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.
"Restaurant owner's dream twice destroyed by fire", Daily Camera, 3/20/2011
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 Café—Harris Rosenberg, Benson, Arizona