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Do you fancy a late night snack? You might be unlucky unless your refrigerator is full. While most Denver subway restaurants have returned to full capacity and their normal hours of operation, there is one notable exception: guests that are open 24/7.
The joints at night were badly hit during the pandemic. Tom’s Diner, which was about to close in 2020 for a major project on the property at 601 East Colfax Avenue, cut its last hurray and never reopened after closing in March 2020. The Diner Diner went dark last November and finally announced in January that it had disappeared for good … at least from its location at 740 West Colfax.
And while some branches are now open again around the clock – the International House of Pancakes on 1595 South Colorado Boulevard and the IHOPs in Aurora and Greenwood Village; all waffle house locations; Some Denny’s spots – most of the independent guests in the area haven’t made it through the night.
That night owl mainstay, Pete’s Kitchen, on East Colfax Avenue from 1962, still closes at 9 p.m., although managers of the classic joint have high hopes of extending hours in the near future. “We’ll be open all night at some point,” says one. “It’s a personnel matter.”
Another long-time club-goer favorite, Breakfast King, on 1100 South Santa Fe Drive, closes at 10 p.m., though there are also plans to return to service one day and all night. In the meantime, don’t look for the “Open 24/7” sign, which glows like a beacon in the dark hours before sunrise.
McCoy’s, the Northside facility at 4855 Federal Boulevard, which closed in early 2020 for a month-long renovation that spanned a year as a pandemic hit, will only stay open until 9:30 p.m. for the time being. Until the night comes back, diner fans can find solace in Nighthawks at McCoys, a new album from Time, Maudlin Magpie and A Thousand Vows inspired by long evenings on location.
Even Johnson’s Corner, the rest stop just before the Loveland exit on Interstate 25 that has provided drivers with endless cups of coffee and giant cinnamon rolls since 1952, closes both the dining room and deli at 8 p.m., although gasoline is still available around the clock is. 7th
One good exception: The Great Scotts at 1295 Cortez Street (but not the second in Broomfield) are now open 24/7 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Another cup of coffee, please!
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