• Lone Star Steakhouse suddenly shuts doors in Brighton

    The Lone Star Steakhouse in Brighton locked its doors abruptly at the end of the day Friday, Jan. 20, without much notice to customers or employees.

    The restaurant’s other locations in the state also seem to have closed that day, according to the company website. No one answered the phone or returned calls during business hours from the restaurant’s corporate office in Plano, Texas.

  • Johnson named as new BURA head

    Ryan Johnson is taking the helm as the Brighton Urban Renewal Authority's new executive director.

    Outgoing executive director Manuel Esquibel, until now the only leader of the urban renewal authority, named Johnson to take his place at a Wednesday, Jan. 18, meeting. Esquibel will retire from his job as city manager and executive director of the urban renewal authority on Jan. 31.

    Johnson has been the assistant director with BURA for the last eight months. Before that, he served in various capacities with the city of Westminster.

  • Brighton hospital can now treat complex injuries

    Patients who have been in severe car accidents and others with complex injuries now can be treated at Platte Valley Medical Center rather than get sent to other hospitals.

    The Brighton hospital recently received a Level III trauma center designation, meaning it can now treat patients with more complex injuries. The new designation could increase patient volume at the hospital by about one additional patient per day, according to the hospital.

  • Brighton Chamber on hunt for new leader

    Officials are on the hunt for a new president and chief executive officer for the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce – a job that could pay the top candidate $65,000 a year, according to an announcement made Tuesday, Jan. 10.

    Former director Holly Hansen resigned recently after discrepancies were found during a financial audit. Authorities were contacted, and the matter is under investigation, Larry Barnaby, board chairman, said in a letter to chamber members Wednesday, Jan. 4.

  • City approves gas station plan at I-76, Bromley

    By Andrea Tritschler

    Special to MetroWest Newspapers

    A sleek, modern-looking Kum & Go gas station and convenience store is planned to be built near Interstate 76 and Bromley Lane after the Brighton City Council approved construction plans for it Tuesday, Dec. 20.

    The gas station is planned for 5.2 acres of the vacant 8.1-acre parcel of land. The other 2.85 acres to the south is planned for office, medical or business use.

  • Drynkware wins biz competition

    A Brighton-based business that specializes in unique drinking products, especially reusable and innovative drink stirrers, won the Brighton Economic Development Corporation's first Business Innovation Pitch Competition.

  • Nexus at DIA plans to grow

    By Kevin M. Smith

    Special to MetroWest Newspapers

    The Nexus at DIA development is ready to take off.

    McLane Foodservice Inc. announced recently that it would build a 250,000-square-foot facility just northwest of Pena Boulevard and Tower Road in the Nexus at DIA development, adjacent to Denver International Airport.

  • Farmers worry about worker shortage

    Members of the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association met with Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) and other government officials recently at Sakata Farms in Brighton to discuss issues facing Colorado’s agricultural industry.

    “Given the importance of agriculture to the Colorado economy, it’s important for me to meet with the farmers here today to listen to their concerns,” Coffman said at the meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

  • Finger lickin' good

    Representatives from Kentucky Fried Chicken bought a site in Commerce City’s Reunion Marketplace in July, according to Crosbie Real Estate Group.

    The shopping center is anchored by a King Soopers grocery store at East 104th Avenue, west of Chambers Road in Commerce City.Kentucky Fried Chicken to be in Reunion Marketplace

  • Harbor Freight Tools opens in Bromley Plaza

    Harbor Freight Tools is now open for business in the former Mi Pueblo Market space at Bromley Plaza, 889 S. Kuner Road.