Location, location, location: Bonanno Concepts rolled the dice on 233 East Seventh

Danielle Lirette
Last fall, the Lancer Lounge suddenly stopped pouring when it was seized by the State of Colorado. In Monopoly terms, this rundown dive bar on East Seventh Avenue was no Boardwalk, but to Frank Bonanno, it was as valuable as one of those highly-frequented reds (Illinois Avenue, perhaps?), given its location between Mizuna and Bones, with Luca D'Italia right around the corner. The well-known chef-restaurateur snapped it up quickly.

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And though the turnaround that Frank Bonanno and his wife/partner, Jacqueline, did on the space was almost equally fast, it was long enough for fans of the old Lancer to worry that Bonanno would turn the spot into another high-end craft cocktail spot, like Green Russell. Others wondered if he'd shutter it altogether, reconfiguring the space to make it part of Mizuna.

What surfaced instead was Vesper Lounge, with cocktails on tap and a Middle Eastern-themed bar menu. Find out if it's worth the rent when my review is posted on westword.com.

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Vesper Lounge

233 E. 7th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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Vesper, the brown acid of the Bonnano empire (that is, in Chip Monck's famous words: "not, specifically, too good...").


What's the deal with the sandwich shop Bonanno is opening in the old Venue location in Highland square?  I've always thought it was strange that he didn't have more of a presence in his own neighborhood.


@chuckroast Is that the plan for that space? Great! That area is sadly short of good restaurants (Pinche Tacos, Trattoria Stella, ... um...) 

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