Denver Bicycle Cafe and Tandem Bar will close at the end of October

This past spring, Denver Bicycle Cafe co-owner Jessica Caouette was hopeful about the next stage of her 8-year-old business.

She had repurposed the cafe’s adjoining beer hall into a full bar with a tavern license, hoping to provide more of a nighttime neighborhood hangout. The small patio out back played host to intimate concerts and events.

But this week, Caouette and business partner Peter Roper announced they are closing both the newer Tandem Bar and Denver Bicycle Cafe at the end of the month. Caouette said they have until around Nov. 5 to vacate both businesses in the corner building at 17th Avenue and Lafayette Street.

Denverite was first to report the news over the weekend.

“We don’t really have any options,” Caouette told The Denver Post on Monday. “We did try negotiation with the landlord, to talk through other options … but it’s very challenging to have a conversation with him.”

“Mediocre” summer sales, high business costs and construction in the neighborhood all contributed to the closure, which comes as their lease is up for renewal, Caouette said.