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The original building was built in 1859 and housed many businesses over the years. The first floor was a grocery store, with the second floor home to the first public hall (Metropolitan Hall), which hosted gatherings from church services to dances. During this period, Golden was the capital of the Colorado territory. The territorial council, the equivalent of a senate, met in the second-floor meeting hall from 1862 to 1866. Many of Colorado’s earliest laws were voted on there.
After the Civil War, the building was occupied by The Golden Paper Mill, the first paper mill west of the Mississippi. A successful mercantile was also housed in the store front. The Metropolitan Hall continued as a public hall. In the 1870’s, a new owner remodeled the hall into the Overland House, a hotel and restaurant. It served many travelers on the Wells Fargo company overland stagecoaches.
Some famous guests included U.S. Generals Grant, Sherman and Sheridan. Over the years shadier guests caused trouble, including shootouts with the local sheriff. The first shootout took place in 1860 inside the bar and it is said that the ghosts of some of these notorious men still lurk here.
In 1917, Colorado voted for prohibition two years before the rest of the nation. To survive, the saloon converted to soft drinks, going back to liquor when prohibition was repealed.
The Buffalo Rose continues the building’s legacy, offering food, drink and live entertainment, plus banquet and event facilities.
Source: Buffalo Rose
Buffalo Rose will close Nov. 19 so the building can undergo extensive renovations. The reopening of the new restaurant and event center is planned for fall 2018.Owner Chris Cone said plans to redevelop the Buffalo Rose were planned even before Cone purchased the business in spring 2016.“Figuring out the right building design, the best project timing, the optimal format for the new business, along with holding many conversations with the various stakeholders in the community, has taken some time,” Cone said. “Right now, we’re very excited about the new facility and what it will mean for the business and for downtown Golden.”The business will operate as the Buffalo Rose and will continue to have a restaurant and bar on the south side and an event venue on the north. The esthetic of the new buildings draws heavily from the historical structures that have occupied the property since the mid-1800s.“In working with the project architects, I wanted to create a facility that had all of the functional aspects of contemporary construction, but that also reflected the compelling history of the property. I think we ultimately produced exactly what we were after,” Cone said.The main entrance to the new restaurant will be at 12th Street and Washington Avenue. The restaurant will also get a new commercial kitchen.The entrance to the event venue will be on Washington Avenue, beneath new marquis signage, and will have a private lounge on the second floor that has views of Lookout Mountain, a private bar, a fireplace and dining space.The lounge also will overlook the downtown district on one side and open into the interior main venue space on the other. The event venue will continue to host concerts.“The Buffalo Rose is an iconic Golden business,” Cone said. “The project team and I have said repeatedly throughout the process that we just wanted to make it a better version of itself. I believe that is precisely what we’re doing.”for more information, go to buffalorose.net or email email@example.com.
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