Colorado Springs tavern switching up game to become upscale eatery and craft bar

By Teresa Farney Updated: January 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm • Published: January 26, 2014 | 1:00 pm 0

503 W Open Kitchen and Craft Bar has opened in the space previously filled by Dutch Mill Tavern, 503 W. Colorado Ave., since 1947.

In case you didn't get it, the new name is a play on the address.

Dutch Mill Tavern owner Mi Lee, with the help of daughter Nina Lee, decided it was time for an upgrade.

The new look is much more open and spacious with a glass garage door that will roll up during warmer weather. Nina Lee describes the menu as New American with Pacific Rim infusion. Think flat iron steak ($12) nestled on the menu with kimchi burger ($10). Details: 471-3370, 503w.co

Temporary closing

Cafe 36 in the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., is temporarily closed.

"The cafe is currently closed as we move to limited winter hours. We will reopen soon for lunch, and we will continue to be open for special events," according to the center's website.

More to the story. According to a statement from Pinery Enterprises Hospitality Group, which operated the food service at Cafe 36 for two years, the eatery is closed due to failure to negotiate a new contract with the center.

"The Pinery approached us in July and said the current contract wasn't working for them and they'd like to renegotiate," said Warren Epstein, communications director for the Fine Arts Center. "We tried to work with them but were unable to come to an agreement that works for them and for us."

"We delivered excellent service over our two years there," said Eric Allen, vice president of operations for Pinery Enterprises. "We had certainly hoped to find a way to continue the relationship."

Dinner special

Tajine Alami, 10 Old Man's Trail, Manitou Springs, offers a six-course feast for $25 per person 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays until Feb. 8. Details: 685-1119, tajinealami.com.

Dance 'til you drop

The Glass Slipper Ball takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., at 7 p.m. Saturday. For $100 per person, you can sample signature hors d'oeuvres and desserts from 22 restaurants. Wine sampling provided by the Wine Seller and music by Gentle Rain. The annual event raises money for woman's initiatives. Details: 377-4507, glassslipperball.com

Full steam ahead

Urban Steam Coffee Bar owner and manager Kelly Bubach, recently completed an expansion of his eatery at 1025 S. Sierra Madre St. The dining area is larger and there's space to do his coffee roasting in house. He has expanded his made-from-scratch with local foods menu to include dinner options. At the full bar, you'll find local and craft wines, beers and spirits. Details: 473-7832, urbansteamcoffee.com.

"KVOR Table Talk"

Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show on 740 AM, 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday include: Karine and Anthony Pignatielle, owners of The Front Pizza; Amy Fairbanks, executive chef at Garden of the Gods Gourmet Market; Matt McCartan, owner of The Public House Pub & Grill; Kevin Campbell, owner of Full Circle Cuisine; and Lyn Harwell, with Seeds Community Caf?

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Send tips about restaurant openings, closings, menu changes and food specials to teresa.farney@gazette.com, 636-0271, Twitter@tffoodieor Facebook Teresa Farney.

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