Denver Diner’s conversion into a Chase branch is complete.
The New York-based bank opened its branch at 740 W. Colfax Ave., on the corner of the bustling intersection of Colfax and Speer Boulevard, on Dec. 28, according to a branch staffer.
Chase bought the building on 0.37 acres in October 2021 for $4.88 million from Denver-based Brue Baukol Capital Partners.
Chase originally proposed demolishing the diner building and constructing a new one, but later changed its mind and opted to alter the original structure. The new look hints at the diner’s original Googie architecture but is notably different.
The White Spot diner chain began operating at the site in the mid-1960s, according to The Denver Post. The Skordos family bought the restaurant, and later the property, in the 1990s. The family sold the real estate to Brue Baukol in 2018 and ceased operating the diner in late 2020 when indoor dining was banned.
Chase donated the 800-pound Denver Diner sign to the Colfax Avenue Museum, according to Westword.
Further east on Colfax, the former Tom’s Diner — once eyed for demolition — morphed last year into Tom’s Starlight, a higher-end “cocktail cabana.” And just this month, the former Pete’s Greek Town Cafe building at 2190 E. Colfax Ave. sold to a pediatric dentistry chain.