Friday, May 29, 2015

Green Man closes under murky circumstances

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 4:59 PM

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Posted by Green Man Taproom & Beer Garden on Thursday, May 28, 2015

So I walked down a block from our offices to find this notice on the door at 320 S. Weber St.:

click to enlarge The sign on the former Green Man Taproom as seen Friday, May 29. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • The sign on the former Green Man Taproom as seen Friday, May 29.

I then called Green Man proprietor Scott Simmons for comment. He took my call, but said he was on the phone and would have to call me back. He didn't, and since hasn't responded to another message left hours later in the day.

Following a tip, I reached out next to the Colorado Springs Police Department, and obtained the following document, pertaining to a service call on Wednesday, May 27. As you can read, it documents the caller — building landlord Lynn Schlemeyer, former owner of Garden of the Gods Gourmet — reporting "old tenants who have been evicted via court order and are now bck on scn [sic] ... broke locks."

I spoke to Schlemeyer and her attorney and next obtained the following document, which is a court order issued Friday, May 22, awarding "immediate possession of the property" to LWP Properties, Schlemeyer's company.

Inside of that report you can read about the alleged water damage and claims made by both the plaintiff (Simmons) and defendants (LWP Properties) regarding rent delinquencies and responsibility over the damage. 

Meanwhile, another tip led me onto Craigslist, where a large 20-tap setup is for sale for $1000, along with other items appearing to be from the same seller locally. The setup does appear quite similar to that used at Green Man, pictured here:

click to enlarge Green Man proprietor Scott Simmons in mid-2014. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Green Man proprietor Scott Simmons in mid-2014.

We will update this post with any further information as it becomes available. 

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