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US-based restaurant chain Punch Bowl Social has announced restoration plans for the former Stapleton International Airport air traffic control tower.

The tower has been vacant for more than 20 years; Forest City and Seasoned Development will redevelop it as home to Denver’s second Punch Bowl Social and corporate headquarters.

Located at the intersection of Central Park Blvd and Martin Luther King Blvd, the control tower is at the heart of the Stapleton community.

Denver City Council president Chris Herndon, who represents Stapleton, said: "This community has been looking for a way to activate the tower space for a long time.

"Punch Bowl Social offers a family-friendly environment for dining and entertainment, and a great neighbourhood option for date night for parents."

"Punch Bowl Social offers a family-friendly environment for dining and entertainment, and a great neighbourhood option for date night."

As part of the plans, major portions of the interior structure will be removed leaving the recognisable exterior architecture intact. The exterior and interior will be designed by local architect, Becky Stone of OZ Architecture.

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Once completed, Punch Bowl Social will move its corporate headquarters to Stapleton and occupy the third floor of office space.

During the restoration process, the lower two-levels of the complex will be expanded by about 5,000ft².

Punch Bowl Social founder Robert Thompson said: "The control tower is a landmark in this community and in the city of Denver.

"There’s a lot of interest in seeing the tower preserved and we intend to retain the character that’s so familiar and appealing to locals and visitors alike."

Punch Bowl Social hopes to open the restored facility in the first half of next year.

Image: Rendering of Punch Bowl Social at Stapleton. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.