Gary Lee Bomar

The mural of Gary Lee and one of his car projects that hangs on the patio wall

The driving force behind Gary Lee’s was Gary Lee Bomar. When he envisioned Gary Lee’s Motor Club & Grub (re-christened Gary Lee’s Pub & Grub in 2018), he planned a place for community, where barbecue, southern fusion and well-poured drinks could be served up alongside live music and neighborhood atmosphere. The space at 176 South Broadway, with its automotive history and perfect neighborhood location, was just what he’d been looking for. Gary Lee and his friends and family worked together, planning for a year-and-a-half and investing seven long months of blood, sweat and tears, to realize Gary Lee’s vision of a restaurant and bar with the custom automotive design that he envisioned. When he opened the doors of Gary Lee’s Motor Club and Grub in 2012, he opened an establishment that would become a fixture in the Denver music scene, from Saturday night live music from local and touring artists and bands to Denver’s Underground Music Showcase held each year on South Broadway. 

No detail was too small, from the spark plugs that tuft the black vinyl ceiling above the bar to custom welding that turns hood ornaments, crank shafts, and other automotive pieces into functional works of art. Gary Lee’s artistic vision and love of the auto industry is in every aspect of the restaurant. 

Sadly, Gary Lee passed away following an accident in 2015. The restaurant, and Gary Lee’s legacy, live on under the management of Gary Lee’s friend and now-restaurant owner Terry Sheasby and Gary Lee’s family. Together, they’re continuing to make Gary Lee’s vision of a neighborhood bar and restaurant for good food, good drinks, good music, and good times a reality. 

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