After 35 and a half years of serving up trademark burgers, free chips and salsa, a variety Mexican fare and live entertainment, De Colores is closing its doors. The restaurant, located at 2470 East Road, just past the airport, will be no more after Aug. 28
According to general manager Sue Dummer, the restaurant’s owner, Joan Duran, is ready to retire.
“It’s time,” she said. “The owner wants to retire and so it’s time.”
Dummer has been with the Duran from the beginning, back when they started the business in White Rock. Then it was a Tastee Freeze before they changed the name to “Mel’s Diner” after a TV show restaurant that was popular at the time. They then moved to the center of town on Trinity, where they came up with the name to fit in with the many colored buildings on their block. But, as landlords began to rent more and more to the Los Alamos National Laboratory and its contractors in 2003, De Colores eventually moved out by the airport, where it’s been located ever since.
According to its website, the restaurant was the longest running one in the area, having started in 1978. Dummer credits a loyal following for the restaurant’s longevity.