Memphis Cue Bar, a pool hall for serious players, eyes March opening on Broadway

The Speer spot will take over a former wig shop.

Outside the forthcoming Memphis Cue Bar on Monday, Oct. 14, on Broadway in Denver. (Esteban L. Hernandez/Denverite)

Outside the forthcoming Memphis Cue Bar on Monday, Oct. 14, on Broadway in Denver. (Esteban L. Hernandez/Denverite)

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The Memphis Cue Bar at 333 N. Broadway is still under development but should be open by next March, according to owner David Mot.

The Speer bar will hold six professional pool tables. He’s hoping to attract top-notch pool players and people hoping to learn more about the sport. He wants to attract professional players, including bringing in champion pool players.

“There are no bars like this in Denver,” Mot said. “There are pool halls, but there’s a couple of downtown … so really, there is no place for serious pool players.”

Mot said he’s been using the space for private billiards tournaments since August. But it’s not officially open as a full bar and restaurant, as its kitchen and bar still need work. The plumbing and heating and air conditioning systems also need work.

The bar got its liquor license from the city in March. The site is pending inspection, according to the city’s Department of Excise and Licenses.

Mot expects to hire between three and five employees including bartenders, servers and cooks for the roughly 3,200 square-foot space. He said it will accommodate about 40 to 50 people once it’s operational.

Another amenity Mot said his billiards bar will have that others won’t: cameras that allowing for game recordings. He said this can be done for tournaments or for players hoping to improve their technique.

Mot has been in Denver since 1995. He moved here from Florida and has owned bars along Colfax and in downtown Denver.

The future Memphis Cue Bar site once housed Studio Lites, a wig shop that Westword reported catered to the city’s burlesque and drag communities. The shop relocated to a space around the corner on Third Avenue.

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