Cowboy style at new N. Chestnut nightclub
Space available after Howard’s BBQ relocation
With the Howard's Pit BBQ relocation to the east side, a country-flavored restaurant/tavern opened in its place last month at 3350 N. Chestnut St. (about a quarter-
mile north of Fillmore).
The Carey-On Saloon's features include food (a full dinner menu plus brunch on weekends), liquor, dancing, poker (from the Denver Poker Tour to friendly games), DJ, karaoke, outdoor patio and live music (local bands Saturday nights with a cover charge).
Owner LeShawn Carey remodeled the 10,000-square-foot building's interior, installing a dance floor in the center area, adding a pool room, a poker room, a second bar and "washer pits" (a Texas game similar to horseshoes in which the accuracy involves large metal washers).
She especially relishes the dance floor - 750 square feet of Australian cypress hardwood. She said she's enjoyed dancing to country music since she was a little girl and her grandparents had a band in Casper, Wyo. That love continued with her family's move to Colorado Springs (she's lived on the Westside for about 10 years). Her belief that the city lacked a place for "real country" dancing inspired her to start Carey-On, she explained.
Eventually, Carey hopes to start offering dance lessons at the saloon.
It's her first time owning this type of business. She formerly had a welding shop and still practices welding art as a hobby.
The new address for Howard's is 1169 N. Circle Drive. Howard Smith had started the business on West Colorado Avenue nearly 40 years ago, and it had been in the North Chestnut building for the past six years.
In an interview this week, Gentry Smith, his son and co-owner, said the relocation followed his dad's retirement and a business decision to move away from alcohol and return the restaurant to its original focus on food.
Carey-On is open Tuesday through Saturday. Additional services are private parties, meetings and "beautiful Western weddings," according to a flyer.
How has business has been so far? "Great," Carey said. "Every week has been better than the last."
The menu reads "Well, come in" at the top and, at the bottom: "Real people, real country." Carey's grandmother, Bernice Bogart, would have liked that.
She didn't quite live to see the opening of her granddaughter's saloon, but LeShawn still affectionately recalls her advice: "Keep it country, and you'll do good."
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