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Stick-e-Star to close


Mike Schettler, a DU alum and longime neighborhood restauranteur, is taking over a new business opportunity elsewhere in Denver

Popular DU-area eatery Stick-e-Star is closing its doors today.

After spending 25 years in the DU community — first at Star Market and most recently with Stick-e-Star — owners Mike and Tina Schettler have moved on to a new venture that needs their full attention, the couple says.

On March 17 the Schettlers opened Emerald Grill at 597 S. Clinton St. in Denver.

With the new opportunity, they do not have the desire or resources to run both eateries, Mike Schettler (BSBA ’83) says. Additionally, the lease at the University Boulevard and Evans Avenue location was too expensive to renew.

Stick-e-Star will be open until 2 a.m. April 6 before closing its doors for good. All 14 of Stick-e-Star’s employees will be joining Emerald Grill after Stick-e-Star serves its final cocktail, Mike Schlettler says. Schettler will continue running his catering business out of the new location.

Schettler has been spending most of his time at Emerald Grill since its opening and says running the new business has been “strenuous.”

“I need my staff here,” Schettler says, adding that business for the new restaurant has been overwhelming.

Emerald Grill’s menu is similar to Stick-e-Star’s, with favorite dishes such as chicken Parmesan and French dip still available. Like Stick-e-Star, there’s a full bar, but unlike it, there’s a full breakfast menu served all day.

One major difference will be a change in clientele. Emerald Grill is in Windsor Gardens, a community for people over age 55. Windsor Gardens has some 3,500 residents.

“The community here has been very welcoming,” Schettler says. “[The residents] need a place with good food that they can have a good time at.”

Emerald Grill — which is on a golf course and has what Schettler describes as a “country-club feel” — is open to the general public.

The restaurant already has events lined up for DU groups and sports teams at the new location.

“I’m still the same guy,” Schettler says. “But I have a great opportunity here.”

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