Coffee at the Point, a staple in the Five Points neighborhood, is temporarily closed, according to a newsletter from owner Ryan Cobbins.
“It is with many mixed emotions and feelings that we take immediate action toward a better coffee shop,” Cobbins wrote. “Effective immediately, Coffee at The Point will temporarily close for a makeover, do-over, and remodel.”
The newsletter was sent out over the weekend and the sentiment was echoed on the coffee shop’s social media pages.
Cobbins opened the shop at the Five Points intersection in 2010 . Since then, the establishment has won numerous awards and has become a community hub in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood.
He said a mixture of issues has caused the shop to close, including inflation, labor costs and staffing issues. He also mentioned the ongoing legal battle between him, several other businesses along Welton Street and The Flyfisher Group.
Westword previously reported that the relationship between Cobbins and Flyfisher’s Matthew Burkett took a negative turn and Burkett is currently suing Cobbins for a breach in contract. Cobbins isn’t the only one having a dispute with Burket.
According to Westword and BusinessDen, Burkett is suing Mike Millard, owner of Get Busy Livin Studios. A lawsuit was settled earlier this year between Burkett and the owners of Agave Shore, Chuck Jones and LeJon Vivens. Welton Street Cafe owner Fathima Dickerson told the Post she was threatened by Burkett with eviction regularly, which forced her to close up shop. Sarah Woodson, founder of the Color of Cannabis, also said Burkett created a “hostile situation” with her business.
“In the last year, there have been a compounding amount of events that have been taxing,” Cobbins wrote in the newsletter. “The most profound has been watching the decimation of my neighborhood with one person single-handling working to exit businesses, including this beloved friend that I idolized suing Coffee at The Point; and him sending legal papers to [seven] other businesses and individuals in the Five Points neighborhood. There’s been enough written about this ongoing issue.”
Cobbins said the shop is expected to reopen September 13, a month before its 12th anniversary. Cobbins added that the shop will have a new look along with a new attitude.
“Thank you for your understanding, patience and love,” Cobbins wrote.
Cobbins did not immediately respond to Denverite’s comment request.