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


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.

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;)


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.


My daughter and I were the last to walk out of Paris on the Platte, with Faye, herself, on its last day of business. I gave Faye the only print I ever made of a photograph I took of the tables, there... iconic as they were. I have a pretty complete set of Paris menus from over the years, including the piece shown, here. I did spoken word, there... saw the local kids all seeking that greater stage. So many loves, some of whom are also no longer with us. In my memory castle, in the foundations that make me who I am, there will always be Paris.


You are my people! Oh so many memories of Paris, St. Marks, The Mercury Cafe and Cafe Euphrates. Growing up in the burbs of Denver and then escaping to the downtown coffee houses is how I spent most of my afternoon’s and weekends in my teen years. Smoking, laughing and reading while getting introduced to new people who I was able to vibe with. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.


Ah Muddy's ... So many memories pact into clove cigarettes, poetry on cheap shelves, and the taste of Fruit Loops in the guise of the Egyptian Sunrise

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