Furr's could be gone for good from Colorado

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

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

It's the end of an era! A sign on Furr's Family Dining in Wheat Ridge says the restaurant is closed (and not a moment too soon, judging from our visit to the place last year). The notice indicates that the closure is temporary -- but Colorado has been wiped off the official Furr's map. See also: Furr's Cafeteria: Memories should stop at the buffet's edge.

According to the Furr's Fresh Buffet & Family Dining website, the only restaurants remaining are in Arkansas, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. That's where Roy Furr opened the first Furr's in 1946, in the town of Hobbs. From there it grew into a regional chain of family restaurants and cafeterias.

At one point, there were outposts of Furr's all along the Front Range, from the first Crossroads in Boulder to Lakeside to the original Cherry Creek Shopping Center. The location in Pueblo closed two years ago, and Wheat Ridge was the last local holdout. But now it looks like Furr's is gone for good from Colorado.

Does that news make you nostalgic? Hear from other fans of Furr's here.

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.