The future of Welton Street Cafe is still unclear as it prepares to close its doors on March 12 after 36 years in business – 22 of them at 2736 Welton Street. Although its owners, the Dickerson family, have rented a new location just down the street at 2883 Welton Street and raised almost $100,000 for the construction of the new restaurant, the total cost of the project will be around $600,000. , says Fathima Dickerson, who is a spokesperson. for the family business.
The new building is hollow, requiring electricity, plumbing, and a full kitchen and bar, the latter being a new addition to the restaurant, which previously had no liquor license.
The restaurant’s GoFundMe campaign, launched in January, has raised $93,536 so far, most of which has come early. “Momentum [for the GoFundMe] decreased significantly,” notes Fathima. “But the support we’ve gotten has been super, super beautiful to see.”
The community has also stepped up additional fundraising. Local retailers produced and sold Welton Street Cafe hardware and businesses held events, while customers visited frequently. The next step will be to seek out a financial institution to partner with, which the Dickersons have not yet had success with. But first, Fathima and her family must focus on closing the restaurant and serving its customers until its last day. “People are flocking,” notes Fathima.
She estimates that once the permits have been obtained, which will take a few months, the construction of the new restaurant will take another five to seven months. In the meantime, the Dickersons are making the rounds of the commissary’s kitchen options so they can offer catering services and pop-ups. They are looking for a temporary space that includes both a kitchen and a small lounge area, but nothing has been finalized yet.
The closure and fundraising for this Denver institution has been an emotional journey for the family, but they remain hopeful that after nearly four decades in the community, the absence will be temporary.
Follow Welton Street Cafe on instagram and Facebook for updates on his move and fundraising efforts. The restaurant will be open at 2736 Welton Street from From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday and from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday until March 12.