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Final days of Dino’s Italian Food in Lakewood are busy

Dino’s Italian Food is doing so much business in its final days on West Colfax, it will be closed to customers on Mondays for the next six weeks to keep up with all its food prep demands.

Dino’s owner Judy Duren announced earlier this month that the Lakewood institution will be closing Sept. 30, mainly because of the rising costs associated with maintaining its building and equipment. The business has been serving homemade red sauce and Italian favorites at 10040 W Colfax Ave. since Duren’s parents, Dino and Jeannene DiPaolo, founded it in 1961.

Since the closing date was made public, people have been streaming through the doors, Duren said. Waiting lists are common even at lunchtime.

That has made it hard for the staff to keep up with demand, particularly when it comes to preparing labor-intensive items like lasagna and Dino’s specialty meatballs, which are rolled by a custom-made machine. To make sure the restaurant doesn’t run out of items and to her give her staff a break, Duren said Dino’s will be closed on Mondays from here on out save for its last day, Monday, Sept. 30.

“I don’t want people to not be able to come and be mad, but if they come and we are out of something, they are mad at that, too,” she said. “I am really trying to bridge that gap and please everybody.”