While the University of Denver was hunting for a new mascot -- a process that's been put on hold for now -- the Pioneer, the DU neighborhood hangout that's one of almost two dozen bars in the Little Pub Co. group, was getting its own upgrade. After closing for a few weeks to do some heavy lifting inside, the Pioneer reopened last weekend to unveil the renovated bar, complete with a garage door that opens to the outside. Still to come: the expanded outdoor patio and a rooftop deck. See also: - 100 Favorite Dishes: Nachos from the Pioneer - The pubs of the big-thinking Little Pub Co. - DU releases the result of its mascot decision
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And while DU has banned Denver Boone, the school's official mascot from 1968 to 1998, you can still spot the character on the Pioneer's wall. Boone also pops up on the menu -- and for the Pioneer's best marg, ask the bartender for the off-the-list Boone.