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Linger: Historic Denver Mortuary Now a Slightly Macabre Restaurant

[Photo: Tara Polly Photography]

The former site of Denver's historic Olinger Mortuary is now a new bar and restaurant called Linger. Rather than being skeeved out by the building's history, chef/owner Justin Cucci has embraced the concept, darkening the first letter of Olinger's prominent neon sign to name his place, and changing the word "mortuaries" to "eatuaries.' The host stand is a former church pew and the decor also includes vintage funeral fans, a giant photo from Harold and Maude, and other little touches just on the whimsical side of macabre.

The body of Buffalo Bill reportedly spent six months in the space in 1917. Fortunately the restaurant, which has a menu divided into different regions of the globe, avoided the temptation to give creepy names to the cocktails, or include buffalo wings on the menu.

· Linger [Official Website]
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