Iconic Dino’s Italian Food in Lakewood set to close in September

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Dino’s Italian Food, a staple along West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, will close its doors for good next month.

The popular restaurant has been around since 1961.

“It’s an emotional rollercoaster in a lot of ways,” said Judy Duren, the restaurant’s owner.

Duren’s father, Dino DiPaolo, founded the eatery. The initial menu he created featured pizza, pasta and sandwiches — and pretty much has remained the same since.

"I think it is a great tribute to my family, to my father,” Duren said. “So many people have come through the years. He was a really good restaurateur."

Duren said the amount of money it costs to run a restaurant nowadays is just too high to maintain.

She’s hoping a developer will come along who’s interested in the property.

Dino’s will continue operating until its last day on Sept. 30.

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