Linger Denver is an uber-cool restaurant that was formerly a famed mortuary. It is on the same site where the American scout, bi...
Linger Denver is an uber-cool restaurant that was formerly a famed mortuary. It is on the same site where the American scout, bison hunter, and showman Buffalo Bill was laid to rest. It is based in Denver, the capital city of western US state Colorado.
Here’s an account of the unique building history, menus, funerary interiors of this multicultural roof-top eatery and how it has evolved during its century-long existence.
The location was the base of the Olinger family’s funeral empire that was in charge of carrying out half of Denver’s funerals. In 1917, the corpse of “Buffalo Bill” Cody was housed for six months. There was even a dispute between Wyoming and Colorado as to who would serve as his final burial ground in which Colorado won.
Soon after the space was bought by new owners, its funerary history was readily accepted. The rooftop neon sign showing“Olinger Mortuaries” had only capital “O” removed and the word “mortuaries” went through a minor change “eatuaries”. This was done to show current sign as “Linger Eatuaries.”
One can easily notice from the restaurant’s interior that the place has had a funerary history. The old AC units were transformed into hanging lamps, the church pew is used as the host’s stand and the glass-topped metal conveyor belts serve as tables.
The ground floor is composed of huge garage doors through which corpse-laden hearses entered. Currently, it is opened only to offer summer dinners a breeze. The basement level, which was once an Olinger’s preserving space for bodies, is now a mixed-use retail space inclusive of an athletic club.
One can also find other morbid accents such as water being served from formaldehyde bottles. There’s also a picture from one of the cinema’s most touching paeans to death ‘Harold and Maude’.
Besides the deathly history and accents, the multi-cultural cuisines provide a singular and extraordinary group dining experience. Linger has four distinctive dining areas that are an ideal setting for all kinds of events.
The private dining room accommodates up to 40 guests. The upstairs lounge is ideal for a cocktail party of up to 50 guests. The main dining room has large windows facing toward downtown that can serve 20-200 guests. The rooftop patio can host 35-100 guests and is an amazing option from spring through fall. (7.1)
The eatuary offers an exceptional dining experience with globally inspired cuisines with exclusive menus for dinner, happy hour, lunch, brunch, rooftop brunch & dinner, (weather permitting), dessert, kids, and Drinks. It also has a SPECIAL menu that says “3 for $30 Tuesdays”.
The seasonal menu can be revamped to cater to any allergies or the group’s food choices. Linger has a wide-ranging wine, beer and cocktail program which is attached by a rotating selection of craft cocktails, wine, and beer favorites from Colorado and other parts of the world. (7.2)
Take a 360 degree view at the eatuary ‘Linger Denver’ here.
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