Latest News – April 19

Leadville Bar/Café Scene Looks Back, Remembers

Yesterday marked two significant occasions in the Leadville bar and café scene. And it was Leadville’s west side that stole the spotlight, celebrating two great people, two great families, and two great businesses.

It was a packed house down at The Pastime Saloon as hundreds showed up to honor Jerry "Red" Seme. Photo: Dawn Todd Flores.

It was a packed house down at The Pastime Saloon as hundreds showed up to honor Jerry “Red” Seme. Photo: Dawn Todd Flores.

On April 18, friends and family gathered to attend the memorial for Jerry “Red” Seme, owner of The Pastime Saloon at 120 W. 2nd Street in Leadville. The day started with a brief, but very moving service at the Bailey Kent Funeral Home. After the memorial uptown, Jerry was “shown the love” as hundreds attended a more informal gathering, down at the bar on old State Street, which has been in her husband Roy’s family since 1938.

Daughter Wendy (aka Lorinda) was greeting guests at the memorial for her mother who passed away on March 3, 2015. Also in attendance was Jerry’s red-headed granddaughter Missy (Melissa, Tina’s daughter) who shared some loving memories of the hard work ethic lessons that her grandmother taught her, by demonstrating them every day of her life. Hundreds of family and friends filed into the historic saloon to express condolences to Roy, Jerry’s husband for more than 50 years, sharing heart-warming stories of this one-of-a-kind lady. Jerry would have loved it – you’ll be missed, Red!

Honoring Jerry are her family: (left to right) Sister Connie, Daughter Wendy, Granddaughter Missy and Husband Roy. Photo: Dawn Todd Flores.

Honoring Jerry are her family: (left to right) Sister Connie, Daughter Wendy, Granddaughter Missy and Husband Roy. Photo: Dawn Todd Flores.

Roy did mention that the Pastime plans to re-open on May 1 and wanted to thank the Leadville community for all their love and support they have shown for Jerry and his family during this difficult time. Stay tuned to Leadville Today will bring you all the details, as the Pastime gears up for the summer season. It’s about time for one of those delicious burgers on the patio, don’t you think?

Later yesterday evening, The Grill Bar and Café down on Elm Street marked the 50th Anniversary of the popular Mexican food eatery.

Leadville locals were treated to a special 50th Anniversary Mexican food buffet. Que bueno!

Leadville locals were treated to a special 50th Anniversary Mexican food buffet. Que bueno!

The Leadville community came out in full force, and was treated to all of their favorite menu items with a special Mexican food buffet. The place was packed and everywhere you turned someone was sharing another memory of the restaurant which was started in 1965 by Robert Martinez, who passed away in 1994. Current owners James Martinez and Linda Duthie greeted hundreds of guests, as often times it was standing room only, with locals ready for some fiesta. The staff did a great job keeping up with the crowds. Robert’s daughter Beverly and son John were also enjoying the felicidades, reminiscing about their family’s 50 years in business.

“I remember when the kitchen was where the pool table is now,” said John Martinez. “And some of our small bedrooms were way off the back of the present day dining room.” The family has been sharing some great historic photos leading up to their Golden Anniversary on The Grill Bar & Cafe Facebook Page.

So yesterday it was Leadville’s west side that stole the spotlight, celebrating two great people, two great families, and two great businesses. Be sure to support them; they’ve hung in there a real, long time.

La Familia: The Grill Bar and Cafe Owner James Martinez (left) celebrates 50 years with sister Beverly (middle) and brother John (right).  The popular eatery was started by their father Robert in 1965.

La Familia: The Grill Bar and Cafe Owner James Martinez (left) celebrates 50 years with sister Beverly (middle) and brother John (right). The popular Mexican food restaurant was started by their father Robert in 1965 at 715 Elm Street in Leadville.

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