Get ready for a double take when My Handle Bar - a 16-passenger party bike - starts cruising around downtown bars and breweries in late July.
The bar bike has several pedaling seats with a designated driver taking the lead. Boulder and Fort Collins have had the bikes for about two years. Think of it as a unique way to throw a party with 15 of your friends. You get to explore watering holes and get some exercise, too. Bike routes feature local restaurants, breweries, bars, clubs and sights around downtown. The bike is available 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily year-round. All routes begin at 325 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Cost is $23 per person with a party of 16 for a two-hour ride, in which you'll visit three bars each hour. There are tours, but you can customize your ride if you wish. Call 1-720-431-0119. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit myhandlebar.com.
30 years of Jaegerschnitzel and counting
Jens-Uwe Dethlefsen, former chef and owner of Uwe's, 31 Iowa Ave., emailed to remind us that the eatery celebrated 30 years in business July 3.
"I sold this fine restaurant in 1996 to Michael and Sabine Berchthold," he wrote. "They kept my name and continued to run the business the same as in my times. It's now 30 years and running very well."
Congratulations and we'll raise a stein for your success. Call 475-1611. Visit facebook.com/pages/Uwes-German-Restaurant/115963168433194.
Tea above it all
Looking for some lesser-known attractions to keep visitors busy? How about tea and a tour of the Cherokee Ranch and Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Road in Sedalia?
The 10,000-square-foot castle, which is perched high on a hill overlooking the Rockies, was built in the 1920s. Its 26 rooms are filled with some of the original furnishings and fine art hangs on its walls.
You'll be treated like royalty at the English-style afternoon tea. It includes scones with clotted cream and jam, finger sandwiches, pastries and sweets. Then you'll have a guided tour of the castle.
Teas are offered 2 to 4 p.m. alternating Wednesdays and Saturdays. Cost is $42 per person. Reservations are required by calling 1-303-688-5555, ext. 1. Visit cherokeeranch.org.
Dine in the sky
Phantom Canyon Brewing Co., 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., has opened the rooftop patio, adding 75 seats to the restaurant. Work continues on the space, including the addition of overhead shades and a new entrance for the patio on the west side of the building. Currently to access the patio you enter the main entrance and use the stairs behind bar.
According to Heather Robinson, the general manager, the $1 million project was needed to expand Phanton Canyon's 2,000-barrel annual brewing capacity.
The expansion will enable the restaurant to sell 22-ounce bottles on site as well as from several downtown liquor stores and other bars and restaurants, and to have 10 beers on tap. In addition to the roof top patio, the expansion allowed for about 30 more seats on the restaurant's first floor where the old brewery was located. The inside restaurant will end up having a 180-seat capacity. Call 635-2800. Visit phantomcanyon.com.
Curbside Cuisine, 225 N. Nevada Ave., is having a grand opening weekend. From 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday enjoy free samples from eight food trucks; Saturday is Family Day to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with entertainment; and on Sunday brunch specials will be offered. Visit curbside cuisinecs.com.
Here's a couple of new Mexican eateries to try out:
- Sanchos Mexican Grub, 5046 N. Academy Blvd., has opened in a former coffee kiosk. There are a couple of picnic tables in the parking lot where you can enjoy the limited menu of $5 items. Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and Thursdays and Fridays; 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.
- El Rey Del Taco #2 has opened in the former Rocco's location, 3878 Maizeland Road. A key feature of the eatery is the serve-yourself salsa bar. A liquor license and phone number to come soon. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Call 481-2708.
- Owners of Little Nepal Indian Restaurant and Bar, have opened a second location at 4820 Flintridge Drive. It was the former Taste of India. Call 598-3428. Visit lnepal.com.
"KVOR Table Talk"
Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday on 740 AM.
- Patrick Garnier, owner of La Baguette French Bistro, 4440 N. Chestnut St., talks about his full day of specials for Bastille Day on Sunday. He kicks off the celebration with a three-course Champagne brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $25 per person (plus tax and tip). Live musical entertainment is included. Call 599-0686. Visit labaguettefrenchbistro.com.
- Beverly Sanchez, owner of Marv?s Cake Boutique, 6429 Omaha Blvd., talks about her new location inside You & I Catering, where she has her cakes on display. Sanchez relocated to Colorado Springs from Memphis, Tenn., where she operated one of two Marv?'s large-volume cake stores. Call 599-7772. Visit marvelscakes.com.
- Christine Dyar, digital and emerging technologies librarian for Pikes Peak Library District, talks about August Food by the Book, free events at the East Library Community Room, 5550 N. Union Blvd. The Food Film Festival kicks off with the screening of Disney's "Ratatouille" and "Julie and Julia" at 1 p.m. on Aug. 10. No reservations required. The following classes start at 1:30 p.m. and require reservations: Daniel Bartlett, a private chef, talks on Aug. 17; Heather Mitchell, a certified natural chef, presents "Three Dietary Changes that will Reduce your Risk of Disease" on Aug. 24; and Christine Yocum, owner of Art & Style Baking, demonstrates cookie painting on Aug. 31. Call 531-6333, ext 0. Visit ppld.org.
- Ryan Wanner, owner and roast master at R&R Coffee Caf? 11425 Black Forest Road in Black Forest, talks about the coffee classes and other community events at his coffee shop. Call 494-8300. Visit rnrcoffeecafe.com.
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