dishes from the Handlebar & Grill but will have more seafood dishes, salad choices, a margarita menu, additional draft beer choices (soon to be 20 taps), expanded wine menu, daily beer and wine specials and 2 happy hours.  Paul wants it to be clear that his dishes will be made from fresh ingredients.  Hollandaise sauces and breakfast potatoes prepared fresh daily are just a couple examples of what to expect. 

The restaurant will open in its existing interior layout next week but will have a major facelift by May of this year in the bar area.  The bar area, in the west side of the building, will be doubled in size, the bar itself will be doubled in length with plenty of flat screen TV’s added for a great place to hang with your friends and enjoy the game over a good meal and drink.

So WWP’ers, please show your support for our newest addition to the neighborhood and walk on over to the Downing St. Bar & Grille, say hello to Paul and welcome him “back” to the hood.  

 Kirk A Hartshorn 



Perry & Co

WWP is abuzzzz with WASH PERK!


They say 3 times a charm, and this is indeed the case for 853 E. Ohio Ave., the location which is now home to WASH PERK.  I’ve seen 2 coffee shops come and go from this location, but will say in my humble, and coffee snobbish opinion, that WASH PERK is here to stay.  Neighbors/ partners/ owners Teri Meehan and Debbi Main found the elusive magical formula that creates a beloved and lasting  neighborhood coffee shop.  Just ask the multitude of regulars that congregate at the community table or kick back in the cushy chairs or just grab their coffee to go from WASH PERK daily.  

I’m fortunate enough to live 2 blocks from WASH PERK and since opening the doors on April 1, 2008 I’ve seen this welcomed neighborhood establishment come to life and flourish.  With Teri and Debbi being the forward thinkers they are, the early success of WASH PERK and with the cooperation of On A Lark next door, there are already plans for an expansion of WASH PERK in the near future.  This will make room for a larger coffee bar, more seating and a roomier space for folks meeting over a cup of coffee and scone to relax and enjoy.  Check out their calender of events  for some fun or educational event that may interest you or your kids.

With a prime location just 3 blocks west of Wash Park on Ohio Ave, corner of S. Emerson St., anybody taking a stroll over to the park from WWP or walking the dog through the neighborhood should stop by and grab a cup to go.  And of course it’s close enough for park goers to walk  to for a coffee break .  They have a great selection of baked goods (rotated daily), burritos, Quiche, bagels and gluten-free products to accompany their wide variety of hot, iced or specialty drinks. 


In this age of earth consciousness and awareness, WASH PERK makes every effort to minimize their footprint to our fragile planet.  The partnering with local suppliers, listed below, is only the beginning of how WASH PERK takes their responsibility to our planets sustainability very seriously. 

  • Kaladi Brothers Coffee organic/fair trade espresso drinks and whole beans              (I feel it’s the best coffee around)
  • Gemini Tea Emporium herbal tea
  • Sogni Dolci Bakery pastries and Quiche
  • Mame’s Caterings breakfast burritos
  • Royal Crest Dairy organic and hormone-free dairy products
  • WaterCourse Foods Bakery vegan and gluten-free products
  • Bluepoint Bakery
  • Coda Coffee Company
  • Mame’s Catering
  • Justin’s Nut Butter
  • I hope you will, like me, walk through the door of WASH PERK, breathe in the welcoming aroma of rich coffee and fresh-baked goods, feel the sincere ambiance created by the friendly staff and surroundings, hear the laughter and conversation of friends old and new, grab a seat, take a sip and say… I’m home.

    WASH PERK is located at 853 E. Ohio Ave and can be reached at 720-542-9209   You can check out more of their story, updates, events, etc at 

    If there’s anything you’d like to share about WASH PERK, please leave a comment.

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    • Check back soon for a WWP blog special for WASH PERK! 

    Kirk Hartshorn  720-244-5454  RIDE ON!

    Perry & Co