Ballard Spahr attorneys represented the owner/landlord of the property where a bankrupt pub in Denver operated and recently closed. The closure of Katie Mullen’s put the restaurant space back in the hands of Chartres Lodging Group, the San Francisco-based investment firm that owns the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel at 1550 Court Place.

Katie Mullen's owner, Northwest Bars Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Jan. 26. Owner Paul Maye told the Denver Post then that Katie Mullen's fought an uphill battle from the time it opened in early 2009: The recession severely limited financing options and new 16th Street Mall competitors such as the Yard House siphoned away customers.

"Certainly, debtor's disappointment for failing to make its business work does not rise to the level of harm W2007 will suffer if it is unable to obtain possession of the premises and is forced to endure debtor's continued and incurable breaches of the lease," Matthew A. Morr and Andrew J. Petrie, Ballard Spahr LLP attorneys representing W2007, wrote in court filings.

Earlier in May, W2007 and Northwest negotiated an agreement that allowed the restaurant to operate rent-free until June 5, when a large event was scheduled. Maye promised to hand over the keys the following day, Petrie said in an interview. But closing the restaurant on Wednesday breached that agreement, Petrie said.