The Creole Thing

You've picked a fine time to eat at Lucile's.

Although survival may be the bottom line, what keeps Richards in the restaurant business is not numbers, but his patrons -- and the way they've made the restaurant their own. A customer once offered to buy a slew of hemmed, high-quality, 100 percent cotton napkins to replace the colorful, softly frayed version used at Lucile's. But when he tried new linens, Richards says, customers protested: "What happened to our napkins?"

In fact, people feel so at home at Lucile's and are so relaxed that they sometimes unthinkingly pocket their napkins or wander out without paying, returning sheepishly the next day, money in hand.

"The regulars know exactly what they want," says Dana Faulk, who has worked on the Lucile's waitstaff for over three years. "They bring in family and out-of-town friends. They don't complain if they have to wait an hour and a half for a table. They know what Lucile's is about."

The gathering place: A visit to Lucile's nets you more than a meal.
Mark A. Manger
The gathering place: A visit to Lucile's nets you more than a meal.

Location Info


Lucile's Creole Cafe

2124 14th St.
Boulder, CO 80302

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Boulder

Lucile's Creole Cafe

275 S. Logan St.
Denver, CO 80209

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: South Denver


Hours: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
2124 14th Street, Boulder

"People are comfortable here," says Samuels.

"Generally, you like a particular restaurant," Richards concludes, "but people love Lucile's. I don't know why, but I feel so proud of it."

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