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Silver Grill History

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The historic Silver Grill is the oldest restaurant in Northern Colorado, serving breakfast and lunch in its current location since 1933.

Leonidas “Flossie” Widger, the original owner, leased the building in its present location at 218 Walnut Street on October 28, 1933. Legend has it a hungry local painter conceived the Silver Grill name in 1933 and painted it on the front window in exchange for a pork chop lunch.

Flossie and his family successfully operated the business until 1949. Then, Flossie’s son, Pete, and new Max McDowell took over.

In 1979, current owner John Arnolfo and then partner Mike Gress purchased The Grill. A few years later, Mike left to seek other opportunities. Today, they remain the best of friends. John oversaw a variety of carefully planned expansion and remodeling projects that have increased seating capacity to meet an evergrowing number of guests while retaining the restaurant’s celebrated, time-honored charm.

John, committed to the Silver Grill’s rich history, has kept several architectural elements from the five old buildings you can see today. Sit in the Lower Downtown room (just west of the Main Entrance) and look on the brick wall by the window. You’ll see the original painted signs used for Land and Livestock in 1913, and the Real Estate/Insurance office in 1922. The signs were painted on the exterior of the building, which today is home to our Main Entrance.

Flossie & Millie Widger | 1933
Flossie & Millie Widger | 1933
Mike Gress & John Arnolfo | 1979
Mike Gress & John Arnolfo | 1979