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DENVER — After a year of major challenges, including a pandemic, a malfunctioning HVAC system and plumbing problems, Welton Street Cafe in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood was about to close for good. But then Denver7 viewers came to the rescue.
In May, Fathima Dickerson, co-owner of Welton Street Café, said the restaurant had to close for days due to building problems.
“Welton Street Café is in danger of closing its doors for a penny… The plumbing here is a headache,” Dickerson said. “Our elevator is not working at the moment. That’s another $3,000 repair.”
Dickerson contacted Denver7 Gives for assistance with building repairs.
Dickerson said that although they did not own the building, the issues had a major impact on their business.
“We feel that money could be an issue as to why these repairs are delayed. The reality is, how can we help them help us immediately?” said Dickerson.
In the past three months, some issues have been resolved, but the bills continued to pile up.
“It’s still quite a challenge. We fixed our elevator, which is good. We’re still trying to balance the temperature of the whole restaurant because the HVAC has been fixed, but it’s been hot outside,” Dickerson said. “We are still determined to be here. We are still committed to serving our community.”
Denver7’s generous viewers donated $41,561 to the Denver7 Gives fund to save Welton Street Café.
“We have to thank the customers. This was all community. This was not us. These were people who believed in us that we were here,” Dickerson said. “Thank you to everyone who has supported, who called, who offered time, money. Thanks, this goes a long way,”
Dickerson said that with this money they can stop focusing on surviving another day and start looking to the future of Welton Street Café, which may include a larger restaurant, while hopefully staying in the heart of Five Points.