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The Oldest Restaurant in Denver

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Looking for a new and exciting dinning experience in Colorado? Denver is a powerhouse of dinning options. Denver’s hidden gem is The Buckhorn Exchange, recorded as the oldest restaurant in Denver. Just think about the years of history this place as seen! Continue reading for more information on this unique restaurant in the city. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

The Buckhorn Exchange

The Buckhorn Exchange is located in Lincoln Park, directly across from the Osage Station on the light rail. The restaurant originally opened in 1893 and looked a little different as it does today. When it was first established it was a saloon called “The Rio Grande Exchange” by American scout, Henry H. “Shorty Scout” Zietz. The building was actually constructed in 1886 by Neef Brothers Brewing Company. The Rio Grande Exchange was marketed towards railroaders, cattlemen, miners, gamblers, businessmen and even Indian chiefs.

The restaurant received the first liquor license in the state of Colorado. Also, perhaps one of the greatest and earliest stories of this establishment, it is reported that Theodore Roosevelt dined at the Buckhorn in 1905. Subsequently, Roosevelt and Zietz became fiends and went big-game hunting on Colorado’s western slope. The restaurant reports to have 500 mounted animals and trophy heads adorning the walls, including an African Cape Buffalo shot by President Teddy Roosevelt himself. Buckhorn is currently owned by Bill Dutton, former Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, Professor of Internet Studies, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Balliol College.


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