Griffin Restaurant, named for a mythological creature with the body of a lion, head and wings of an eagle, and symbolizing valor, bravery, and vigilance, will make a bold statement in Denver’s bustling RiNo Neighborhood. Restaurateur Robert Thompson, owner of Punch Bowl Social, is bringing a fairy tale-themed German beer hall to a historic re-purposed Denver warehouse located at 3001 Brighton Boulevard in the revitalized Brighton Corridor. The restaurant is part of a much larger warehouse re-build called INDUSTRY, consisting of over 120,000 square feet of mixed-use collaborative, social, and communal office space and amenities. Designed by OZ Architecture, Griffin transforms a 5500 square foot industrial space into a warm, communal, and otherworldly environment. Centered around a 45 foot wide bar featuring 40 German and local beers on tap, the traditional beer hall is highlighted with long community tables, an open kitchen, two indoor bocce courts, a 2500 square foot outdoor beer garden, and a beautiful mix of German, Danish, and Bohemian finishes. The design speaks to both traditional and modern themes including fairy tales of the Black Forest, best seen when venturing into a communal restroom that represents a deconstructed cuckoo clock. The restaurant’s menu will feature traditional cuisines of Germany, Denmark, and Turkey that are complementary to beer. Opening in the fall of 2014, Griffin will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.