The NBA season was scheduled to start this week, but the owners and players have yet to reach a deal, meaning that the Denver Nuggets aren't warming up at the Pepsi Center anytime soon. Which made us wonder: Who else is "locked out?"
What's at stake: 25 percent of revenue if the entire 2011-12 season gets canned
Just 50 yards from the Pepsi Center, Brooklyn’s restaurant can’t escape the collateral damage of the NBA lockout. “In November and December, we will lose the dates, but hopefully more people will go to hockey,” owner Dave Keefe says. “Our business will be off about 10 to 15 percent in November and December. If it goes beyond that, it will become more obvious.”
Brooklyn’s thrives on event-based patrons who want to avoid the overpriced stadium grub at the Pepsi Center. Keefe says most of his crowds stop in before and after Nuggets and Avalanche games, concerts, and other special events at the Pepsi Center. But Brooklyn’s exclusive location is also a hindrance: Speer Boulevard acts as a great divider between the bustling LoDo neighborhood and the happenings at the Pepsi Center. Other restaurants, even a half-mile away, may see a decline, but not the loss Brooklyn’s expects. “The places on the other side of Speer will be impacted, but nothing like we will be," Keefe says. "We will be okay, but it will cost us money. It is our gravy.” If more of the Nuggets’ schedule gets slashed, Keefe hopes the Pepsi Center pulls in more UFC fight nights, concerts, and family events. “It’s business to the NBA owners, like this is my business," he says. "We have to do what right for our businesses. I support what they are doing because sometimes you have to make some hard choices.”