Demolition of the former Cheyenne Pizza Hut begins

Monday (June 14, 2021) saw the start of the demolition of the old Pizza Hut on Lincolnway in Cheyenne. The long-vacant building will be demolished, along with the old neighboring Poor Richards building, to make way for a new restaurant and cafe.

After closing and moving to a new location in the early 2010s, the building briefly housed a garden center and nursery. The restaurant next door, Poor Richard, closed in 2020. This now vacant building will also be demolished.

According to Cheyenne Town, the two lots on Lincolnway block between Carbon avenues and Converse avenues in Cheyenne will welcome a new Culver location of the restaurant and cafe named Human bean.

The local Culver franchise has an established location in Cheyenne, on Del Range near the Frontier Mall. This will be the first Human Bean location in Cheyenne, there are locations in Laramie and northern Colorado.

CLASSIC CHEYENNE: Cole Mall

In December 2020, Blue Federal Credit Union completed its new headquarters at the corner of Converse and Pershing in Cheyenne. Well, it’s not so much a “corner” as the smooth edge of a roundabout, but anyway. Before Blue FCU built its new campus, the site was once a top shopping destination for Cheyenne. From the 1950s to 2016, it was the Cole de Cheyenne Mall.
Local businessman Frank Cole purchased the land that would become a Cheyenne gathering place in the 1950s when the Converse and Pershing corner was the edge of town. From 1952, Three different Safeway grocery stores have called the Cole home during its half-century of existence. A plethora of other stores also served the neighborhood. From cinema to Blockbuster; there was the Cole Department Store, the Fabric Store, the East Branch of the Carnegie Library, and more.
As Cheyenne grew and changed, the mall fell into decline. The stores have closed and the new ones have not taken their place. The area’s anchor, Safeway, closed permanently in 2016 and much of the rest followed. In 2018, the buildings were demolished and new construction started.

The Cole was such an integral part of the neighborhood that when we asked about people’s memories on social media, we were inundated with hundreds of responses.

Check out several of these memorabilia below, as well as several photos of the Cole Mall, most of which were taken in the late twenties.


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