Denver Airport’s Priority Pass Restaurant Is Closing

Update: It’s now being reported that Timberline Steaks & Grille won’t be closing after all, but rather just the smoking lounge will be closing. The initial source was wrong.

Priority Pass, the world’s largest network of independent airport lounges, has added several restaurants to their portfolio over the past couple of years. This is generally at airports where they haven’t been able to get decent contracts with lounges, so as an alternative they offer members a credit at a restaurant.

This is a fantastic perk, and makes a lot of sense. I assume that Priority Pass pays a fixed amount for each guest who enters a lounge, so with this arrangement Priority Pass is just paying the restaurants a fixed amount instead.

In terms of US locations, we have Priority Pass restaurants in Denver, Lexington, Miami, New York, Portland, and St. Louis. From restaurants’ perspectives, these arrangements have been wildly successful based on what I’ve heard. I heard one particular figure about how much one restaurant is being reimbursed by Priority Pass, and it’s beyond crazy. Not surprisingly, none of the restaurants have left the Priority Pass network… at least up until now. That’s going to be changing.

The Denver Business Journal reports that Timberline Steaks & Grille at Denver International Airport will be closing soon, in the context of a story about the airport’s only indoor smoking establishment closing.

Per the story:

The lease on the Smokin’ Bear Lodge Smoking Lounge, on Concourse C, ends Feb. 28.

The lounge is owned by Mission Yogurt, which also owns the restaurants next door, the Einstein Bros. Bagels and the Timberline Steaks & Grille, according to DIA.

The leases on the two restaurants also are ending soon, and the entire space will soon be a new restaurant, DIA spokesman Heath Montgomery said.

As of now we don’t have an exact date yet, and we also don’t know if the new larger restaurant that’s being built will be part of Priority Pass, or if Priority Pass will work with some other restaurant in the interim. What we do know is that within the next couple of months Timberline Steaks & Grille will close for some amount of time. So if you frequent Denver Airport and have enjoyed visiting the restaurant, get in one last meal or drink before this option disappears.

As soon as I know more about the future of Priority Pass at Denver Airport I’ll be sure to post.

Have you visited the Priority Pass restaurant at Denver Airport?

(Tip of the hat to Doctor Of Credit)


  1. I have used priority pass at this restaurant. They actually have pretty good food. Bummed to see it closing down. I will be flying out of there next week so will have to stop by for one last meal and drink….

  2. This is a bummer.
    With UA having ongoing catering issues due to listeria, several travelers have taken to using this location for a pre-flight meal.

  3. If it’s replaced with something as good and innovative (at least for an airport), as Root Down, it’ll be a win to lose this pretty unspecial place.

  4. DEN is my home airport so this is a pretty solid devaluation for me personally. The food was good and it seemed like to me the restaurant always had a line. I hope a new PP restaurant pops up at the airport.

  5. The quality of the food here is not good, so it won’t be a huge loss. SkyClubs, Escape Lounges, many Priority Pass lounges, and Centurion Lounges have much better food. We went once and decided that even just for the price of the tip it wasn’t worth it.

  6. That’s a bummer I really liked visiting there twice once on arrival and before I departed last time I was in DEN. You cant beat a streak and drink for just a $5 tip.

  7. Just ate there on Friday night, and will be at DEN again on Sunday morning (3/4). I’ll share an update when I pass by and if I can get any more info!

  8. Surprised they are closing. Just the money they charged non-priority pass members to go into the smoking lounge probably made them a fortune. I thought the food was good and an excellent place to use the priority pass when flying through Denver.

  9. I was just there this past weekend. It’s the only priority pass lounge in DEN so everyone who passes by DEN will be impacted (without other lounge access).

    They’re generous with $28 per person. It’s more than enough food. For two people we ordered 2 burgers, a salad, a soup, dozen wings and total with tax was $54. We ended up tipping $10. Food was decent.

  10. Hey guys, just a quick FYI. I’m at the restaurant right now. They said that the smoking lounge is closing right now but the restaurant will be open for another year. At that point it will be converted into another restaurant (Steubens – American comfort food, bar, cocktails so not too much different). They also thought that it would remain in the Priority Pass network!!! Fear not everyone!

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