PT's becomes the (non-strip) Sick Puppy, The Front changes owners 

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Raising a Puppy

The former PT's Showclub, which closed at 2013's end, reopened as the Sick Puppy Saloon (5975 Terminal Ave., sickpuppysaloon.com) last week under new owners.

General manager Ed Ryan wants guests to know that the new entity most assuredly is not a strip club, though his own background includes more than 20 years' experience at outfits like Appaloosa Gentlemen's Club and Deja Vu Showgirls.

The Puppy bills itself as a "rock n' roll nightclub" instead, and a major renovation began in March to create an atmosphere that Ryan says is like combining South Beach, Las Vegas and Los Angeles into one, stylistically. "Only three other clubs in the U.S. have the light and sound systems that we have," he says, deferring on divulging the cost, but noting an extensive LED-lit video wall.

Live music will likely begin in six months or so, and DJs will hold down the party regularly in the interim. A basic bar menu of sandwiches, salads and fried items joins a bar selection that ranges from mass-market domestics to a tap for neighboring Rocky Mountain Brewery beers and Jesse James America's Outlaw brand whiskey.

Speaking on the move to put clothing on, Ryan says, "Business is business, and that's about the way you treat customers — I treat them like they're a guest in my home ... we'll be an environment for people to come to a safe place, especially women coming in alone." He adds that the strong security presence will include a walk to one's car at night's end. "We're going to be known for our atmosphere and friendly people."

No cover charge will apply for December and possibly January, he says, with regular happy hours available weekly and a special Wednesday night ladies night, where all guests can get $3 wells, wines and drafts.

A new Front

Former owners of The Front (1670 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., thefrontcs.com), the Pignatiello family, handed the keys to Travis and Jessalyn Lawley on Dec. 1.

Of the sellers, Travis Lawley says "their life was going in a different direction, plus there were a lot of hours involved."

Lawley has been in restaurants since age 15, when he started at the Minuteman Pizza Parlor in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. That was in 1988, and he ended up buying the place in 1997, also selling it on the first of December to relocate here, which he finds "not as hot" weather-wise.

The Lawleys aren't changing The Front's menu at all currently — "what they had is working, there's no need to fix it" — but as early as February they plan to add specials and expand pastas to include spaghetti and lasagna. They've also added lunch hours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, when only appetizers and pizzas (not pastas) are served.

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