Denver Coffee House Menus: Paris on the Platte, Muddy’s and the Mercury Cafe


In reply to by Six Mercer (not verified)

I remember YOU ! Muddy's was a great hang out. We loved to chill, drink our coffee, talk with friends, meet people and listen to great live music. It was a creative haven. When did it close?

Hi James. Interesting riddle! I couldn't remember exactly when Muddy's closed, so delved into business directories and the Denver Post. I found Muddy's listed in directories in 1998, but not in 1999. Knowing directories can take a little time to show updates, I turned to the Denver Post, where I was surprised not to find stories about the closure. I *did* find a listing for a City Treasurer's sale of Muddy's property, to recover back taxes due for 1996 and 1997. That sale listing was for July 1997. So I think we can assume 1997 was the closure year. 

I vaguely remember Muddy's closing and reopening maybe twice? i remember they remodeled in the mid 90's sometime and it took a while (they were closed during this period), they changed the interior colors which were dominated by warm reds and browns to cool dark greens. I remember my friends and I were turned off by the coldness of the new interior and we stopped going. Loved the place in the early 90's when it was red and cluttered inside.

In reply to by Six Mercer (not verified)

yes Skinny puppy!! how that takes me back. East Angels!!!

In reply to by Blondy Van Weirden (not verified)

Hi Blondy. As an adult at the time, I'm guessing you were out at different days and times than the high school crowd would've been. We were pretty thick on the ground, but (most) of us had to be home to our parents at a certain hour, too.

In reply to by Blondy Van Weirden (not verified)

I'm not sure how angst ridden I was, but my friends and I went there too. I remember that before I visited for the first time, my dad had to explain to me what a coffee shop was. I didn't quite get it until I went there. It was a fun place to hang out, play cards and feel cool.

In reply to by Blondy Van Weirden (not verified)

Oh, we were there alright.. More in Paris, but I'd go to Mercury frequently too as the food was better. And Muddy's occasionally.

In reply to by Blondy Van Weirden (not verified)

I assure you, we were there (trying to look older than the high school students we were.)

The writing is one of the worst examples of look-how-ironic-I-am Gen X pretension I've ever seen, but the menus are neat. :)

In reply to by Daniel Dvorkin (not verified)

Gee whiz, Daniel. Did you learn the definition of ironic from Alanis Morissette?

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