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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

In the News - Gary Geiser

If you are outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado, you might not recognize the name Gary Geiser. Gary has owned the King's Chef Diner, a 1955 Valentine diner since 1977.

We've seen Gary's name in the news twice within the last few days. First was Nathaniel Glen's article from October 23rd's The Gazette. Mr. Glen's article is a review of the King's Chef which opened this past July. While not a manufactured diner, this location on Bijou Street represents an increase in seating capacity as compared to the thirteen seat Valentine diner.

Next is Teresa Farney's article also from the Gazette that appeared in Today's Trading Markets.com site. She writes about Gary's latest venture; hot sauce. Ms. Farney reports bottles of King's Chef chili sauce arrived in Whole Foods Market stores on October 11, 2008. In doing a little more research, we found another article mentioning Gary's green chili. Another Gazette writer, Andrew Wineke wrote on January 22, 2005 that Gary would make an appearance on tonight's Food Network program, "Al Roker's Diner Destinations."

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110 E. Costilla St.
Colorado Springs, CO
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King's Chef
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