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Colorado Diners

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King Chef's Diner
Colorado Springs, CO
The King Chef's Diner was built in 1955. This Valentine Little Chef was ordered with the turrets and other castle-like details. It is believed to the only custom design produced by Valentine. The style was modeled after the Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty's Castle. In 1960, the diner was moved across the street to where it stands today. The interior has the thirteen stools at the counter. The exterior was originally pink. In 1976, it was painted red, white and blue. The purple paint scheme was adopted in 1996. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Chuck's Stop Diner
Colorado Springs, CO
2004:
Mr. B's Famous BBQ & Soul Food
2008:
Smitty Dawgz Soul Food
2012:
Chuck's Stop Diner, a Valentine Little Chef (#654), opened in 1954. It was brought from the Kansas manufacturer on a flatbed truck. It was originally known as Richards Grill. From 1976-1981, it was known as the Lunch Box. It operated as Chuck's Stop Cafe from 1982-1992 when it was painted yellow and green. In 2004, when the top row of photos were taken, the diner was known as "Jo's Diner". In 2005, it was known as Mister Big's Diner. [photo thanks Mark Comstock] That same year, the name changed again to "Darlene's Chucks Stop Diner". In 2006, it was repainted and changed owners again. By 2008, it was known as Mr. B's Famous BBQ & Soul Food. In 2008, a minivan crashed into the diner and it remained closed until around 2011 when it reopened as Vernacchio's Diner. By 2012, the diner had been restored and repainted. When this photo was taken, it was about to reopen as Smitty Dawgz Soul Food. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Nana's Kitchen
Lake City, CO
The Valentine diner inside Nana's Kitchen is now used as a kitchen. It was probably built in the 1940s. It was originally located in Albuquerque, NM where it was known as the Tic Toc Diner. The diner was moved here in 2000. For more, see this website.

White Way Grill
Lakewood, CO
The White Way Grill, a Valentine diner, was built in 1948. It was originally located in Aurora, CO where it was last known as the China Palace. The diner closed in 2002. It was then moved to the Lakewood Heritage Center. The building has been restored and is on display there. For more, see this website.

Chong's Cafe
Pueblo, CO
Chong's Cafe is another Valentine diner. The diner's interior was gutted and converted into a kitchen. The addition functions as the dining room.

Davies' Chuck Wagon Diner
Lakewood, CO
Davies' Chuck Wagon Diner is a 1957 Mountain View (#516) diner. The diner was installed here in 1957. I believe the 36 foot tall sign was installed around 1965. The diner is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see this website.

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