Illegal Pete's Now Open in Fort Collins, Protesters Are No-Shows

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The first Illegal Pete's restaurant is now open in Fort Collins; it's the largest of the seven Front Range locations. Among the guests at yesterday's grand opening was a reporter from the New York Times -- attracted to Colorado by the controversy over the Illegal Pete's name, which some local activists have said is racist. But despite all the coverage of that issue, there were no protesters at the opening. See also: Pete Turner on Illegal Pete's, Community and the Fort Collins Controversy With dozens of beers on tap and a massive porch parallel to the Fort Collins square, this spot will likely become a hot hangout spot for Colorado State University students. According to Pete Turner, founder of the chain, the company also owns the building behind the burrito restaurant and has plans to turn it into a large-size music venue. Illegal Pete's is open at 320 Walnut in Fort Collins from 7 a.m. to midnight Monday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. until midnight on Sunday.

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