218 Walnut 1933

Fort Collins history – 1933 breakfast prices at Silver Grill!

Iconic Fort Collins restaurant celebrating 85th anniversary with 5¢ – 35¢ prices on select breakfast items.


The Silver Grill Cafe in Old Town Fort Collins will bring back 1933 breakfast prices — ranging from 5¢-35¢ — Oct. 1-5 to celebrate the restaurant’s 85th year in operation.  Only the first 85 customers each day can order from the 1933 menu. The restaurant’s regular menu also will be available at 2018 prices.


The iconic restaurant, 218 Walnut St., is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Northern Colorado, and is open 7 am – 2 pm daily. During this special anniversary week (Monday-Friday), the first 85 customers each day can enjoy 20 select menu items with prices that match what diners paid in 1933, the year the popular restaurant opened. Silver Grill staff will don 1930’s waitress outfits.


Arrive early!  Since 2012 when the first anniversary week occurred, lines of hungry customers stretched down the sidewalk before 7 am each day.


Among the 1933-priced menu items are:

  1. 35¢ omelet and toast plate
  2. 30¢ cinnamon roll
  3.  5¢ coffee, beverages and sides
  4. 35¢ French toast and one egg
  5. 30¢ steel cut oats
  6. 35¢ pork chop and two eggs smothered in cream gravy

The Silver Grill was born in 1933 when Charlie Liggett and a partner acquired the UNEEDA Lunch Cafe (You Need a Lunch…get it?) at 218 Walnut St. from a disgruntled shop owner for a mere $140. Legend has it a hungry local painter conceived the Silver Grill name and painted it on the front window in exchange for a pork chop lunch. Today, the restaurant is continuously ranked among the city’s Top 3 restaurants on TripAdvisor (out of 451 local restaurants).


“The Silver Grill’s 85-year legacy resonates today in our old brick walls, wooden floors and every plate of food we serve,” said co-owner John Arnolfo. “No matter the day, diners travel back in time. We’re proud to play such prominent role in Fort Collins’ history.”


For more information about the special 1933 menu and anniversary week, visit www.silvergrill.com or the restaurant’s Facebook page.

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