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The name Thunder & Buttons is legendary around Colorado Springs. This bar and grill is named for the two trained elk that pulled local eccentric John â€śPrairie Dogâ€ť O'Byrne around town in the late 1800s. O'Byrne must have turned some heads back in the day, but today Thunder & Buttons is an institution, a neighborhood spot with a touch of the Old West still kicking around. Though burgers and beers have been served under the name since 1978, this spot on West Colorado Avenue has undergone a slick menu makeover. The elk chili is still here, alongside a buffalo burger with cabernet-sautĂ©ed mushrooms and falafel sliders. Few, if any, elk are racing up the street these days, but at least there's a little bit of quirk in Colorado Springs.