Punch Bowl Social to Acquire Control Tower Land and Begin LONG Construction Project

DENVER, CO - MARCH 9: A plan is announced to restore the air traffic control tower in Stapleton and turn it in to a second location for the Denver-based Punch Bowl Social. It will also serve as the company's corporate headquarters. The tower is located at the intersection of Central Park Blvd. and Martin Luther King Blvd. (Photo by Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 9: A plan is announced to restore the air traffic control tower in Stapleton and turn it in to a second location for the Denver-based Punch Bowl Social. It will also serve as the company’s corporate headquarters. The tower is located at the intersection of Central Park Blvd. and Martin Luther King Blvd. (Photo by Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post)

By April, it appears Punch Bowl Social will have the deed to the 2.2 acres of land around the control tower and will be able to begin construction on the cool new fun and eatery™. The project won’t be easy, according to Project Manager Randy Gibbons. “There are so many things that need to be addressed,” said Gibbons. “There are structural issues, electrical issues, design issues, etc., etc. Plus, it’s not like we simply need to upgrade things. We are repurposing the facility. It was a place to direct planes, now it needs to be a place that sells food. It’s a monster of a project.”

Gibbons guesses it could be years before the new establishment would be ready to open. “If I was to be aggressive, I would say we could open in five years,” said Gibbons. “That’s including inspection and everything. Five years seems doable.” Luckily for the Punch Bowl Social team, Stapleton residents have grown accustomed to waiting. “We will have waited almost ten years for the Eastbridge Town Center,” said resident Jenny Stagemeyer. “So, five years doesn’t seem so bad.” “I’m always just happy to see some progress,” remarked Chris Raikin. “As long as I see some building, and some workers go in and out of there, I’m totally fine with it.

Residents can afford to be more patient with the opening of the town center, the light rail, and the Stanley Project. “It’s not like we will be sitting around twiddling our thumbs watching the project go up,” said Raiklin. “There will be plenty of new places to eat, as there are existing ones. But, yeah, it’s exciting.” Project Manager Gibbons says he looks forward to his biggest challenge ever in the construction industry. “I believe there is going to be a documentary on the project, as well there should be,” said Gibbons. “It is going to be quite the transformation.”

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