The north Denver address at 3759 Lipan Street has proved puzzling, as evidenced by a string of turnovers, and most recent closure of the Thunderbird Imperial Lounge, which only opened last November, reports Westword.
In a July 15 Facebook post, the behind-the-scenes team wrote:
“To our valued patrons, friends, family and fans: As of close of business on Friday, July 14, The Thunderbird Imperial Lounge has closed its doors for business permanently.”
The location has a long history in the neighborhood – teetering on the edge of the Lower Highlands and Sunnyside – formerly housing Longo’s Subway Tavern for nearly 50 years. When that establishment shuttered in 2012, Larimer Associates took over the property, opening Sunnyside Burger Bar in 2014 following a face-lift and expansion. The location then changed operators in January 2016 to become TAG Burger Bar, under Chef/Restaurateur Troy Guard’s Denver restaurant umbrella.
The Thunderbird was a joint project between Larimer Associates – responsible for other restaurant rehabs including LoHi Steakbar, Billy’s Inn and Ernie’s Bar & Pizza – and restaurateur Jesse Morreale, who earned a fan base with Rock Bar and El Diablo. Under the guidance of Solera’s Goose Sorensen, the menu and atmosphere aimed to be elevated and nostalgic, with affordable comfort food ranging from burgers and wings to salads and sandwiches.
Joe Vostrejs, a partner in Larimer Associates says the closure followed lackluster sales and an inability to figure out the space.