Biz Buzz:
Liquor license OK’d for expanded patio

       Recently opened at Thunder & Buttons, 2415 W. Colorado Ave., is an expanded outdoor “dining patio” for which a liquor permit was just granted.

Modeling for the new Thunder & Buttons patio are (from left) Heather Joffe, Kirsten Coleman and Shae Harter.
Westside Pioneer photo

       Located in front of the entrance facing onto the avenue, the new area features four black-metal tables with matching chairs and a perimeter defined by a low enclosure of the same metal. The previous outside seating space was about half that size with liquor not allowed, pointed out Heather Joffe, who has co-owned the restaurant/tavern with her husband, Eric Ivey, for almost exactly three years.
       The side of the patio enclosure that's closest to the sidewalk was intentionally lined up with the outdoor seating in front of the neighboring La Baguette bakery/restaurant, she said.
       Adding to the ambience, in conjunction with the Old Colorado City Security & Maintenance District, T&B designed and funded new brickwork for some of the public sidewalk beside its dining patio. Part of that work involved removing a corner of sod between the sidewalk and curb that pedestrians used to inadvertently trample on. “It was grassy, but mostly muddy,” Joffe recalled. “We think the work we did improves that area, and contributes to Old Colorado City.”
       The enhancement was driven by customer need. Not only do many people like to sit out front on nice days, she said, but the new patio should expand the T&B clientele to people with dogs who might like to have a drink but can't take their pets inside.
       Book copies available
       Copies of “The Quest for Bunny Island,” a children's adventure book by the Jordan family who publish the Westside Pioneer, are now available.
       The price is $11.95 (plus 91 cents sales tax).
       The 222-page paperback was published by the Pioneer, with printing by Publication Printers in Denver.
       For now, copies are available only at the Pioneer office.
       For more information, call 471-6776 or e-mail

Westside Pioneer/press release