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Colorado Eateries (page 1)

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Uncle Sam's Pancake House
Manitou Springs, CO
I don't believe that Uncle Sam's Pancake House was part of a chain. It appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Red Barn Restaurant
Montrose, CO
former Red Barn Restaurant
Denver, CO
This Red Barn Restaurant in Montrose opened in 1967. There has been some remodeling and sign changes since then. This photo is from 2012. The restaurant has closed since then. I believe this was the last location still using the Red Barn name. The chain was established in 1961 in Springfield, OH. There are still a lot of these buildings which have been repurposed for other businesses. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This former Red Barn Restaurant in Denver has housed a Starbucks since at least 2007. [map]

Old West Cafe
Fort Garland, CO
All Checks
Denver, CO
This ice cream sign is installed on the roof of the Old West Cafe. This sign probably came from a larger Tastee-Freez or Dairy Queen rooftop sign. For more, see this website. [map]

All Checks previously housed La Paloma Blanca, a Mexican take-out restaurant. The building was constructed in 1963. The sawtooth roof is similar to those used for Tastee-Freez and Orange Julius locations. However, this one is not a match. Does anyone know what was here originally? [map]

Sam's #3
Denver, CO
Sam's #3 opened sometime in the 1960s at a former White Spot. The building was designed by Armet & Davis. The Sam's chain was established in 1927 and there were at least five locations built in the Denver area. When Sam's #3 closed in 1969, the owner focused on the remaining locations until they all closed as well. In 2004, he reopened this location as Sam's #3 again. The sign appears to be from then. There are now two other Sam's #3 restaurants in Aurora and Glendale. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Bastien's
Denver, CO
Bastien's opened here in 1937 as the Moon Drive Inn. It was renamed Bastien's when this building and sign were built in 1959. The folded roof has 24 panels. For more, see this website. [map]

Newbarrys Restaurant
Denver, CO
Newbarrys Restaurant opened in 1967. I believe the place was originally called Barry's. [map]

Taco House
Denver, CO
Taco House
Lakewood, CO
Taco House
Littleton, CO
This Taco House chain was established in 1958. The sign in Denver is located at the original location. The bulbs at the top of the sign were added in 1968. For more, see this website. [map]

The Lakewood location may have been built in 1972. The building and sign look suspiciously like the squat-roofed Whataburger design like the one in Oxnard, CA. [map]

The Littleton location was part of the Taco House chain. It was built in 1961. [map]

There was another location in Federal Heights which is gone now.

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