The Bent Elbow
Hotel, Restaurant & Bar
Owners/Operators: Pete & LeAnn Maisel
1114 Notorious Blair Street
Silverton, Colorado 81433
Call: 970-387-5775 or Toll-free: 877-387-5775
The Bent Elbow, located in the historic gold and silver mining town of Silverton, Colorado, takes you back in time to the wild era when Silverton was a brawling and rowdy town with its round-the-clock gambling, drinking and dance hall girls.
The original Bent Elbow was built in 1907 and opened as Fattor's Tremount Saloon. It was home to a Bordello upstairs with 14 beds. It was owned by Celeste and Matilda "Big Tillie" Fattor.
After "Big Tillie's" death from pneumonia in 1918, the Saloon changed hands numerous times until it was bought by Fred Bostock in 1956. He opened it as a restaurant and bar, filled it with priceless antiques, and named it the Bent Elbow. He had live music everyday and staged melodramas and gunfights to attract and entertain tourists.
In 1968, after the building was bought by Effie and her husband R.M. "Snarky" Andreatta, it was completely destroyed by fire. Effie was a resourceful and enterprising woman, who proceeded to have the building rebuilt before the first train of the following season, all the while, making meals in a temporary kitchen at a neighboring mercantile.
Effie Andreatta was known to close the bar late after live music and be there to welcome patrons for breakfast at dawn. When Snarky died in 1972, her son Mike Andreatta joined the business and continued to run it until it was sold to the current owners, Pete and LeAnn Maisel.
The Bent Elbow Hotel rooms have been restored meticulously and mixed with old world charm and modern amenities.
Each of the six rooms at The Bent Elbow has been attentively decorated to reflect the themes of an era: from Americana, to Victorian, to Bordello.
The fully-restored restaurant and bar is a few steps away from the historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Train terminus, but many steps back through time.
The spacious dining room is located on the main floor of the Bent Elbow, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in a quality and unique atmosphere of an original old west saloon with a full bar and lunch-time honky-tonk piano player.
So come on in, relax, and enjoy a delicious meal or drinks served by the friendly staff in a turn-of-the-century atmosphere. There's nothing else like it!