Penny Parker’s On The Town: Former Broncos quarterback finally sells mansion

August 15, 2012

After five years and a price reduction of more than two million dollars, former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer finally sold his mansion in The Reserve in at Cherry Hills last week.

The home, which sat on the market for several years even after Plummer invested in a $1 million makeover, sold for $2.55 million to Carla G. Shankle, according to Arapahoe County public records. The original asking price was $4.6 million, and Plummer paid $2.7 million for the home in 2004.

The home, which I toured after the remodel, sits on a huge 2.81-acre lot. It’s 7,433 square feet with five bedrooms, seven-and-a-half baths, a pool and tennis courts.

Plummer was traded by the Broncos in 2007 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, free run 4.0 v2 but he opted to retire from football instead. He lives in northern Idaho with his former Broncos cheerleader wife Kollette Klassen and their child, but I’m told the family is moving back to Colorado.

Sam’s No. 3 will have three

Sam’s No. 3, the popular diner with locations in Aurora and downtown Denver, is taking over the Sam Taylor’s BBQ building at 435 S. Cherry in Glendale.

Negotiations started in January, but the deal was inked Friday. Patrick Armatas, one of the Sam’s owners, said the building will undergo a six to seven-month construction.

“The building was tired,” Armatas said. “We’re gutting the whole thing. We’re just keeping some of the walls and the roof. This will be the crown jewel of the Sam’s No. 3s.

After a 15-year-run, Taylor opted to retire so he and his wife can travel, Armatas said.

When the new Sam’s opens, diners can expect the same primarily Greek and Mexican menu served at the other two locations.

Pasquini’s new place

Tony Pasquini, owner of three of his namesake restaurants, will open another pizza spot in the old JR’s space on 17th Avenue in uptown. He expects the place, which will be called Pasquini’s 17th, to open in October.

Le Creuset store coming to Cherry Creek

Le Creuset, a speciality French cookware manufacturer best known for its colorful cast iron products, will be the latest tenant to open at Fillmore Place between First and Second avenues on Fillmore on Aug. 24.

The fancy cookware store signed a lease for a 1,528-square-foot space, which will be Le Creuset’s first full-price single-branded store in Colorado. Stuart Zall of The Zall Company represented the landlord and Lisa Streidl represented the tenant in the deal.

Le Creuset will join other newcomer Jonathan Adler, a new to the market home furnishings and decor store in Fillmore Place. Zall also represented the landlord and Erik Christopher of David, Hicks & Lampert Brokerage represented the tenant.

With these leases in place, there is one remaining empty space in Fillmore Place, which is owned by Realty Management Group.

Mike Blake, spokesman for Cherry Creek North, points out that nearly twice the number of businesses have opened than have closed this year, which was the case in 2011 as well. Currently, the vacancy rate for retail is 7.2 percent, which is the lowest it has been since 2008.

The highest vacancy rate of 13.6 percent occurred in 2009.

Summer menu means lighter fare

Trillium restaurant’s chef/owner Ryan Leinonen has lightened up the menu with new summer seasonal Scandinavian fare.

Dishes include gazpacho, a blend of cucumbers, dill, tomatoes and champagne vinegar topped with fried cornbread croutons and sour cream. The new fish dish is a grilled Lake Michigan Yellow Perch with white bean mousse, tomato cucumber salad, Hollandaise and breadcrumbs made from Rieska, a Finnish flatbread.

And Trillium’s grilled steak is a New York strip served with horseradish potato salad, pickled mushrooms, arugula, friend leeks and Danish blue cheese cream.

The summer menu also features fresh in-season produce including locally grown cherries, summer squash, tomatoes and a variety of berries.

“I think it’s important to update our offerings to reflect the free run 4.0 v2 femmes changing seasonal flavors while staying true to the Scandinavian spirit that separates us from the traditional American bistro,” Leinonen said.

The restaurant, at 2134 Larimer St., is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and till 11 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays, and brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

More information: or call 303-379-9759.

The seen

Rocker Jack White, in town last week for a Red Rocks concert, spotted staying at The Oxford Hotel.

Eavesdropping on a woman at Blue Bonnet: “When you eat out, the calories don’t count. You can’t flip the plate over and see the calorie count.”

Eavesdropping on a woman to her husband after running into a friend: “Friends don’t let friends wear gaucho pants.”
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