Trying to impress your date? Why not order a Wu-Tang Clan vinyl to go along with your dinner?
Monkey Barrel, a Sunnyside bar geared toward Gen X nostalgia, partnered with Uber Eats for a date-night special where users can order lunch or dinner with a record and dessert on the side. (You could also skip the meals altogether and just get the record. You do you.) The service launched Wednesday.
“We’ve been trying to figure out how to adapt to people’s changing behaviors. I’m not the only restaurateur who has this problem,” Monkey Barrel owner Jimmy Nigg said. “I’m sitting behind the bar scratching my head trying to figure out why we don’t have people in past 7 o’clock as frequently anymore.”
The same goes for lunch. Nigg said to-go services have changed how people eat and order food. So he’s trying to meet them where they’re at.
Monkey Barrel has found a niche in the sentimental, hosting themed brunches like the Wu-Tang and Waffles and Motown and Mimosas, putting up Kurt Cobain and Beastie Boys posters, and decking out tables with Nintendo 64s to play Mario Kart. So selling LPs with their food was a natural fit, Nigg said.
Right now there are four records available (Don’t worry, they come in a protective sleeve): Wu-Tang Clan’s “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” ($35), Bassnectar’s “Vava Voom” ($35), Jimmy Hendrix’s “Axis Bold as Love” ($32) and Linkin Park’s “Hybrid Theory” ($30). The dessert is a chocolate cake, Nigg said.
Monkey Barrel partnered with Ryan Dykstra, who sets up vintage vinyl boutiques in retail stores across Colorado, to choose the records. As time goes on, Monkey Barrel will be looking to expand its record and dessert offerings, as well as looking into other nostalgia-based items like video games, Nigg said.