Harry’s shuts doors
July 10, 2002
Harry’s Velvet Room, Aspen’s sole martini bar, has been ousted from its prime Hopkins Avenue location while its owner faces a lawsuit for failure to pay back rent.
Joseph Krabacher, attorney for the partnership that leases the space at 316 E. Hopkins, declined to comment on the details of the case, saying only that the suit was filed locally.
“There’s a lawsuit pending in Pitkin County District Court, and we are in discussions with the tenant to resolve it,” Krabacher said.
The case itself was not available for review Tuesday evening.
Dion Antic, owner of Harry’s Velvet Room as well as 13 other nightclubs throughout Chicago, was served papers in May when his landlords failed to receive over $5,000 in rent and late charges for the month. Antic said at the time that a settlement would be reached within a few days of the notice, but matters apparently worsened. Krabacher said the suit was filed just recently.
Antic refused to comment on the lawsuit.
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“He’s not interested in talking to anyone from Aspen,” Antic’s receptionist said.
Harry’s Velvet Room isn’t the first martini bar to fold at 316 E. Hopkins Ave. The building, wedged between La Cocina and Mesa National Bank, once housed the short-lived Thai-Tini restaurant and nightclub.
Before Thai-Tini folded after less than a year in business, the original Howling Wolf nightclub made its home in the same space. The popular bar vacated the Hopkins Avenue locale when it moved into the space currently occupied by NXT.
Yet another restaurant or bar might be introduced to the building before the end of the summer. Krabacher said the space’s landlords have already received several calls from interested business owners, though “it’s not rented yet.”
Krabacher said the group preferred to help a restaurant move in to the prime space in an area the attorney called “restaurant row.”
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