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Colorado Springs chef on the move with his urban street food; cantina among recent closures

June 6, 2014 Updated: June 7, 2014 at 7:42 am
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photo - Brother Luck, executive chef and owner of Brother Luck's Street Eats, has relocated his restaurant to 1005 W. Colorado Ave. 

Photo by Teresa J. Farney
Brother Luck, executive chef and owner of Brother Luck's Street Eats, has relocated his restaurant to 1005 W. Colorado Ave. Photo by Teresa J. Farney 

Look fast. Brother Luck is on the move - again.

Luck, who proved to be one of the top chefs in the Springs during his time as a chef at Cheyenne Mountain Resort from 2008 to 2010, left the area to pursue opportunities in Chicago. He returned to the Springs in 2012 for the executive chef job at the former Craftwood Inn.

In October, he took up shop at the back of The Triple Nickle Tavern where he opened Brother Luck Street Eats. His Monday night pop-up Knife Fights and themed dinners have proven to be popular with regulars jumping at the chance for a seat at one of the events.

When Ramon Q's Cantina, 1005 W. Colorado Ave., recently went dark, Luck packed up his knives and moved his eatery to that space. In less than a week of moving Luck hosted his Pig and Pinot - Celebrating the Marriage of Swine and Wine.

"Welcome to our new home," he said at the start of the preview dinner. "This is our sneak peek and we're proud to share with you tonight what we've been working. We're taking our street eats inside four walls where we will feature a menu using fresh ingredients. Tonight you'll see what we can do with a pig."

He teamed up with Mark Henry chef at the Meat Locker, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., in the Ivywild School, to prepare the multicourse dinner. There was sausage, chicharron-like nachos (fried pork skin topped with avocado cumin sorbet, cotija cheese, green apples and pickled nopales, which are cactus leaves); chicken fried head cheese; and, pork belly with crispy pig ears.

The dessert, strawberry panna cotta, was topped with whipped lardo and sprinkled with sweet and savory pancetta praline and black pepper. Yeah, it was pork-y-licious. The grand opening is planned for Friday. Details: 213-3706, facebook.com/bluckstreeteats.

 

Cantina closed

Elizabeth St. James, former owner of Ramon Q's Cantina, needed time to take care of some personal things and made the difficult decision to close that part of her food business. In the process of running the restaurant, however, she learned from customers how much they adored her salsa. She started bottling and selling her red and green chili sauces at the restaurant. Now that the cantina is shuttered you'll find her at local farmers markets.

 

Shuttered

A few other places have turned off their lights:

- The Bistro, 1228 E. Fillmore St.

- Orchard Ovens Bakery, 3 E. Bijou St.

- Estella's Mexican Restaurant, 925 S. Eighth St.

 

"KVOR Table Talk"

Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show at 1 p.m. Saturday on 740 AM include:

- Lynne Telford, president and chief executive officer for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, 2605 Preamble Point, talks about the summer food programs for children.

- Tammy York, creator of 719woman.com., talks about her website, which helps women with fashion, food and entertaining on a budget - without sacrificing style.

- Kathy Anderson, co-owner of Crazy Good Personal Chefs and a fishmonger at Safeway, talks about fish selection for summer grilling.

- Kelly Gibbs, a couponing expert featured on The Learning Channel's "Extreme Couponing," talks about how to slash grocery bills by hundreds of dollars each month. She will conduct two couponing workshops in Colorado Springs at the Clarion Hotel, 314 W. Bijou St., at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., June 19. Visit gazette.com to register.

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

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