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As 5 o’clock rolls around and the sun begins to set, people are making their way out of work and headed to a nearby restaurant to grab an appetizer and cocktail. The summer continues to heat up and more and more people are taking a break from cooking to head out for a night on the town. And with living in a city as beautiful as Denver, it’s important to find a place that’s tasty, unique and comes with a rooftop deck—that’s where Linger Eatuary comes in.

Less than five minutes from our Riverfront Park apartments, and complete with a 1oo-seat rooftop deck, Linger is routinely packed with locals and tourists as they mindfully munch on Korean barbecue tacos and Colorado lamb kabobs. Providing guests with views of the Denver skyline, this spot is filled with cuisine from all over the world, allowing you the opportunity to take your pick from Middle Eastern, Indian, Caribbean, Asian and European dishes.

For Asian cuisine, go with menu items such as the pork potstickers or chicken satay lettuce wraps. Another option is the delicious vietnamese crepe, filled with 5-spice cashews, Chinese sausage, crispy beans and topped with orange chutney and tahini sauce. When it comes to their Indian dishes, take your pick from the roasted beet salad or potato masala dosa, a tasty lentil crepe filled with green beans, peas and apricots, with a coconut mint chutney that will have you coming back for seconds. In terms of their Middle Eastern cuisine, choose from their Persian sliders or switch things up with the yellowfish tuna tostadas. Long story short, there’s a lot to choose from. Be sure to come with an appetite!

What makes this eclectic hot-spot even better, is the morbid history that stands behind it. Previously a mortuary, Linger Eatuary was once home to the Olinger family funeral business, which was a major player in conducting funerary services for much of those in the Denver area. After the building was purchased and transformed into a restaurant, the new owners made sure to combine the history of the building with the now modernized decor. The rooftop neon sign that once read Olinger Mortuaries at night now reads Linger Eatuaries after dark, and other original fixtures like conveyor belts, huge air conditioning units and garage doors have been similarly repurposed. A church pew is now home to your hostess before bringing they guide you over to your table.

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However, remnants of the past haven’t slowed down the popularity of this Denver dining spot. With gluten-free and vegan options to choose from, Linger Eatuary has made sure to have something for everyone. At the same time, their food is all locally sourced, guaranteeing a fresh plate (in an otherwise deathly setting).

If you’re in the mood to check out this restaurant for yourself, choose to go during lunch, brunch or dinner. Their brunch, which runs Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2:30pm, lets you pick from sweet or savory dishes while you sip on bottomless mimosas and bloody marys. If you’re in the mood to check out their happy hour, it runs each weekday from 4-6:30pm and offers $5 beers, $6 wines and cocktails and a limited food menu with $5 plates.

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