Anyone in Golden over the last several decades in search of a cheap lunch would be happy to have made their way to Mier’s Deli, where half of a pastrami sandwich still went for a five dollar bill. …
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Anyone in Golden over the last several decades in search of a cheap lunch would be happy to have made their way to Mier’s Deli, where half of a pastrami sandwich still went for a five dollar bill.
But now, future generations won’t have that chance.
The South Golden Road mainstay now has a goodbye note affixed to the locked door.
“Thank you to all of our loyal customers for 29 wonderful years,” it reads. “The time has come for us to retire and move on to our next chapter in life. We thrived during COVID-19 thanks to you. May God bless all of you.”
Pam Russell, a Jeffco resident who spent years working nearby at the Jeffco Government Center before retiring last year, said she was among those who stopped by for a sandwich, only to learn the sad news.
“I was just shocked and crushed,” she said. “Really they’ve just been a part of my life for years now, I’ve been eating there once or twice a week for years, so it came as quite a blow.”
The Golden Transcript called the Mier’s Deli phone number to try to get more details about the closure and whether there would be any hope for the deli to reopen but found it had already been disconnected.
Last month, the Transcript learned from the deli’s owners that they were in the process of finalizing the sale of the deli to a local couple that would take over the business. However, the owners later told the Transcript that the sale had run into some roadblocks, although they did not mention at that point that they would be closing the deli.
It is unclear when Mier’s Deli opened, however, the website governmentcontracts.us states it opened in 1983.
Russell was far from alone in mourning the deli’s fate. Many regulars, including one who said he had been eating there since 1988, took to a post on the Golden Colorado Friends and Neighbors Facebook page to express their sadness about their closure and share memories of their hometown deli.
“I loved, loved, loved working there!” wrote Anette Tallbull. “The owners Dottie and Rich and then Sherri and Troy were awesome. My go-to place for so long, I am so sad they are gone… Will miss my heartwarming welcome every time I walked in and the fact that they always knew my order.”
Another commenter, Cindy Bartosh, also shared memories of working at Mier’s, which she wrote provided her with her first job.
“Dottie Mier taught me everything about food and food service and life,” wrote Bartosh. “I will miss the sandwiches. I miss Dottie and love her and her family. I have the best memories with them. My start wage was $2.35 an hour.”
Commenter Sue Havenor, meanwhile, wrote she would love to get a few of Mier’s recipes.
“Their jalapeno coleslaw and brownies were awesome,” she said.
Russell, meanwhile, said she loved how Mier’s had named sandwiches in honor of the Pleasant View Fire Department (“the PVFD”) and another after the National Guard in honor of the employees who worked at the nearby National Guard office and came in regularly.
“You’re not going to get that quality at that price anywhere else in town,” she said. “It was cheap and groovy.”
But commenters Katie Carr are holding out hope that it could still be reopened.
“I imagine it would be a little gold mine for somebody,” she said. “I loved that place.”
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