Customer Testimonies

 “The food was delicious and the waitress was very nice. … I definitely want to go back.”
- Audrey Cornwell on Pete’s Kitchen

”I can't describe how wonderful our server, Madrid was. She was attentive and super sweet. The food did not disappoint, the shrimp Santorini was on point and everything else was just as good.”
- Lisa Montoya on Pete’s Greek Town Cafe


a denver tradition since 1962

Welcome to Pete's Restaurants! We have been a family owned and operated Denver tradition for 50 years, beginning at the Satire Lounge. We have expanded from there and now have six great locations specializing in terrific home cooked meals with great service. We have locations for whatever you're looking for; breakfast, lunch, dinner, private parties or catering (American-Greek or traditional authentic Greek food). Please stop in one of our restaurants and we will help you experience Pete’s!

Pete Contos

Pete Contos’ lifetime love of the restaurant business began the first day he arrived in Denver from Greece in 1956 when he watched a bartender mixing drinks and talking to customers.  He went on to work his way up in the business from dishwasher, busboy and bar-back to bartender, which he call his “trade”. 

His entrepreneurial spirit would lead him to own such unique Denver businesses as the Satire Lounge, Olympic Flame, Pete's Kitchen, Pete's Gyros Place, Pete's University Park Cafe, Pete's  Central, Pete's Ice Cream & Coffee, Pete's Greektown Cafe and The Bank Bar & Grill.

Over the years, he quietly lent a helping hand to people in need, whether paying medical bills, lending money to buy homes, or financing an education.  He was known to help former employees to start their own business and regularly did such humanitarian deeds as serving holiday dinners to the elderly and neighborhood people.

A dedicated family man with a quick wit, Pete kept his door open and his cell phone on to anyone in need and when asked about his plans to retire he simply said “I'm having too much fun.  I wish everyone would love their job as much as I do.”



Recent Press

NBC 9 News
Owner of Pete's Kitchen, staple of Denver restaurant scene, dies 85

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