It was the Casa Bonita of bad steakhouses, a place where they'd cut off your tie if you dared to wear one into the place, and cut off your arteries with fatty meat and butter-laden spuds.
It was the Trail Dust Steak House, and Denver was once lucky enough to have a pair of these cow palaces. But in December, the sole survivor -- the Trail Dust at 7101 South Clinton in Centennial -- closed abruptly, two years after its Westminster sibling bit the dust.
And now the still-empty Westminster restaurant, which bears a Trail Dust sign easily seen from the highway, is about to bite the dust altogether.
The City of Westminster, which is in the process of redeveloping the Westminster Mall, bought the building for just over $700,000, and for the last few weeks has been using it for firefighting training, prompting frightened calls from motorists who've spotted smoke coming out of what still looks like a restaurant.
But this Trail Dust is long past well-done. In fact, the building is slated to be demolished altogether within the week, cutting another tie to Denver's restaurant past.
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.