Wines of Colorado, (formerly The Wines of Colorado) 8045 WUS 24, Cascade, has new owners, Dawn and Arin DeMay. There’s also a new executive chef, CJ Henderson, who has introduced an expanded menu. Liquor license is being obtained with plans to offer Colorado craft beers and spirits in addition to Colorado wines.
“We’ve never owned a restaurant,” said Dawn, “but my husband always wanted to have one. We live right up the hill from here and have always loved coming here for dinner. The place is part of the neighborhood, and we wanted to continue this presence.
The DeMays reopened the restaurant the first week of December after doing a big clean up and refresh. Inside the front door there is a new row of aspen trunks forming an entrance.
“One of our neighbors cut the trees in his yard and built it for us,” said Dawn.
Other updates included fresh paint on the concrete floors. The shopping area has been emptied of its wine cases and replaced by pretty high tables in wine barrels. New hanging lamps illuminate the space. The bar in the center of the room has bar stools for more seating inside.
“We will have a regular liquor license, hopefully in January,” said Dawn. “We won’t be selling wine at the cash register. It requires many other steps, such as owning a cellar and having a separate entrance for a liquor store.
As for Henderson, he had worked as a chef at The Wines of Colorado a few years ago but moved to Phantom Canyon in Springs to gain more experience. He kept many popular Wines of Colorado dishes on the menu and added a few new items like the Zebulon Pike Burger and the South of the Peaks Burger. There are a few more upscale dishes like a crispy duck appetizer.
General manager Lesley Ludwick, who has worked at the restaurant for almost 10 years, stays with the brand new Wines of Colorado. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Details: 719-684-0900, tinyurl.com/4nzff9fw.
My neighbor Felix will be opening in the former California Pizza Kitchen in The Promenade Shops in Briargate, 1885 Briargate Parkway. The menu will bring together the cuisine of the seven culinary regions of Mexico. It will also offer a wide selection of tequila and mezcal.
“It’s about tasting the authenticity of Mexico City in food and cocktails,” said Brad Manske, vice president of food, beverage and beverage operations for Lotus Concepts Management, which also operates ViewHouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop. “We have submitted our architect’s design plans for the new restaurant (My Neighbor Felix) to the city and are awaiting approval to begin construction and open this summer.”
This will be the third location for the Mexican restaurant along with others in Denver and Boulder.
American-Latin fusion dishes served (no tip) at the restaurant in downtown Colorado Springs
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Meow Wolf, 1338 First St., Denver, has announced Adulti-Verse Nights for Ages 21 and Over for Convergence Station ticket holders. Enjoy the immersive art exhibition with a cocktail and without the little ones 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 and 23 Visit meowwolf.com/Denver.
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The Colorado Springs Wine Festival, benefiting the Colorado Springs Conservatory, returns for its 30th year from March 3-5. Seminars, Grand Tasting, Wine Tasting Lunch and Gourmet Dinners will take place at Broadmoor and the US Olympic & Paralympic Museum. Visit coloradospringsconservatory.org to expand on details.
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