But not the Rocky Mountain Diner's famous banana cream pie, which we can almost taste if we just close our eyes and imagine the generous wedge and its creamy flavor, augmented with a touch of white chocolate. One reader, John Forsmark, remembers the pie, too, and asks, "Where can I get the banana cream pie that the Rocky Mountain Diner used to serve?"
The odds of tracking down a recipe or resurrection of a dessert from a long-closed eatery are usually pretty slim, but those odds got better when we remembered that the Rocky Mountain Diner's co-owner, Tom Walls, who ran the place with partner Brad Anderson, also operates the Castle Cafe in Castle Rock. And a quick search online confirms that the Castle serves banana cream pie.
These days, he says, about 70 percent of the Castle Cafe's sales come from customers ordering the eatery's pan-fried chicken, but the banana cream pie still has its fans.
As for 800 18th Street? After the entire building sold to Breckenridge-Wynkoop in 2011, that company ran Ghost Plate & Tap in the Rocky Mountain Diner's spot for two years before the restaurant was shuttered. The property sold again in 2017, but there hasn't been a restaurant in the space since 2013.
But the banana cream pie lives on in Castle Rock, a tasty pie in the face to downtown Denver real estate developers.