Breakfast King closes in Denver after 47-year of 24-hour service

Another diner bites the dust in Denver.

The 24-hour Breakfast King has closed its doors as of Monday, Jan. 3. The Colorado Sun was first to confirm the news.

Open since 1975 at the corner of Santa Fe and Mississippi, the King was a true roadside institution in the city.

Customers sat at vinyl booths and ordered biscuits and gravy or chicken-fried steak. The restaurant served all day every day until the start of the pandemic in 2020.

A sign on the front door reads, “We are temporarily closed.”

Another says, “Help wanted.”

And another: “We are short staffed. Please be patient with the staff that did show up. No one wants to work anymore.”

A longtime employee and the business’ accountant confirmed Breakfast King’s permanent closure on Monday to The Sun. Calls to the restaurant’s owners were not immediately returned on Tuesday.

Breakfast King joins a growing list of classic diners, greasy spoons and late-night local institutions that have closed over the last two years. Among them are Tom’s Diner, Denver Diner, 20th Street Cafe, Pete’s Greek Town and El Chapultepec.

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