Bye-bye Burnsley


The Burnsley Hotel, a 17-story, all-suites hostelry originally constructed as an apartment building in 1963, will close Wednesday, Dec. 12, according to a 9News report and my spies. The story, however, does not quote hotel management or RedPeak Properties, the Denver-based real estate firm allegedly buying the property at 1000 Grant St.

When I contacted hotel general manager David Milito, he would neither confirm nor deny the 9News story except to say, “It’s not something I’m able to talk about at this time.”

A call to Mike Zoellner, president and CEO of Zoellner, was not returned last week. But I was told that several local musicians who performed at the hotel on a regular basis were basically given their pink slips a few weeks ago, saying that management was no longer booking gigs.

The Burnsley has been a popular temporary quarters for business travelers and was known by Capitol Hill residents for its great happy hour and dining room.

Shortly after it was built as an apartment building, the property was converted into an all-suites hotel with a jazz club.

Denver philanthropists Joy and Franklin Burns purchased the hotel in 1969 from an investment group that included singer Ella Fitzgerald and actor Kirk Douglas.

9News also reported that RedPeak plans to convert the hotel into apartments or condos.

Note to self: Since I live one block from The Burnsley, I’m making it my mission to revisit the bar at least once before the alleged closing to partake of the extremely happy happy hour.

Manning’s his man

Elmore Leonard, the 87-year-old author and winner of this year’s National Book Foundation lifetime achievement award, is the interviewee for Proust Questionnaire in the December edition of Vanity Fair.

Among the questions in the interview, Leonard is asked, “Which living person do you most admire?”

His answer? “Peyton Manning.”

Author, author

Denver Center Attractions and Nancy Rebek Productions present Works in Progress: An Intimate Evening With David Sedaris, best-selling author and NPR contributor, for eight performances Jan. 21-27 in the Garner Galleria Theatre.

Sedaris will present select readings that may be included in his new book, “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls,” due to be published in April. Audience reaction will, in part, determine the final edits to the publication.

Patrons may purchase a limit of four tickets per performance. Tickets are on sale at or by calling 303-893-4100.

Triple threat

For the third year in a row, Conde Nast Traveler has named The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain No. 1 on the magazine’s list of the Top 50 Ski Hotels in North America.

The magazine touts The Westin Riverfront’s “excellent location by the lifts” and extensive amenities, including the “amazing hot tubs and pool” and Spa Anjali.

For more information or reservations, go to or call 1-866-949-1616.

Larkburger’s new location

Downtown Denver finally has a burger bonus with the recent opening of the 10th Larkburger, on California Street just off the 16th Street Mall.

The Colorado-based, fast-casual burger chain’s newest outlet has regular hours from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

The award-winning restaurant group (Larkburger won this year’s Denver Burger Battle) is committed to being eco-friendly. For the new downtown location, that means chairs are made from recycled plastic bottles; canola oil is recycled for automotive fuel; cups, utensils and containers are 100 percent biodegradable; and reclaimed timber is used in the interior design.

Larkburger will open its next restaurant in Broomfield in mid-December. For more information, go to

One-man show

The Lone Tree Arts Center is bringing in Canadian comedian Charlie Ross with his show “One-Man Lord of the Rings,” a 70-minute performance where Ross portrays 46 characters (not counting the army of Orcs or the legion of Rohanians), for two nights at 8 p.m., Dec. 27 and 28.

A self-proclaimed “professional geek,” Ross has toured the globe for the past 11 years performing his frenetic solo shows at venues including off-Broadway in New York City to the Sydney Opera House.

Tickets start at $36 and can be purchased online at or by calling 720-509-1000 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The Lone Tree Arts Center is at 10075 Commons St.

Lakewood, seen

The Gateway to The New West, a fine-art photo collection featuring contemporary images of Lakewood, will be unveiled during a free open house from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

The collection will be featured as part of the Belmar Block 7 Art Walk, 455 S. Saulsbury St., at Anam Cara Living Arts Studio and Gallery, and is presented by Alameda Gateway, a member organization that promotes the Lakewood region.

The art walk also will include exhibits at Colorado Photographic Arts Center and True Colors Studio and Gallery.  The public is welcome and details are available at

Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.

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