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Ophelia’s electric soap box in Denver will reopen after a two-year pandemic shutdown

Add another to the list of Denver restaurants and music venues re-emerging post-pandemic: Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox near Union Station is replugging the amps and turning the kitchen back on this month after two years of closure.

The restaurant, a popular pre-COVID brunch destination, is set to reopen April 13; however, the concert hall hosts several concerts leading up to a full reopening. On April 7, Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner is scheduled to perform under his solo moniker MGNR, followed by Magic Giant on April 8 and Good Morning on April 9.

Mndsgn will bring jazzy, chillwave and R&B vibes to the grand reopening show on April 13 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $19-$32 through Ticketmaster.

Owner and chef Justin Cucci has spent the past nine months renovating the 7,500 square foot venue to make the ground floor bigger and more welcoming for concerts. This included moving the bar and adding extra space on the dance floor, as well as upgrading the sound and lighting equipment to national touring standards, he said.

Upstairs, Cucci and his team changed the orientation of the cabins to have better visibility of the stage. They are also finishing construction on a patio, which Cucci says will be finished in May.

“We had identified that we wanted to move the bar and create a bigger pre-COVID downstairs,” Cucci said, adding that the renovations would have started sooner if there hadn’t been so much uncertainty about when. – or if – live music would return. In 2020, “we just put down our pencils and tried to weather the storm. When we saw that live music didn’t feel like it was coming back in 2021, we said let’s go.

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