You hadn't been able to smoke inside Paris on the Platte for several years now. But the cigarette-supporting coffeehouse was one of the last holdouts after the smoking ban went into effect in 2006 -- its legal status as a "cigar bar" let the smoking indoors continue, until the spot finally gave in and went smoke-free at the end of 2009.
The scene inside Paris on the Platte when I stopped by Saturday for one final latte.
Still, as word spread quickly through social networks that the spot simply known as "Paris" would have its final coffee service on Saturday, January 17, my newsfeed was flooded with cigarette memories. First cigarettes, late-night cigarettes, shared cigarettes -- they all happened at Paris on the Platte, a bastion for youth with nowhere else to hang out, bumping elbows with a cadre of adult-like Denver types who considered the place an urban oasis in an estranged cowtown.More »