By Alison Mahnken / For the Courier
It began as a joke between a mother and daughter.
Vanessa Menke, the daughter, and her mom, Jayne Barth, are the proud operators of Jake’s Brew Bar and Cafe in downtown Littleton.
Just around the corner stands their first baby, Kate’s Wine Bar, at 5671 S. Nevada St.
“Kate’s has been open for four years, and we were joking one day that it’d be great to have two spots, Kate’s on one side, Jake’s on the other,” Menke says.