Having been in operation for almost a century, Linger Eatuary is a restaurant that has a deep, dark history, and quite a morbid one at that. They are, however, not the least bit shy about sharing their origins and, in fact, have chosen to celebrate them. Having evolved from a mortuary to an eatery, the slight twist to the name makes a little more sense. Once the home of the Olinger family’s funeral empire, the original sign, which once read Olinger Mortuary, only received minor modification under the new management to become the Linger Eatuary. The same is true of the interior as well, with a church pew for the host stand and metal conveyor belts used as tables, while the old A/C units are now hanging lamps. The decor is incredibly tongue-in-cheek, but there is enough good taste that it doesn’t detract from the charm or the appetizing menu. The large garage doors that once opened for corpse-filled hearses now simply welcome a cooling breeze, to the benefit of summer diners.
The mortuary itself was once famous for housing the remains of Buffalo Bill Cody in 1917 while Wyoming and Colorado fought over who would provide the legend with his final resting place. Now the restaurant is becoming somewhat famous itself for providing delicious cuisine from around the world with its delightfully diverse menu. They pride themselves on organic sourcing, and 75% of the menu is local and responsibly purchased. They have a fully stocked bar and a nice selection of craft and homebrew beers, wines by the glass or bottle, and a selection of specialty cocktails.
This themed restaurant offers up a slice of history alongside a tasty tipple and groovy grub. It acts as both a historic landmark and a place to relax and grab a bite to eat all in one.
Bao Buns - Pork belly, Mongolian BBQ duck, hot chicken, and the Dragon.
Africa & Middle East - Roasted beet falafel, Colorado lamb kabob, chicken b’stilla, and 36 Hour short rib tagine.
Europe & Eurasia - Chilled green minestrone, devils on horseback, currywurst, and grilled steelhead trout skewer.
Asia & South Asia - Roasted beet salad, chicken satay salad, Vietnamese crepe, dahi puri “Perfect Bites,” lemongrass pork potstickers, Korean BBQ tacos, pad thai, and masala dosa.
Americas & the Caribbean - Organic sweet potato waffle fries, crispy cheese and roasted shishito peppers, ginger chili shrimp, New England fish tacos, wagyu sliders, cricket and cassava empanada, and Argentinian beef bistro tender fajita.
The Linger Eatuary has a daily happy hour from Monday to Friday from 4:00pm to 6:30pm, whereby they have a rotating monthly menu of both food and drink that can be enjoyed at a decent discount. Check the menu for what is currently on offer. They also offer a 3 for $30 menu on Thursday, where diners can enjoy a hearty three-course meal for, you guessed it, 30 bucks.
You can call the restaurant to make a table reservation or do so online through the website. If you would like to be seated in a specific area or want to reserve a table on the rooftop to enjoy the fine weather, it’s best to call the restaurant direct so you can be specific.
The restaurant offers a brunch menu on the weekends and is open Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 2:30pm.
The restaurant opens for lunch Tuesday to Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Dinner is served Monday through Thursday and on Sundays from 5:30pm to 10:00pm and on Friday and Saturdays from 5:30pm to 11:00pm. The venue is open in between brunch, lunch, and dinner serving drinks, with happy hour beginning at 4:00pm and ending at 6:30pm.
2030 W. 30th Ave, Denver, Colorado 80211, website, Phone: 303-993-3120