By Rick Sallinger
DENVER (CBS4)– Ink! Coffee shop in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood remained shut down Monday as more graffiti was splattered across the outside and protests continued at 28th and Larimer.
Crews erased the ink off Ink!. But removal of the graffiti did not erase the controversy. It started with a sign the company said jokingly referred to, “Happily gentrifying the neighborhood since 2014.”
That sparked protests over the holiday weekend and again Monday morning.
Despite the sign on the door stating the coffee shop would open Monday, it remained closed.
Tay Anderson is a Five Points’ resident, “I called it a victory for us a testament that they say that they hear and understand the community voice.”
Someone posted a sticker that seemed to encapsulate the issue, “If you rented here you
would be homeless now,” it read.
“I lost my home in March and moved in with a family in Five Points ever since,” said Anderson.
This is a neighborhood undergoing change where the “out with the old” is butting heads with the “in with the new.”
Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks got an earful at Monday’s protest as one man shouted, “I am a 66-year-old, this is our property, I’m not talking about blacks or whites, I’m talking about the soul of neighborhood!”
Brooks told CBS4 he is hoping to turn the issue into something positive, “There’s a lot of anger is out there in the community when the anger and protesting runs out what will be the end result.”
He has been in touch with Ink!’s owners. They have apologized for the sign and expressed regrets, but Anderson doesn’t back what Ink! has written to the public, “We drank too much of our own product, it’s not a joke, it’s offensive, it hurts us,” Anderson said.
Ink! and its advertising agency Cultivator did not return requests for comment to CBS4 by the
time this story was posted.