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Man, so many memories! Along with regular late nights and after school hours spent at Paris on the Platte, we also hung out at Mary & Lou's (the giant donuts!), City Cafe (? I think the outside was graffitied or painted with murals), got into Rock Island with borrowed IDs, and drank 3.2 and danced at Tracks. There was also a Chinese restaurant on Lincoln that my friends and I would go to because they never carded and we could order beer. Remember when Watson's opened and was supposed be a big deal? Nearby, there was a tiny piano bar I'd got to with an older friend and we'd drink Long Islands. All of this while in high school. All of these great memories, interspersed with those of my watching Teletunes or MTV late into the night so I could record all the episodes of The Young Ones on VHS. I was lucky enough to have a beat-up 1978 Toyota Corolla with wood-paneled sides to take me to my job at Le Central. Happy to see these menus and read everyone's reminiscences of the times. The nostalgia runs deep, my friends!

City Spirit?

Oh, Muddys shameless bagel!! Always my go to.
Damn... what was in the Egyptian sunrise.

Hi Amanda! I now have it from a reliable source (another former cafe denizen) that an Egyptian Sunrise was Hibiscus tea + apple juice. I think we all feel better knowing that!

I think it was essentially hibiscus tea and apple juice. I have one menu where it's 60 cents and another where it's a dollar, but it doesn't give the ingredients. There are a number of ex-waitrons who would remember but I don't know where to look them up.

Egyptian sunrise I think... was hibiscus tea, orange juice and grenadine

Hibiscus tea, Apple juice and an orange slice. I was close;)
But I’m all seriousness. Those places were monumental safe places for kids in the 90’s. I don’t know what we would have done without them. That was the Denver I knew and was raised in. Gritty, dirty, scary and awesome;)

Hibiscus tea and apple juice

Egyptian sunrise
Hibiscus and apple juice with an orange slice on top!

I saw a lot of punk and ska shows at the Mercury Cafe in the early to mid '90s. I also spent a lot of time at Wax Trax and Imi Jimi when I wasn't skateboarding at Skyline Park. It was a different city back then.


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