What happened in Loveland in 2023? From a presidential bar crawl and In-N-Out coming to John Mellencamp's weird art and the "Are they or aren't they closing?" drama of a popular restaurant. 

A lot of things happened in the 365 days that Loveland, Colorado, saw in 2023; we've put together a list of 23 of the stories that caught our attention throughout the year.

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TSM File Photo[/caption]Breweries moved and/or closed. A new brewery came to town. Restaurants came to town; some left Loveland. Loveland is big on art, so there were a couple of "art" stories; "Bar Rescue" came to Loveland, too.

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Many, many things happened in Loveland in 2023; take a look at the ones that we've gathered.

Presidents Day in Loveland, Colorado
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PRESIDENTS DAY BAR CRAWL IN LOVELAND, 2023

On Presidents Day, Townsquare Media of Northern Colorado's Dave Jensen and his crew held their annual bar crawl in Loveland, which started at Chili's for the El Presidente margarita and ended at a legendary place downtown.
Get their route and their awesome photos HERE.
John Mellencamp art in Loveland
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JOHN MELLENCAMP'S ART WAS IN LOVELAND IN 2023

While his exhibit was at the Loveland Museum in 2023, you could see 50 pieces of work made by John Mellencamp. Some of it was "OK," some was "good," some was just plain "weird." Take a look at John's art HERE.

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Bar Rescue was in Loveland
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LOVELAND BAR ON 'BAR RESCUE'

A longtime bar was given the Jon Taffer treatment, including a name change. Get the story HERE.

Ruben's a new Mexican restaurant in Loveland
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RUBEN'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT OPENS IN LOVELAND

Where more than a few restaurants have come and gone on the east side of Loveland, Ruben's Grill & Cantina opened in April 2023. A great local history and great food. Get the photos and story HERE.

Josh & Johns in Loveland
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JOSH & JOHN'S ICE CREAM MAKES LOVELAND DEBUT

Based out of Colorado Springs, Josh & John's Ice Cream opened its fifth location in downtown Loveland in 2023. Get photos and the story HERE.

Loveland Celebrity in 'Barbie' Movie
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2023's 'BARBIE' MOVIE FEATURED A LOVELAND CELEBRITY

Known as "The Tailgate Champion," Loveland's Luke Lorick got notified that one of his videos would be a part of "Barbie." Get the story HERE.

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Outlets at Loveland Becomes Loveland Yards
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LOVELAND OUTLET MALL BECOMES 'LOVELAND YARDS'

The long (mostly) dormant outlet mall in Loveland officially got bought in 2023 and became Loveland Yards. Get the story HERE.

Loveland's Redman Sculpture
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LOVELAND'S 'REDMAN' SCULPTURE GETS FITTING RESTING PLACE

In 2023, the sculpture that used to reside on the south shore of Lake Loveland and now rests west of town, received an upgrade to its new (and final?) resting spot. Get the story HERE.

Ball Joint in Loveland Closes
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BALL JOINT RESTAURANT IN LOVELAND CLOSES IN 2023

Based mostly on meat "balls," The Ball Joint gave it a heck of a run for five years (including being featured on TV), but 2023 was its final year. Get the story HERE.

Crow Hop Brewery in Loveland Closes
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LOVELAND'S CROW HOP BREWING CLOSES TAPROOM IN 2023

For 10 years, Crow Hop had a taproom of their tasty beers (having moved from their original location to a great spot on Fourth Street), but 2023 saw the taproom's end. Get the story HERE.

Budweiser Events Center Becomes Blue Arena
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BUDWEISER EVENTS CENTER IN LOVELAND BECOMES BLUE ARENA IN 2023

After 20 years, it was hard to believe that we wouldn't be seeing any more shows at Budweiser Events Center as the venue got a new name. Get the story HERE.

