Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Last Call for Goodfriends

When Goodfriends closes at the end of service on Saturday, May 17 (or, more likely, early on the morning of May 18), it will close for good.

With it will go a lot of memories -- since the restaurant/watering hole at 3100 East Colfax Avenue has been open almost thirty years, and is the last survivor of Denver's once-thriving fern bar scene. So stop in -- soon -- and raise a glass (I recommend one of the margaritas) to Goodfriends. And while you're there, you can also toast the restaurant that will be moving into the space: the equally venerable Annie's Café, which will leave its longtime home on East Eighth Avenue next month, getting more space, the contents and a full liquor license in the bargain.

And Goodfriends's menu and margaritas will live on, too, since siblings Racines and Dixons offer much the same lineup. (Owners Lee Goodfriend and David Racine will be on hand for last call at Goodfriends, their first venture.)

As for the ferns, they went with the furniture. -- -- Patricia Calhoun

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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