Popular Lakewood restaurant closing its doors

Standing room only as customers say goodbye

Bob Wooley
bwooley@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 3/4/22

It’s just after 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, and when you try to pull into the parking lot of Nick’s Cafe in Lakewood, there’s a problem. There are no parking spaces.

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Popular Lakewood restaurant closing its doors

Standing room only as customers say goodbye

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It’s just after 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, and when you try to pull into the parking lot of Nick’s Cafe in Lakewood, there’s a problem. There are no parking spaces. 

No worries. You decide to sneak into the lot next door — there’s always open spaces there. But now you have a new problem. Because that lot is also full. 

In fact, the lots aren’t just full, but people have parked in places where no parking space exists. Which is now another problem, because you can barely turn around to get out of the lot, turn back onto the busy road and try the whole thing over again. 

Then, as you’re undertaking this maneuver, you realize that you actually have a fourth problem — people waiting for a table at Nick’s have spilled out onto the sidewalk and are watching you make a 20-point turn trying to re-orient your vehicle without scraping one of their cars, which makes the whole thing more stressful.

So, how did all of these problems come to be? Nick’s is going to close its doors after nearly 35 years of serving up breakfast and lunch in his cozy spot on Simms Street. So, friends, neighbors, Elvis fans and loyal customers want to say goodbye. 

The restaurant broke the news with a heartfelt message on Facebook.

After 30 some years it is time. Our last day will be March 10. We have had customers become friends and have seen couples become families and families grow. We are blessed in so many ways to have shared so many memories with you all. We will be donating a few of our treasures to History Colorado. Thank you for your support over the years and may God bless you all,” it said.

About the Elvis reference: If you’ve been there, no explanation is required. If not, you should know that virtually every square inch of Nick’s Cafe is covered in Elvis Presley memorabilia. And that’s not just a coincidence. Owner Nick Anderlakis helped create the legendary “Fools Gold” sandwich — a Presley favorite, and nearly heart-stopping crowd pleaser, combining peanut butter, grape jelly and bacon stuffed into a hollowed out loaf of warm bread when he was just 16 years old. He served it to the King himself. It’s been on the menu forever, so you too, can eat like a king. If you want to try it, there may still be time. But consider taking an Uber.

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