Cupcake Gypsies in Loveland Moves to Fort Collins
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DOWNTOWN LOVELAND CUPCAKE SHOP MOVED TO FORT COLLINS IN 2023

From a food truck to a brick-and-mortar shop in downtown Loveland, The Cupcake Gypsies held up to their name and hit the road for Fort Collins in 2023. Get the story HERE.

Crooked Beech Brewing Opens in Loveland
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A NEW BREWERY OPENED IN LOVELAND IN 2023

Where there once was a fitness center, in 2023 became home to Crooked Beech Brewing. See the photos and get the story HERE.

Corn hole record set in Loveland
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IN 2023, LOVELAND BECAME HOME TO 5 GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS

In September 2023, a Guinness World Record Cornhole shot was made, giving Loveland its fifth. Get the photos from the day and the story HERE.

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A LONELY CAN OF FOSTERS IN LOVELAND WAS A BIG TOPIC IN 2023

During the summer of 2023 in Loveland, over the course of about a week, the town was caught up in a can of Foster's sitting at a major intersection in town. Get the story HERE.

Grimm Brothers in Loveland Moves
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LOVELAND'S GRIMM BROTHERS GOT NEW OWNERS AND A NEW SPOT IN 2023

In the fall of 2023, Loveland's oldest craft brewery was sold to new owners who moved the taproom and operations to the former HP campus, known as The Forge. Get the story HERE.

Loveland Business Gets Paid $23,000 in only coins
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LOVELAND BUSINESS SUES FOR PAYMENT AND RECEIVES IT ALL IN COINS

In what weighed as much as a Ford F-250, a business based out of Loveland received a payment from a Windsor developer for over $20,000 in only coins. Get the story HERE.

Adam Sandler - Loveland Show 2023
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LEGENDARY FUNNYMAN ADAM SANDLER PERFORMED IN LOVELAND IN 2023

In what had to be a great, fun show (for those who could afford it), Adam Sandler made a rare appearance in Loveland in 2023. Get the story HERE.

Equinox Sculpture in Loveland
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LOVELAND'S 'EQUINOX' SCULPTURE MADE ITS RETURN IN 2023

The loved and loathed "Equinox" sculpture that Loveland took down in 2020 came back in 2023 at a new spot. Get the story HERE.

Betta Gumbo in Loveland Closes
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LOVELAND'S BETTA GUMBO CLOSES IN 2023

2023 was quite a year for Betta Gumbo. First, they said they were closing to become a steakhouse. Then they closed the steakhouse and reopened it as Betta Gumbo again. Then in October, it was announced that Betta Gumbo was officially closing its doors. Get the story HERE.

Loveland Vinyl Shop Closes
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DOWNTOWN SOUND VINYL SHOP ANNOUNCES MOVE TO GREELEY

After two owners and 11 years of operation, in December of 2023, it was announced that Downtown Sound would be moving. Get the story HERE.

Big Kahuna Hawaiian Restaurant in Loveland
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A NEW HAWAIIAN SPOT OPENED IN LOVELAND IN 2023

When Mex O'Malley's announced in 2023 that they were closing, a married couple out of Berthoud was eager to take over the space to follow their dream of opening a Hawaiian restaurant. Get the story HERE.

Loveland In-N-Out
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LOVELAND'S IN-N-OUT LOCATION FINALLY OPENED IN 2023

After years of speculation and months of construction, in November of 2023, In-N-Out actually opened at Centerra Marketplace. We were one of the first 10 in line. Get the story HERE.

Loveland Speakeasy
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BONUS STORY - STORY #24 - A NEW LOVELAND SPEAKEASY OPENED IN 2023

A speakeasy on Fourth Street in Downtown Loveland that lies behind a barbershop opened for business in the fall of 2023. Get the story HERE.

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Gallery Credit: Dave Jensen

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The Tallest Man-Made Object in Colorado

Republic Plaza in Denver, the tallest building in Colorado, stands at 714 feet. This particular man-made object dwarfs that.

Gallery Credit: Dave Jensen

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