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Chip Lile, proprietor of El Rancho Tavern, has bought Colorado Pongas – renaming it The Storage with the purpose of offering a at ease, massive downtown venue for reside tune.

Lile and 4 companions labored the previous two months on upkeep wishes and upgrades for the previous, 4,000-square-foot area – including new lights, a brand new sound gadget, contemporary paint and carried out an intensive cleansing of the longtime billiard corridor.

“Now we have running AC,” stated Clinton Holnback, considered one of Lile’s companions. Different companions are Chris Lile, Chip Lile’s brother; J.R. Spies; and Bobbi Spies.

Billiards will nonetheless be a function at The Storage, which can have a grand opening Friday and Saturday with two concert events every evening via blues, funk and R&B performer Garrett Lebeau of Austin, Texas.

“It’s in a really perfect location downtown, however we felt love it wanted an replace, and a brand new idea. The Storage title comes from the early 20th century when it served as Durango’s first storage, a minimum of that’s what we expect from our analysis,” Lile stated.

Lile and companions plan to embellish and decorate with storage and auto paraphernalia from the 1900 to 1930 technology.


The Storage situated at 121 W. 8th Boulevard is now open. 5 companions together with Chip Lile, who owns El Rancho Tavern, have spent two months upgrading and cleansing the distance previously occupied via Colorado Pongas.

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“It’s coming in combination effectively, however we call to mind it as a piece in growth; we will be able to be including to it as we pass. We wish a venue that all the group feels at ease at,” Lile stated.

Plans for long run development enhancements come with including a storage door and home windows to loosen up the inner and make a extra interesting facade. The development transform shall be designed so as to add and take away billiard tables to regulate the ground for the quantity of folks anticipated for a live performance.

“This development in reality is a group asset. It was once a film theater for 60 years. It’s large enough we’ll be capable of be offering it to the group for such things as nonprofit fundraisers, corporate events,” stated Lile, who recollects seeing “Celebrity Wars” within the development.

When it served as a film theater, the distance had a seating capability of 500 folks. When it served as Pongas, seating capability was once 250 folks, however Lile stated he has now not but met with the Durango Fireplace Coverage District to decide the overall seating capability for The Storage.


The Storage bartenders, Jade Neves, left, and Meghan Forrey inventory the bar Thursday.

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Lile stated he’s been running with town of Durango to give a boost to the security across the development, the place the quantity of petty crimes had involved town of Durango and police officers.

“I competed with Pongas for 20 years, however lately, issues had modified, and it wasn’t doing the industry we concept it might be,” Lile stated. “We noticed the chance to freshen it up. It received’t be Pongas. It is going to be a special bar with a special clientele.”

Lile stated The Storage will function a sister industry with El Rancho, however he want to stay the 2 companies separate. Some again area team of workers will be capable of paintings at each companies.

“We in reality will be capable of function reside tune right here in a really perfect venue,” Lile stated.

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