Neighborhood pub to open on 7th and Main

Tenacious Brothers Pub plans to open at 701 Main St. by the end of the year, ushering in the first sign of life at that address since the Cabaret Dinner Theater and the Spotlight Lounge closed last year.

Business partners Ben Dial, Mandi Kelley, Michelle Knapton and Justin Morgan began renting the old Spotlight Lounge location this month and hope to open the club as early as mid-November. Bands King, and Jack and Jill are slated to play opening night.

The concept for the bar, which will feature one or two live bands a week, karaoke, theme nights and music piped through a jukebox, is a neighborhood hangout where people can gather for music, have a drink and play video games. All of the pub owners have worked at the Quincy Bar downtown and hope to bring some fun ideas they brought to that bar to their own bar and come up with plenty more ideas.

The bar will also feature art from local artists, including Morgan.

Tenacious Brothers began with a conversation three months ago. Dial suggested to Kelley that they start a bar, and they had worked with Morgan and Knapton before and wanted to bring them on. The four started brainstorming and remodeling the bar. They received a conditional-use permit for the pub Tuesday from the city of Grand Junction. They expect to receive a liquor license Oct. 21, and invite anyone in favor of the bar or opposed to attend the hearing.

Knapton said she wants to hear from all sides before the bar opens, and the owners have talked to law enforcement, the city, and every home or business owner from Hill Avenue to Fourth Avenue between First Street and 13th Street.

“We want our customers to know we were thinking of them every minute we were planning this,” Knapton said.

They were also thinking of the people they’d rather not have as customers.

Bad behavior will not be tolerated, and the bar will be open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays and from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends to avoid the morning crowd.

“There’s enough places for people to drink and fight,” Dial said.

“The farther we can get away from that, the better,” Morgan said.


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