March 16 2009, 9:54 AM
The former Cherry Creek Hotel, a "very tired" destination at the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Cherry Creek Drive South, will get a $32 million refurbishing. The eight-story, 210-room building will open by the end of the year as the Hilton Garden Inn and include 11,000 square feet of retail space that includes a Panera Bread and Mediterranean grill, according to the Denver Business Journal. While that project and others are expected to help revitalize Colorado Boulevard, Jesse Morreale, a Denver restaurateur, hotelier, and nightclub owner, is recycling the name of his defunct Cherry Creek fine dining restaurant, Sketch, the name attached to 1,000 square feet of wine, cheese, and chocolate indulgences inside the historic First Avenue Hotel at First Avenue and Broadway, which opened this weekend, writesÂ The Denver Post. The 40-seat, European-style wine bar is the first step in a $5 million renovation to return the 1905 hotel to "its former splendor."