Thunderbird Imperial Lounge Opens in Highlands/Sunnyside

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Courtesy Thunderbird Imperial Lounge

Denver’s list of eateries is expanding once again. The highly anticipated Thunderbird Imperial Lounge, created by local restaurateur and real estate developer Jesse Morreale, Larimer Associates/City Street Investors and contributing chef Goose Sorensen, opens December 3 at 8 p.m.

Taking the Highlands/Sunnyside spot of the infamous Subway Tavern, The Thunderbird, from the menu to the decoration, is a tribute to the past. The almost 3,000-square-foot, 150-person-capacity space will be serving up elevated, affordable comfort food including chili cheese dogs, classic sloppy joes and “The Thunderburger”—a make-your-own entrée served on a bun from Denver’s Hinman’s Bakery—and cocktails such as a whiskey sour, Manhattan and boxcar. Iconic concert posters, a jukebox, vintage Thunderbird ads, Mad Magazine covers and historic headlines from the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post decorate the restaurant.

“It’s been a lot of fun finding the right balance of memorabilia and meaningful antiques to match the concept, food and drinks menus,” Morreale says. “We look forward to sharing it all with our friends and new neighbors.”

A large year-round patio and bar also are part of the restaurant, and the owners will welcome menu input from regulars and neighbors on what they would like to see once they get everything running smoothly.

What: Thunderbird Imperial Lounge opening
When: Grand Opening: December 3 at 8 p.m.; initially open Monday-Friday 4 p.m.-2 a.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10-2 a.m., with full menu service open until 11 p.m. nightly
Where: 3759 Lipan St.
Cost: Food menu: $4-$18; drinks: $3-$4 for canned beers and $4.50 for well cocktails

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