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. (Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)The former Stapleton International Airport air traffic control tower has stood vacant for over 20 years — a stark monument among the manicured parks and shiny tract homes of one of Denver’s most meticulously planned suburban communities. Soon, it will have new purpose.Punch Bowl Social, the Denver-based chain of food, drink and entertainment venues, announced plans Monday to develop the iconic structure and surrounding land for its corporate headquarters and a second metro Denver location.”There’s no better repurpose for this space than to convert it into a community social gathering epicenter for the Stapleton area and beyond,” Punch Bowl Social CEO Robert Thompson said. “The entire state of Colorado cares what happens here and we promise to be good stewards of this building and its history.”The 600-capacity venue, which is set to open in Spring 2016, will create about 150 jobs, Thompson said.The original Punch Bowl Social location on South Broadway has been the focus of complaints from neighborhood residents who blame the bar for rowdy frat-boy party crowds, noise and parking woes.The Stapleton location, Thompson said, likely will not face the same pressures as the Broadway store, which he said is in “a vibrant and growing entertainment district” where the issues can’t all be pinned on Punch Bowl Social.”We are developing almost two full acres of the land, which should meet the parking needs,” he said. ” We also believe this is a walk-to and bicycling opportunity for the folks in the local area.”Proximity to Stapleton’s residential neighborhoods has already influenced design, Thompson said.”We sacrificed the mountain view to put the outdoor space on the east side, to keep it away from the residents on the back,” he said. “Our architects weren’t happy about it, but we knew it was the right thing to do.”Punch Bowl Social, with locations in Austin, Texas, Portland, … – Click Here To Visit Article Source