Valentes Corleons abandons commercial lease of 1962; What is the next step for the El Chapultec space?


“My American dream — dreaming all my life of bringing great venues to Denver — is over,” says Valentes Corleons, who until recently was the operator of Beta Event Center and Cabin Tap House, two clubs in the 1900 block. of Blake Street.

Corleons, whose legal name is Hussam Kayali, is now effectively out of Denver nightlife. Beta no longer has a liquor license, and Corleons says he will terminate his lease for the venue as soon as longtime 1909 Blake owner Colman Kahn sells the property. Corleons has already sold the Cabin Tap House building at 1919 Blake which he bought last summer for $2.5 million.

Oh, and more news: Corleons, who planned to turn the former El Chapultepec jazz club at 1962 Market Street into a new venue called Cantina, returned the keys to the building to its owner, Shames Makovsky real estate, who bought it after longtime El Chapultepec owner Jerry Krantz died ten years ago.

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Valentes Corleons says he’s done with Denver.

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“It’s the end right now,” Corleons says. But this is not the end of the comments on the Westword Facebook publication of this latest installment in the saga. Christian says:

His dream was a nightmare for others. Wise, man.

Chan adds:

“The city thinks I’m a bad guy, and they hate me so much. It breaks my heart that they never got to know me and hear what I’ve been through, see my side.”

It’s not dating, man. It turns out that when you run an establishment and it becomes a magnet for drugs and crime, the authorities will use their legal means to exclude you. You have to respect someone’s rules, not put your fantasies before everyone else.

Suggests Virginia:

I’m sure somewhere in America a small town is desperate enough to want someone like Corleons to run a bar there. He might even change his name again.

Tyler replies:

Funny, the city of Denver thinks closing these places will stop LoDo crime. Denver is becoming a big city and every big city has a crime. Get used to it. He better go somewhere else and make a name for himself in markets that understand that. The city will turn Beta into Chuck E. Cheese or something

Note Tyler:

The LoDo club scene has been a constant stream of literal flashing lights over the past twenty years: the emergency kind. I can sympathize with this guy as a business owner, but I can’t forgive his lack of taste. The thought of him doing anything in ‘Pec space makes me sick. I know it’s long gone, but it was one of the most amazing jazz clubs in the country for almost fifty years. And after sullying the spot that was Falling Rock for an incredible 25 years, this guy can see himself leaving.

John adds:

Anyone who’s ever used the men’s (and I’m guessing, women’s) restrooms in El Chapultepec isn’t surprised that there are permission issues.

Where is the best place to listen to music? Music cannot die.


This article repeats almost verbatim part of an article you published a few days ago. Please stop giving this guy press.

In addition to new quotes from Corleons, this story contained important new information for anyone who loves live music in this city: the space that for decades housed the legendary jazz club El Chapultepec is no longer in the hands of of Corleons; he returned the keys to the owner.

Although the family that ran El Chapultepec is no longer there, there is now a chance that another live music venue will enter the space at 1942 Market Street. What would you like to see in space? Post a comment or share your thoughts on [email protected]


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