The original Cherry Cricket opens, aptly named Mary Zimmerman’s Bar, since Mary Zimmerman was the founder and the bar was also her home.
This Way to The Cricket
Lloyd Page buys the restaurant, changes the name to Cherry Cricket — although no one knows why – and has Denver’s own Gordon Signs build the marquee that’s still the beacon for award-winning burgers.
Shakes & The Spins
Bernard Duffy assumes ownership and soon adds the famous rotating “Duffy’s” sign. You could dine on the prime rib lunch buffet for $2.50, and many, many people did just that.
A Black Sheep is Born
Duffy retires and ownership details get a little sketchy. So does The Cricket’s reputation. But every journey has its darker moments.
Eli McGuire breathes new life into the Cherry Cricket as the next proprietor. Her dream? Make the Cherry Cricket “the best damn bar around.” Proof that dreams can come true.
Eli gives ownership to Wynkoop, the company established by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and co-founder of Denver’s first brewpub, now among the largest brewpubs in the world.
Food Channel Fame
Aaron Sanchez experiences the Cricket, tells Food Channel viewers that his burger was “the best thing I ever ate.”
Burger Joint Infamy
Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food showcases the Cricket as “one of the best burger joints in America.”
Fring The Alarm
Smoked up the ‘hood. Kitchen fire the night before Thanksgiving, closed for 5 months.
The Cricket Comeback
In April, the Cherry Cricket reopens after the fire, everything looks the same, guests can’t even tell there was ever a fire. Still the same old “black sheep of Cherry Creek.”
Ballpark Burgers in 2018
We’re still slinging burgers, serving the best local beer, creating memories, and “smoke up the hood,” but in a good way.