Sancho’s Broken Arrow in Denver closes permanently as part of city settlement


The city of Denver on Thursday said it had reached an agreement with the embattled Sancho’s Broken Arrow bar that allowed owner Tyler Bishop to avoid his public, long-delayed liquor license hearing.

The settlement has not been approved, but it includes the closure of the Grateful Dead-themed bar, former owner Jay Bianchi wrote on Facebook Wednesday.

“Sancho’s Broken Arrow has been an institution in Colorado for 22 years and I am very sad to announce that it will not be in that location anymore,” he said of the Capitol Hill bar at 741 E. Colfax Ave.

Bishop, Sancho’s owner and Bianchi’s business partner, reached the settlement with the Denver City Attorney’s Office in what’s known as a “show cause disciplinary case.” It required him to argue why Sancho’s and his other Grateful Dead-themed bar, So Many Roads, should not have their liquor licenses revoked.

The hearing was originally scheduled for June, but was postponed until October. Since then, So Many Roads has been ordered to close for the month of November after an undercover sting by Denver police allegedly found cocaine dealing there. The craft brewery and Grateful Dead memorabilia museum at 918 W. 1st Ave. also served two underage police cadets during the 2021 sting, according to DPD.

The city declined to provide a copy of this week’s preliminary settlement for Sancho’s. Molly Duplechian, executive director of Excise and Licenses, will review the settlement and make a decision on whether to approve it, a spokesman told The Denver Post on Thursday.


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