Stories

This is a place for stories. History of restaurants, owners, staff, locations, and much more that won't fit in the one-line entries on the Menu of Restaurants.


Matterhorn
"Restaurant owner's dream twice destroyed by fire", Daily Camera, 3/20/2011

Tom's Tavern
Stories about Tom Eldridge dying and Tom's Tavern closing:
"Tom Eldridge was an 'icon': Councilman, Tom's Tavern owner died of brain cancer" Colorado Daily, 5/15/2007
"Tom's Tavern Closing" Daily Camera 12/3/2007


Village, Twinburger, Gunbarrel and Williams Village
:  August 2014 —
Petur Williams (His family built Williams Village)
There is a mention of Frank Borra (his mom owned the Village, and they owned the rolling skating rink north of Walnut...then became partner with Ed Novak in The Broker) and Mr. Call...I don't know if Call actually owned a restaurant with Borra, may have just worked there.   He also was associated with the Berardi group of restaurants, maybe all the way from Jigg's Place at 95th and South Boulder Road to the one on North Broadway and their places in downtown Denver.
   Twinburger at about 40th and on the south side of Arapahoe was a truly legendary hamburger drive up joint in a park. My father and uncle built it for whomever owned it. The hamburgers were great, up until they replace the original grill...maybe the seasoned old one added something to the flavor.
   In Gunbarrel, the no longer present white stucco building that started in 1973 as The Hofbrau House turned into a series of names....Gunbarrel Inn, Blackie's, Lookout Inn, Mockingbird, even I have forgotten all the names. 
   The Love family opened a restaurant in Williams Village, that became Al Fike's cabaret, which Fike named Zodiac, I believe.  The building was a big empty performance and dance hall with a professional stage and recording studio at the time, and it did okay, but it really took off when a group of Western Airlines pilots brought their concept, called Grande American Fare, to the building, along with a backlot full of movie props, to create The World Famous Dark Horse, now owned by David Tobin.  Ed Novak and Fred Borra had a marvelous restaurant in what was once a fine hotel, The Boulder Broker, and also in Williams Village was the marvelous pizza parlor, Roman Village.

Carnival CaféHarris Rosenberg, Benson, Arizona
    I'm a former member of the cooperative, collectively owned and run restaurant, the Carnival Café, formerly on Broadway between Canyon and Pearl Street.
    It was a fully vegetarian restaurant that at times went vegan and non-dairy. We had live entertainment three times a day and anybody could come and play their music on stage. If you played for an hour you would get a free meal. Our prices were very low. Collective members were paid $1 an hour and we were allowed to come in and eat whenever they wanted and even to sleep in the restaurant if they wanted to. It was truly a ground-breaking, unique experience.
    Amazing people came through our restaurant. We served breakfast to Timothy Leary one day. The legendary Boulder band Navarro often played at there. On Friday or Saturday night the Carnival Cafe was a true hippie commune run out of a restaurant. We had one house in Boulder, one in Nederland, and one in Gold Hill. Most of us would just crash around from house to house.
    When customers ordered a meal it could take up to two hours for the meal to be prepared and served as everything was made from scratch with very wholesome ingredients. The food was always delicious we never got any complaints. A full dinner special cost about two bucks.
    The Carnival Café had a great collection of vinyl records and a record player. Whoever was the dishwasher was in charge of the music. I was a long order cook. I had a lot of fun during my days in Boulder.
    Our theme song was “Life is a Carnival”, until a bank came along and decided to build a parking lot and we had to close down. Then our theme song was “They Paved Paradise and Put up a Parking Lot”.
    The Carnival Cafe introduced me to the Rainbow Family and many different ways of living. I will always treasure and cherish my time there. It was Woodstock and Wavy Gravy in a restaurant. It was Stephen's Farm without Stephen. It was the ultimate commune, ashram, rock festival, and rave in a restaurant experience.
    Shalom; Peace; Aloha; Namaste; Dios te bendiga—from Harris Rosenberg, somewhere in the Arizona desert.

Boulder Restaurant HistoryA bit of insight on Boulder's restaurant history from the Best Western Plus Boulder Inn's website, by Jim Harrington.
  

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