Exclusive first look: Madison Street becomes TAG Burger Bar beginning tomorrow

And the space, which has been revamped, mimics the new menu. Guard hired a couple of local artists to graffiti one wall, a bold, abstract conversation piece that's hued red, bright green and black. "I always wanted to have graffiti in a restaurant," he says, and "the artists came up with a really creative, fun, whimsical and crazy design that's really cool." There's a mural, too, on the patio, created by the same designers, that's just as striking, and TAG, Guard's bulldog, is at the center of the action. The dining room is also bedecked with new leather booths, and the bar now trots out milkshakes, both benign and with booze. In fact, there's a whole shelf devoted to nothing more than milkshake marvels: Whoppers, candy corn, peppermints, M&M's and just about every other candy you can think of.

"I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel," stresses Guard, "but I do want to have some fun with the menu and with our drinks, and I think the neighborhood is going to really like what we're doing."

And that will include lunch, which, along with dinner, will be served seven days a week, and in November, TAG Burger Bar will add a happy hour menu, too. Brunch will continue on Saturday and Sunday with the same menu from its days of Madison Street.

I stopped by Tag Burger Bar last week to get a sneak peek of the menu and the space, the photos of which are on the following pages. Be hungry.

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Madison Street - CLOSED

1222 Madison St., Denver, CO

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DenverNeighbor
DenverNeighbor

My wife and I just tried to have lunch at TAG Burger Bar. We were truly looking forward to the experience. We arrived, were given menus and drinks, then waited 15 minutes for the return if our server. We waved at him as he served others, tried a shout out, then decided that it was no longer worth the attempt - we needed to get back to work. We are disappointed and wish them luck with the new place - we likely won't be back.

MadisonNeighbor
MadisonNeighbor

Maybe the writer of this artical should do a little homework first. the space was not Dominos Pizza but a 7-11 for years, one of the first in Denver, then vacant for years then a dance studio and vacant again for years. the Domino was around the cornor were the new bike shop is. I live just a short 1 bock from the resturant and have only gone 5 times since the opening of Madison Street and TAG burger Bar. Service bad, food ok. It tried to be a neighborhood place from the start but they did not really apprecated the neighbors business. Service was alway BAD, even after Troy took over. A real neighborhood gem is Shells and Sauce down the street on Elizabeth. Troy should visit them to see what a real neighbor restaurant should be like. Why do owners think young and hip makes good wait staff. Maybe bring in a few seasoned waitstaffers and the neighborhood would hang out. Sorry this is so long but maybe it's time for a wake up. Go 3 blocks north on Madison and find Bastien's with great food, service and wonderful prices. Congess Park is a great neighborhood, Tag Burger bar is not worthy of this neighborhood!!

IronyDiscovered
IronyDiscovered

Aye Aye Aye! That wall... MY EYES! Nothing says come in and fill up like brightly colored graffiti all over the place. The Halloween decorations for a press release are a nice touch too! BOO! Seeing as how they dont appear to have changed the layout either... what with all of the booths facing west for some reason, it'll be hard to avoid.

JasonL5
JasonL5

I worked for troy or 2 years and he is a dick, and this place looks reflects that Troy egomaniacal ways have led him to believe that he is an interior designer as well as a chef.  That or his girlfriends Hair Colorist thought this would be as pretty as her mop.He should stick to cooking.

BabyBoy.

joe016
joe016

Man, Madison Street had a kickass brunch. Hope they continue it under the new name.

Wherethefrogbro
Wherethefrogbro

Nice mural Troy, its looks like someone vomited on the walls, congrats

justwantagoodburger
justwantagoodburger

I was excited for this until I saw the pictures. That mural clashes horribly with the interior. The salad in tiny (hopefully it's a freebie that comes with the burger but I have a feeling there's a $3-4 pricetag on it). Hot french fries in a glass = steamy, soggy mess (what chef doesn't see that?). Tiny burger with a ton of stuff on it reeks of upcharge. I'm bored and broke just from reading this preview.

tim_s
tim_s

I can’t wait to try the cult of third person-ality burger.

The_Hick
The_Hick

How bout a comment about what a dick Troy Guard is and how that wall looks like someone trying really hard to be cool?

Elwood
Elwood

Ohhhhh, a comment about the number of burger joints in town.  How original.

Philo99
Philo99

Ohhhhhh a Burger Bar. How orginal. We don't have any of those in town.

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