Whole Foods wants to open a bar in Capitol Hill

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The Capitol Hill Whole Foods has a fence around it. Nov. 6, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Capitol Hill Whole Foods has a fence around it. Nov. 6, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The Whole Foods seemingly returning to Capitol Hill could have a bar on the property, according to an application filed with Denver’s city government.

The upscale grocer, which served locals at 900 E. 11th Ave. until closing in 2017, proposed a bar with a seating area and a patio, according to documents filed with the city’s business licensing department.

Doing business as Whole Foods Market Taproom, the company first applied for the alcohol license in November. If approved, it would not allow the company to serve liquor — just beer, a spokesman for Denver Excise and Licenses said.

Similar bar-and-grocery concepts already exist in Whole Foods stores around the country, including in Oakland, Calif., El Paso, Texas, and Portland, Maine.

A public hearing on the liquor license will take place Feb. 3.

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