Urinals Made of SOLID PLATINUM

There can be no other reason for this:

Where the urinals are made of gold

If you’re in Downtown Denver and you’re looking for a bagel, you could do worse than Bruegger’s. Enter on Stout Street just north of 17th and place your order at the first counter you get to. Continue to your left to add a coffee and pay for your meal at the next counter down. Then have a seat, crack open your laptop, and sign on at the friendly splash screen (“Our WiFi is free and you are welcome to stay as long as you like. So relax and have another cuppa joe!”).

Eventually you will need to go to the bathroom. Coffee, y’know. And you will ask at the counter, and at the counter you will be told, “Go out that door and take the unlabeled door immediately on your left. Then… oh, just follow the hall. You’ll find it.”

In Downtown Denver, every eating establishment would appear to be attached, via a labyrinthine series of hallways, to the bowels of the neighboring hotel-like entity. This particular hallway will take you past the kitchen/delivery entrances of Bruegger’s, Three Sisters, and the Magnolia Ballroom (that last presumably to do with the Magnolia Hotel across 17th). Just before you get to the Ballroom’s loading dock entrance (“No Public Access”), you’ll find the restrooms.

And you’ll see the twelve-inch-thick safe door that potentially stands between the world and the men’s room.

(The women’s room, one should note, has no such safeguard.)

The door is bolted to the wall to keep in open, and there really is nothing past it but the men’s. So it’s not doing much these days besides looking impotently imposing. But I have to presume that the area housing the men’s room used to be a fully functional safe; surely one doesn’t install that kind of heavy-duty hardware for mere decoration?

Can any Denver history buffs shed light on this enigma?

2 Comments so far

  1. nwilker on February 6th, 2009 @ 11:55 am

    That is funny and now a stop I must make!
    I must also profess my love for the Brueggers – I’m an east coast gal by birth and i am a bagel and donut snob!

  2. simmons on February 6th, 2009 @ 1:43 pm

    Nice! And thanks for the heads up on the free wi-fi at Bruegger’s.

    This reminded me of the Broker Restaurant, in the basement of the old Denver National Bank building. One of the seating areas in the Broker is actually in an old bank vault with a crazy vault door like that.

    Bruegger’s is located in the Bank Lofts building (a friend of mine lived there for a while), which is right next door to the Broker. This building used to be the US National/Guaranty Bank Building, so I suspect that the men’s restroom area is also an old bank vault.

    According to DenverInfill:

    The US National/Guaranty Bank Building (now the Bank Lofts) was built in 1921 and designed by Fisher & Fisher in a reserved Chicago Commercial style. In the 1980s it sat vacant and was almost razed, but fortunately received landmark status and a subsequent full renovation into lofts.


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