In the eighty years since Mike Hatzis, a Greek immigrant and World War I veteran, opened the Columbine Café, the area has seen some dramatic changes. Located near the Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Colo., what used to be horse pastures is now an outlet mall, a Super Target, and rows of car dealerships. And a bar that used to be packed from 7 a.m. to close now struggles to survive.
The Columbine has only had Coors on draft in its 80-yearexistence.
Current owner Harry Artemis, 84, Hatzis's nephew, bought the bar in 1976, while he was working at Coors. For decades, he catered to a generation of Coors workers who are mostly long retired.
"We've got only two kinds of beer on tap -- Coors and Coors Light," his son Chris, 53, said.
The Columbine is in Pleasant View, Colo., a tiny community of 4,000 squeezed between Denver suburbs Golden and Lakewood. Surrounded by encroaching development, Pleasant View's population declined 2% from 2000 to 2010.
The bar -- with nine barstools, four booths and three tables -- long served as the community's living room.
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