Lost Mojo: Popular downtown restaurant closes

By Kevin Denke
Posted 7/20/10

Sign up for news updates BRIGHTON - Mojo’s Grille, 174 S. Main St., worked hard to build a reputation as a community gathering spot. Its abrupt closure over the weekend left organizers of …

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Lost Mojo: Popular downtown restaurant closes

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BRIGHTON - Mojo’s Grille, 174 S. Main St., worked hard to build a reputation as a community gathering spot.

Its abrupt closure over the weekend left organizers of several community events scrambling to make other arrangements.

The Brighton High School class of 1970 scheduled the opening night of its three-day class reunion for June 25 at Mojo’s. Reunion organizer Marti Alter-Cudlip said she called the restaurant and was informed by the assistant manager that the restaurant would not reopen and its 30 employees would be let go. The group’s social event will go on at 6:30 p.m., June 25, at the Brighton Elks Lodge, 101 N. Main St.

The Brighton High School class of 1980 also planned to meet up at the sports bar for its 30th reunion on the same day. They have since relocated the event to Heritage Todd Creek Golf Club, 8455 Heritage Drive, Thornton.

The annual Sena Memorial Poker Run was set to ride out of Mojo’s this Saturday. It isn’t known where the organizers plan to kick off the event instead.

Outside of Mojo’s Monday, the marquee still advertised a UFC fight June 12, and the neon Budweiser sign still glowed red in the front window. Picnic tables and umbrellas that surrounded the corner restaurant were gone, and only the sand-filled umbrella stands remained.

Typed notices on the doors seemed to indicate there were plans to reopen the restaurant at some point. The notices read, “Temporarily closed for restructuring. Thanks for your patronage and we look forward to seeing you again soon.”

The closure followed the June 1 death of co-owner/manager Roger Baron. Baron, a restaurant industry veteran, joined the restaurant in September 2008. He was 43.

Mojo’s, which opened in 2007, was the brainchild of Brighton businessmen Gary Plock and Paul Greaves. Their goal was to create a local version of a LoDo-style sports bar in the downtown Brighton area.

“The world’s full of chains,” Greaves said at the time. “We’re not. We wanted to be a local’s place.”

They chose to renovate a brick building at the corner of Main and Egbert streets. The building was home in the past to a variety of businesses including a commercial laundromat and a ranch wholesale store.

In 2008, Greaves brought in Baron to be part owner and to handle day-to-day business operations. Baron said his intent was to give the restaurant a “Cheers”-type atmosphere. He also wanted Mojo’s to be active in the support of community events.

Greaves didn’t immediately return a call for comment on the future of the restaurant early this week.

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