• Tue. Apr 20th, 2021

ViewHouse owner Safieddine bets on Blake Street sports bar real estate

Denver restaurateur and nightclub owner Francois Safieddine bought the building with the Sports Column and the Refinery on Blake Street. (Courtesy of Lotus Concepts Management)

Francois Safieddine has added to his hand.

The restaurateur behind ViewHouse and My Neighbor Felix, who won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2007, is the registered agent for the entity that purchased the building at 1930-1932 Blake St. earlier this week.

Acting as 1930-1932 Blake LLC, Safieddine paid $5.2 million for the property, according to public records. FirstBank provided financing for the deal.

Safieddine did not respond Thursday to requests for comment made through his company, Lotus Concepts Management.

The building is home to two bars. Sports Column operates at 1930 Blake St., and the Refinery at 1932 Blake St.

Sports Column is located at 1930 Blake St. in Denver. (Thomas Gounley photo)

Reached by phone Thursday morning, a manager at Sports Column said Safieddine is also now the owner of the bar itself.

Safieddine has owned multiple Denver nightclubs through the years, and opened ViewHouse — known for its rooftop deck — at 2015 Market St. in 2013. Additional locations have since opened in Littleton, Centennial and Colorado Springs.

Safieddine’s most recent restaurant concept is My Brother Felix, which began serving pan-Mexican cuisine in LoHi last year. Additional locations are in the works.

Safieddine purchased the Blake Street building from DLSCO LLC, an entity affiliated with former Sports Column owner Don Stalkfeet. Records show Stalkfeet purchased the units separately, paying $272,500 in 1994 for 1930 Blake and $460,000 in 2002 for 1932 Blake.

Stalkfeet still owns real estate on either side of what he sold this week.

He purchased 1920 Blake St. in 2012 for $1.55 million, according to records. It is home to Swanky’s Vittles and Libations, another bar.

And Stalkfeet paid $1.19 million in 2017 for 1938 Blake St., home to sports bar Hayter’s & Co.

Safieddine, meanwhile, also purchased the building at 2200 Larimer St. for $8 million in late 2018. He sold the building at 1414 Market St. for $2.5 million in late 2019.