“In the end, the Welcome Inn just wore out its welcome. Although the joint had always enjoyed a rowdy reputation, development was fast approaching — the Welcome Inn rated a nod as Best Endangered Neighborhood Bar in the Best of Denver 2017. And then in early January 2018, a still-unsolved double murder in the parking lot of 3759 Chestnut Street pushed the bar further down its long, slow slide.
Karl CdeBaca, a longtime resident of the area who’s owned the property for a decade, had put the prime corner on the market a few years ago; the graffiti-strewn “available” sign still stands in front. But now he’s put any plans to sell on hold: CdeBaca is leasing the place for five years, with an option to buy, to relatives Kourisa and Gil CdeBaca, and helping them transfer the liquor license. “He honestly just wants to keep it in the family,” says Kourisa. “It’s an amazing opportunity, and I’m ready to turn this place around.””
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Calhoun, Patti. Westword 22 February 2021.