Before The Starlight: What was Hodi’s Half Note?
Believe it or not, the building that holds Hodi's Half Note in Fort Collins hasn't always been a bar or concert venue.
For many years, 167 N College Avenue was known as a bar called Mountain Tap before becoming The Starlight in the late 1990s, when it hosted some pretty big name acts (for Fort Collins) including Vanilla Ice, John Mayer, Rise Against, Social Distortion, Ween, and G. Love and Special Sauce. It was also one of many Fort Collins locations where the movie Our Burden Is Light was filmed.
But before The Starlight and Mountain Tap, and perhaps other names buried in the history of Fort Collins, the building that holds Hodi's Half Note today was actually at least 2 different things - at the same time!
The first time I stepped into Hodi's, the first thing that stood out to me was its layout and how it had different rooms in which to congregate. There's a big bar on the right, a smaller bar on the left, the stage in the back, and so forth, all with walls dividing these different areas. This is probably due to the fact that once upon a time, that building was divided into 2 separate storefronts.
According to the Sanborn map obtained by Forgotten Fort Collins, the left side of Hodi's was a barber shop and the right side was a restaurant and bakery.
Known as the Briggs building, the structure was built in 1885. Its exterior today looks nothing like it did back then, but the walls inside definitely help paint a picture of those separate businesses on either side of the structure.