The fun will carry over into the physical space of this Illegal Pete’s. As the company has taken on very different buildings around Denver — the former Mama's Cafe at 2001 East Colfax, an old gas station at 270 South Broadway — it's adapted its concept to the existing realities of those addresses. And this reconfiguration might be the most fabulous yet.
Michael Koch of Denver, the existing building will sport a roof that dips in a butterfly shape that looks mid-century modern, an homage to the motels that once lined the Fabulous 40 Strip, as this stretch of Colfax was once known. Garage doors by the bar on the ground floor will open to a big patio, while stadium seating inside will ascend to a second bar and stage at the top, where there will also be four large party booths for private rentals.
And with any luck, drinks will be transported from the bar on the first level to the second via a gondola or train, much like buckets of ice cream are transported on overhead conveyor belts from the kitchen to a “flight deck” at the Little Man Factory, a place so fun that it makes Willy Wonka look like a candy ass, as Mark Antonation reported.
We’ll drink to that.
And we’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so: Illegal Pete’s, which is known almost as much for its good works as for the good times at its eateries, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in August 2020. You can expect the communities served by Illegal Pete's to get the real gifts, though; Turner promises "really cool stuff" in store next year.
Starting with this West Colfax outpost.