4

Billy's Inn Is Coming Back!

^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

After 75 years of continuous operation, Billy's Inn closed early this year -- but now it's coming back!

The building at 4403 Lowell Boulevard started life as a service station in the '20s, and then Billy and Judy Smith turned it into Billy's Inn in 1933. The kitchen closed in the early '60s, but James Von Feldt, who took Billy's over from his father-in-law, ran it as a neighborhood bar for more than 25 years, until he sold the joint early this year. Now, after a major cleanup and renovation, partners Christopher Mohaupt, Jeff Hermanson, Joe Vostrejs and Rod Wagner are getting ready to reopen Billy's Inn in early July.

And Billy's will be better than ever, with the kitchen not only open, but offering a modern take on bar food created by consulting chef Troy Guard (buttermilk fried chicken nuggets, fish tacos); there's also a new patio and a bar that includes 75-plus kinds of tequila and twelve beers on tap.

We'll drink to that! And until we can, here's a quick trip through Billy's history -- courtesy of the photographs of long-time customers that the new owners found on the walls of the place. See the slideshow here. Let us know if you recognize anyone, and we'll buy you a drink at Billy's! -- Patricia Calhoun

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.