New Linger Restaurant in LoHi

Linger

With a design tribute to the 1970’s Harold and Maude Comedy restaurant creator Justin Cucci has again given Denver a truly amazing culinary experience with his launch of Linger in the LoHi Denver neighborhood.    The amazing Linger Lounge offers a Lite Brite illuminated bar and incredible Downtown Denver skyline views.  The main dining room offers spacious high ceilings and and open kitchen to view the culinary team at work.  In the works… a rooftop deck.

Previously occupied by the Olinger Mortuary the new Linger restaurant takes a spin on the history of it’s location serving up specialty cocktails such as the Corpse Reviver #2.5, the Wink and Nod, and the Widow’s kiss.  The great team at Linger likes to point out that they plan to be well known for their spirits.. but only the friendly kind.  While it is true that Linger is in the previous Olinger location the actual lounge and dining area occupy the previous insurance and billing offices and the garage that once housed the many hearse vehicles.  As added insurance against any pesky poltergeists they brought in a paranormal expert who checked the location out.  They did say a few spirits were about but they were all benevolent.

But there are many “wink and a nod” tributes to the location’s history.  Most notable is the name and the prominent bright blue neon signage of the Linger sign.  Just a drop of the O and Olinger is now Linger.  Take a closer look and you will see that mortuary now reads “eatuary”. A tip of the hat to their creative team for this great touch.

What is our milehimodern consensus from this past weeks tasting…. It’s a very Spirited Cheer! Our taste bud’s are in heaven.  Justin’s incredible Mixology team from Root Down is sharing it’s time at Linger to build another incredible coctail list and the menu delights the taste buds with flavors and culinary dishes from around the world.  The menu allows you to take a tour through this international world of flavors with such favorites as Chinese Spring Onion Pancakes (Asia), Maple Leaf Duck Wings (Americas), Organic Carrot & Turkish Apricot Knofte (Eurasia), Elysian Fields Lamb Belly Tagine (Africa @ the Middle East) and Panelle (Europe).

And don’t forget to save room for desert.  The favorite dessert recommended by our server was the Kuefe with Phyllo Strands, Clotted Cream, Pistachios, Rhubarb-Rose Petal Jam & Orange Blossom Syrup.

Linger opens tomorrow to the public tomorrow so grab your reservation today. I wouldn’t be caught dead missing out on this.

And one final note to the first time visitor to Linger. Justin and his team have a great reputation for sustainable practices and while I love the recycled railcar floor tables and other design elements my favorite green living feature is in the bathrooms. You can’t miss it and I’ll leave you curious enough to go and find out yourself.

Make your reservation for the new Linger in LoHi Here.

Contributing Writer/Photographer –
Mike Miller
Urban Brain Inc.
theurbanbrain@mac.com