Colorado Eateries (page 2)

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former Mr. Steak
Littleton, CO
This Mr. Steak restaurant was designed by Colin Stewarant and built from 1964-1969. There was at least one other location in Denver built two years earlier but it did not look like this. The Littleton building was to be a prototype for later locations but, instead, the company went with a Wild West theme. By 1972, this location was housing offices and was known as the Boulevard Building. It now houses an Express Employment office. For more, see this website. [map]

Uncle Sam's Pancake House
Manitou Springs, CO
Uncle Sam's Pancake House was built and opened in 1967. It was never part of another chain. For more, see this website. [map]

Red Barn Restaurant
Montrose, CO
former Red Barn Restaurant
Denver, CO
This Red Barn Restaurant in Montrose opened in 1967. There had been some remodeling and sign changes since then. This photo is from 2012. The restaurant closed after that. 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. In 2018, the building was painted brown and tan and began housing Jimmers Steak BBQ Bar & Grill. 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]

Pass Key
Pueblo, CO
This original Pass Key restaurant opened in the 1950s as a drive-in with car hops. This dine-in location opened in 1969 and closed in 2022. Two other locations in Pueblo are still operating. This sign originally had neon. It depicts the chain's signature dish, an Italian sausage sandwich. For more, see this website. [map]

Los Toritos
Aurora, CO
Hooters [gone]
Denver, CO
The Los Toritos and the Hooters restaurant buildings were originally White Spot restaurants. The chain was founded in 1946 and folded in 2001. These buildings with their distinctive butterfly roofs were designed by Armet & Davis in 1961. The interiors featured orange booths and orange hanging lights. The Hooters building was demolished in 2012 just after these photos were taken. [map]

Tom's Diner (now Tom's Starlight)
Denver, CO
Tom's Diner was also built as a White Spot restaurant. It was designed by Armet & Davis and built in 1967. This was the ninth restaurant in the chain. It became Tom's Diner in 1999. The restaurant closed in 2020 and there was talk of demolishing the building. However, the building was sold and reopened in 2022 as Tom's Starlight, a bar and lounge. [map]

Davies' Chuck Wagon Diner II
Denver, CO


Davies' Chuck Wagon Diner II was built as a White Spot restaurant in the early 1960s. It was designed by Richard Crowther. The building was vacant in 2012. In 2013, the building was repainted. It now houses the Green Solution, a medical marijuana store. The original Davies' Chuck Wagon Diner was installed in 1957 and is operating in Lakewood, CO. [map]

Denver, CO
This building which houses Snaxland, a medical marijuana shop, was built in 1958. I believe it was built as a White Spot restaurant. [map]

More Colorado:
Caramel Crisp (Estes Park)
Chuckwagon Cafe & Bar (Granby)
Chuck Wagon (Wheat Ridge)

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