“This community has been looking for a way to activate the tower space for a long time,” said Denver City Council President Chris Herndon, who represents Stapleton. “Punch Bowl Social offers a family-friendly environment for dining and entertainment, and a great neighborhood option for date night for parents. It’s exciting to have a homegrown company invest in our community and add to the vibrancy and character of Northeast Denver” (BusinessWire).
“The control tower is a landmark in this community and in the city of Denver,” the Councilman added.
Robert Thompson, CEO and Founder of Punch Bowl Social, stated, “As a company, we are intentional about seeking out locations that have historic roots but need a new purpose. There’s a lot of interest in seeing the tower preserved and we intend to retain the character that’s so familiar and appealing to locals and visitors alike” (BusinessWire).
“We have been searching for an adaptive reuse opportunity for quite some time, and know Stapleton residents as well as the larger community will find this to be an exciting and invigorating use of the tower,” says John S. Lehigh, President and COO of Forest City Stapleton, Inc (now Brookfield Properties).(BusinessWire).
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By: Molly Armbrister, Denver Business Journal
Twenty years after a plan was set in motion to redevelop the Stapleton Airport site into a community, officials Monday announced plans for redeveloping the piece of Stapleton Airport that still serves as the strongest reminder of the airport.
The Stapleton Control Tower looms large over the rest of the neighborhood at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Central Park Boulevard. The 17,000-square-foot building will become the latest location for Punch Bowl Social, a restaurant and bar with an entertainment element added in.
Punch Bowl Social’s first location on South Broadway has become increasingly popular, with food and drink augmented by traditional bar games such as billiards, darts and a full bowling alley.