Iconic Davies Chuck Wagon Diner under new ownership

West Colfax mainstay bought by Aurora restauranteur

Bob Wooley
bwooley@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 3/14/22

As classics go, the year 1957 had its share. There was the ’57 Chevy, Elvis Presley released "All Shook Up" and "Jailhouse Rock," and "The Bridge on the River Kwai" ruled at the box office.

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Iconic Davies Chuck Wagon Diner under new ownership

West Colfax mainstay bought by Aurora restauranteur

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As classics go, the year 1957 had its share. There was the ’57 Chevy, Elvis Presley released "All Shook Up" and "Jailhouse Rock," and "The Bridge on the River Kwai" ruled at the box office. Lucy and Ricky entertained millions in their living rooms, while the Dodgers played their final game in Brooklyn, before heading west to Los Angeles. 

Closer to home, Davies Chuck Wagon Diner — a fully equipped, 46-ton pre-fab structure — was built in New Jersey and shipped to its present location on West Colfax Avenue. Since then, the gleaming aluminum facade and 36-foot sign, complete with neon cowboy, has been fixture in the west metro area, serving low-priced eats and offering up lots of nostalgia along the way.

Its first owner, William Lyman Davies, ran the diner until 1977 when he sold it to Clayton Lee, who in turn, sold it to Dwayne Clark seven years later.

Now, after being shepherded for the last 38 years by Clark and his wife Tammy, the legendary diner has been sold. 

Clark, who was just 21-years-old when he bought in, learned the business from his father, who operated a chain of Clarks Coffee Shops in Denver. 

The restaurant’s new owner is a familiar name in the diner game. Sam Dehghani, the owner of Rosie’s Diner, at 14061 E. Iliff Ave. in Aurora, will guide the shiny slice of Americana through its next stage of life.

Davies, Chuck, Wagon, Diner, Lakewood, Rosies, Aurora

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