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Air Traffic Control Tower Transforms Into Restaurant

Dorathy Gass

If you are ever in the Denver area and looking for an interesting place to dine, you may want to check out the ‘eatertainment’ venue. It used to be an air traffic control tower for the Stapleton International Airport and was recently transformed into a restaurant with a diner-style menu, karaoke, and bowling activities … all while you take in some incredible views of the city.

CNN reported that the airport closed in 1995 and since, a variety of proposals were assembled with different ideas on how to bring the tower forward into the 21st century. The city wanted to avoid demolition, and with that idea they approached the company Punch Bowl Social; who were quite excited about diving into the project and giving back to their community as well. The company is currently revitalizing a 1924 San Diego boxing ring as well as renovating an old and run-down Denver building.

Punch Bowl was eager to keeping true to the tower’s historic exterior, and while it was a challenge, they were successful in that endeavour by using unusual and creative ideas to bring out the tower’s true essence, and still utilizing the space within effectively. The original material used on the tower’s exterior was used within the interior of the venue and design elements within are inspired by a jet-setting 20s and 30s theme. The venue’s menu also focuses on the tower’s history by featuring cocktails with aviation-inspired names – not to mention the fixtures with the restaurant that tell a story about the building’s past.

Some highlights of the interior include: the walls within the restaurant are covered with views from the tower, an incredible 30,000 feet; a hostess stand created from steamer trunks; as well as tables pushed together abstractly representing a runaway.

Not only does the ambiance and food sounds enticing, but all the differing activities within are sure to make a visit to this old tower, one worth remembering while in Denver.

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