Denver loses LGBTQ+ space Sir after three months of business

Sir, an LGBTQ+ space located in LoDo, has closed after roughly three months in business.

The bar and restaurant, which opened on Jan. 15, announced its closure in a since-deleted Instagram post on April 25. Co-owner Trey Stewart confirmed the news in an email to The Denver Post.

“We quickly realized that the needs of the Denver community were different from what we knew about the Dallas community, so with that being said, we decided it was best to pack up Sir and take it back to where it all started for us, the Lone Star State,” Stewart said in a statement. “We listened to the feedback that we got in Denver, learned a lot along the way and hope to make a comeback in the future with a better understanding of what Denver needs. Being a part of the LGBTQ community myself, I am always seeking to make a greater impact on the community that I call my own.”

Stewart did not elaborate on specifics of the sudden closure or the differences between the Mile High City and Dallas, where he and his father and business partner Tyler Stewart also own a gay bar called Mr. Misster. The latter opened in 2019 on Cedar Springs Road, colloquially known as the Dallas’ “gayborhood.”

The Stewarts had big ambitions for the short-lived Sir, calling the business “Mr. Misster’s bigger, cooler older brother” in an interview with GayCities.com. The kitchen served snacks such as burrata, bao buns and pork skewers, and the venue hosted DJs and drag shows.

Sir took over the space that was formerly home to Vesta at 1822 Blake St. in LoDo, and at 4,500 square feet, it was about twice the size of Mr. Misster, reported GayCities.com. Sir’s location also boasts more than 2,500 square feet of basement space, according to Mark Valente at Sanborn and Company, the broker handling the sale of the business’ lease.

The deal comes with the 5-year lease, Sir’s liquor and cabaret licenses, and several assets, including kitchen equipment, Valente said. Anyone interested in taking over the space can contact Valente directly at [email protected]

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