Spanky’s Urban Roadhouse

Denver, CO

McDermott Associates transformed the former Spanky’s Roadhouse into a new, vibrant retro diner called Spanky’s Urban Roadhouse. The 1,786 square foot remodel focused on retaining a college-town feel (Spanky’s is quite close to the University of Denver campus) while bringing in upscale diners with a retro-urban atmosphere and menu.

To create the right balance between past and present within Spanky’s, McDermott Associates added new features such as an exposed red brick wall near the bar, which is complemented by re-purposed signage from the old bar. Opening the ceiling and adding metallic and glass light fixtures and pendants gave the space a more updated look, while sleek metal detailing and a thoughtful use of color help Spanky’s retain a vintage feel.


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