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By Conor McCormick-Cavanagh, Westword | Number Thirty Eight, a popular RiNo music spot that won Best New Venue honors in Westword’s Best of Denver 2021, could soon lose its liquor and cabaret licenses over alleged violations of a noise agreement with the city.

“The licensees at Number Thirty Eight, they’re doing this to themselves,” says Tom Downey, a liquor license attorney representing neighbors who opposed a renewal of the venue’s cabaret license. “I’m thrilled for the neighbors who have had to put up with so much, and hopefully they’re finally getting justice here.”

On September 15, the Department of Excise and Licenses sent a show-cause order to the three co-owners of Number Thirty Eight — Spencer Fronk, Andrew Palmquist and Brad Arguello — that informed them they had to appear at a hearing on October 14 to argue why the venue at 3560 Chestnut Place shouldn’t lose its dance cabaret and hotel and restaurant liquor licenses.

According to the department, it sent out the order because Number Thirty Eight had violated the terms of a noise agreement with the city on at least fourteen occasions.

“As we’ve done for the past seven months, we’re continuing to work in partnership with the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses and our neighbors to find resolution so we can continue to offer a unique gathering place for our RiNo community, Colorado residents and visitors,” Palmquist says in a statement.
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Conor McCormick-Cavanagh is a staff writer at Westword, where he covers a range of beats, including local politics, immigration and homelessness. He previously worked as a journalist in Tunisia and loves to talk New York sports.

[In Number Thirty-Eight’s defense, there are 3 more apartment buildings being built within one block’s radius of the venue. No. 38 was there first! To me that’s like saying, “I built my house a half-mile away from DIA and now I’m going to complain about the airplane noise.”]

[Thanks to Alex Teitz for contributing this article!]

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