Sunnyside Burger Bar opened at 3759 Lipan Street (in the old home of the Subway Tavern, right at the corner of West 38th Avenue) in the fall of 2014 as another neighborhood eatery in the Larimer Associates portfolio. At the time, chef/restaurateur Troy Guard signed on as the consulting chef to design a menu to match the semi-fast-casual concept. Larimer Associates operated the burger bar until the end of 2015, then pulled the plug on January 1.
But Guard isn't finished with the space; he's taking over completely and will reopen it as a second TAG Burger Bar, with the unveiling scheduled for January 21. The new sibling will follow in the footsteps of the original TAG Burger Bar in Congress Park, with full table service (instead of the counter service that Sunnyside offered) and a menu that goes beyond a slate of burgers with daily bistro specials like bacon-wrapped meatloaf and fried chicken. Regulars will also recognize the boozy milkshakes, pastrami nachos and deep-fried oreos.
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Once open, the new hours at this TAG Burger Bar will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, with weekend brunch scheduled to launch this spring.
Guard is going to be busy in 2016. He has another project in the works nearby: a yet-to-be-named restaurant next to Blue Pan Pizza at 3940 West 32nd Avenue. Across town, he also has a restaurant going into the Industry building as well as two eateries planned for Stapleton's Westbridge Town Center.