Arts and Culture

Ten Best Commercial Signs on Central Colfax

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6) Tom's Diner 601 East Colfax It may not be neon, but Tom's Diner's eye-catching sign, with its wash of red flashing bulbs, has its own appeal to passersby. The diner's big windows have a fishbowl effect -- day or night, watching the people inside and out is as much a part of the experience as the food. But it's the greasy spoon's bright and bold sign that gets patrons in the door in the first place. 5) Pete's Kitchen 1962 East Colfax A Colfax institution open 24 hours a day, this diner may be the best-loved part of Pete Contos's restaurant and bar empire; in the '60s he took over a spot that had been cooking since 1942 and made it his own. Longtime patrons and first timers come all through the day and night for the classic diner vibe and quick and greasy fare, perfectly advertised by the jolly cook flipping pancakes with an outline of neon tubing that brings it all to life. 4) Bastien's 3503 East Colfax Opened in 1958 on the site of an old drive-in and still operated by the Bastien family, the Bastien's Restaurant building is an example of classic California Googie architecture -- and it's got a great sign to match. Made up of six individual signs together on a stylized set of posts, the mix of lettering styles accentuated by bright neon makes Bastien's visual calling card one of a kind.
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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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