First Look: Spanky’s Urban Roadhouse reopens with a brand spanking new interior and a new menu

spankys-urban-roadhouse-Years ago, when my teenager was a toddler, we ate at Spanky’s Roadhouse more times than I can count. After all, a burger and a shake is every kid’s dream dinner. Once Elliott discovered sushi and Thai food, however, the weekly ritual ceased, and we stopped going to Spanky’s, which had already started to grow weary, especially as new restaurants continued to pop up near the DU neighborhood, where Spanky’s has been a fixture for years. But in late October, the venerable college hangout closed, the result of a high-end makeover, and last week, Spanky’s reopened as Spanky’s Urban Roadhouse, all brand spanking shiny and new. “Spanky’s has grown up,” says general manager Matt Flator, adding that the restaurant, which is owned by Dan Shipp and his brothers John and Mike, who also operate Hodsons Bar & Grill, Reiver’s Bar & Grill and the Dusty Boot, was completely gutted. In fact, all that remains from the original Spanky’s is the logo — and even that has been spruced up. “We wanted to go for that college feel, but the focus was on building an upscale diner with a retro-urban look,” adds Flator.

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