Coloradans will be missing yet another great place in the Denver area. Nearly everyone in the state, and beyond, has heard of these guys; now, they'll downsizing. Not good.

When you consider all the places there are for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and even dinner, this small Colorado-born franchise ranks among the best.

By 2024, folks will be yearning for the days when they were still around. Will you be getting in there for one last visit before it's over?

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Sam's #3 has been around since 1927 in Colorado; nearly 100 years of great food, drinks, and fun. They really are legendary around the Centennial State.


Dating back to 1931, there were five "Sam's" locations (even one at Coney Island.) Sam's #3 as Coloradans now know it was the "one" location that Sam Armatas kept when breaking up with his business partner.

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Sam's #3 on Curtis eventually closed, and the re-born "Sam's 3" began operation in 1998 in Aurora in 1998. It's said to say that, after 25 years, that is the location that they'll be closing down.

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According to their Facebook post, the Armatas family feels it's time to "own their own space." That would point to them not wanting to lease the building that they are in, any further.


Some comments from their post:

So many memories. So sad to see this. You guys have seen my kids grow up at your restaurant. Knew my parents. So sad.

You guys were the best! We went many times for the best bloody Marys, and I personally LOVED your gyros sandwich. You will be missed.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For all the great years..

I will miss this place. So many awesome memories with friends and family. Soooo many delicious Bloody Mary's, food and laughs had there.

Take a look at Sam's #3 in Aurora:

Sam's #3 - Aurora

Sam's #3 in Aurora will be closing up at the end of 2023. Some photos of the great food, drinks and fun of the spot that's been open since 19998.

Gallery Credit: Dave Jensen

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