Argonaut Wine & Liquor, a mainstay in Capitol Hill for generations, is undergoing an $8 million renovation that will almost double its size, officials told the Rocky Mountain News today. . . .For true connoisseurs, the only thing that matters when it comes to liquor stores is what time they open. Singer's in North Denver (city liquor license #1, 1933) is open by 8:00 a.m.; Argonaut not until 9:00. I hardly ever went to Argonaut.
It was crucial to the Robinson's [sic] that the new store minimize the impact on the environment and be as "green" as possible.
"We brought on Brian Levitt as a partner to really make this project stand out," Jeff Robinson said.
"Brian is one of the foremost leaders in green building in the country, and he is creating one of the greenest liquor stores in the world."
The new Argonaut's green features will include solar power, locally sourced and recycled-content structure, high efficiency HVAC units, lighting, and water fixtures, high-performance glazing, insulation and building materials, construction recycling during and after construction, and many others. . . .
"This will certainly be the greenest liquor store that I am aware of," Levitt said.
Update: actually there's one other thing that matters to liquor-store connoisseurs: not getting the same clerk too many times, lest he or she think you're an alcoholic. Lose your job, beat your wife, harass the neighbors, don't bathe for months--but never, ever let the clerk you're shoving your quarters at for the morning pint of Mr. B know you're a drunk.