Daily Editorial: A true Vail tradition | VailDaily.com

Daily Editorial: A true Vail tradition

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail CO, Colorado

How many of us have memories of snarfing up crepes in the middle of the night at D.J.’s Diner in Lionshead?

Long ago, breakfast at D.J. McCadam’s Crepes and Omelets seemed like the perfect cure to those head-splitting, stomach-gnawing mornings after an evening spent having, ahem, a little too much fun in Vail.

For some of us, those wild and crazy nights weren’t so long ago.

Of course, you didn’t need to be a recovering reveler to experience D.J.’s. Locals knew the diner to be a good place to get a bite to eat.

And who hasn’t pointed a tourist or two toward Lionshead when asked, “Is there any place in this town I can get breakfast?”

Officials say the local’s favorite owes thousands in back taxes ” about $5,200 to the state and another $4,500 to the town of Vail. That’s too bad. Too bad that D.J.’s found itself in a situation where it couldn’t comply with its legal obligations. And too bad that an auction for property inside D.J.’s has been set for Tuesday.

Owner Duncan Pinnell says D.J.’s days are over in Vail. Even if he is able to pay the back taxes by the Tuesday deadline, he said he might reopen in Eagle instead. That may be happy news for us downvalley folks, but not so much for Vail residents and tourists looking for a dependable, down-home and affordable meal. And breakfast. (Have we mentioned the lack of places for breakfast?)

Vail has shed itself of several aging and irrelevant institutions in an effort to reinvent itself. Partly out of redevelopment and partly, as it seems to be in D.J.’s case, because the town has gotten too expensive for some businesses. In most cases, those relics will soon be forgotten when replaced be something bigger, better and more successful.

But D.J.’s is a landmark Vail will definitely miss.

” Tamara Miller for the Editorial Board

Support Local Journalism