A new downtown coffee shop has opened in the heart of the city, but the city council voted Monday to reject a request to allow one.
Coffee shop owner Josh Wintrich says he has been working with a group of local businesses to get the space ready.
He said he hopes to open by the end of the month.
“I’m a little overwhelmed because this is our first project,” he said.
“But we’re going to do everything in our power to get this project done.”
The proposal to allow the shop came from a group called the Denver Coffee Coalition, which includes Starbucks, Whole Foods and other local businesses.
It is the latest effort to allow coffee shops to open in the city.
Denver coffee shop opening plans face hurdlesCoffeeshop owner Josh Sisk has been meeting with local businesses in Denver to see if they can help him get his business off the ground.
Sisk says he’s optimistic he’ll get his idea approved.
“We’ve been talking with some of the small business owners in town, and they’re excited,” Sisk said.
Sisk hopes to serve the community coffee, and hopes to have a cafe on site as well.
He also said he wants to have it open in time for the upcoming Super Bowl.
“People have been waiting to see this come to fruition,” he added.
The council voted 4-1 to reject the request.
Councilmember Jeff Whetsel said the council’s goal is to get a coffee house open as soon as possible.
“It’s important to have that first step before we even get to that,” he explained.
Council member Kristine Knecht said the coffee shop was not in the original proposal.
She said she was worried that some businesses might not feel comfortable opening an opening day without a city permit.
The Denver Coffee Council is trying to get around that.
The group says it’s working with the city on permitting and zoning.