In June 2015, I traveled to Colorado to visit some friends. I’d never been there before and not only was I excited to see my friends, and I was super excited to see beautiful mountains for the first time. Mountains, and seeing my friends, was all I could think about until I learned about Colfax Avenue. One of the things that Colfax Avenue is known for it’s 26 miles of the retro neon signs that are still displayed today. And so literally, we spent hours driving up and down this stretch of retro glory. My friends were such troopers because I cannot even count how many times they pulled over or went around the block for me to jump out to get a better shot of these beauties. And even though there was simply no way I could see them all, I was thrilled with the amount I did see. These signs are amazing… and Colfax Avenue almost feels like you took a step back in time. Please, if you ever find yourself in Denver, do take the time visit this magnificent stretch of road.
First I want to share with you images of the Colfax iconic Pete’s Kitchen and Satire Lounge. We ate at Pete’s Kitchen and this little place was just as retro on the inside as the neon signs are on the outside! The food is absolutely delicious too. Pete also owns several other restaurants in the Denver metro area as well as the Satire Lounge, which is right next door to Pete’s Kitchen. Pete has been a business owner in Denver for over 50 years as announced on the mural on the side of the Satire Lounge.
Now for all the very cool retro signs along Colfax…. enjoy!