• Colorado Springs chef turns mountain fine dining eatery into a distillery offering smoked meats

    By teresa farney teresa.farney@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Victor Matthews is never at a loss of ideas for starting new projects or repurposing old concepts. Such is the case for his new Black Bear Distillery (repurposing) and Big Daddy's BBQ (new). His Black Bear Restaurant, 10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, was closed March 17,...

  • Dining Review: Natural food a hit at family-owned Colorado Springs business

    By JL Fields jl.fields@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Editor's note: Fields writes a monthly review of vegan options at local restaurants. In this fast food nation where quick meals are the norm - not always healthy and rarely vegan-friendly - I have begun to frequent the unsuspecting dining areas of my local grocery stores. Hear me...

  • Historic Stagecoach Inn in Manitou Springs is back in business

    By teresa farney teresa.farney@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    The Stagecoach Inn, 702 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, has reopened with little fanfare, a new owner and a slight change in name. It's now called PJ's Stagecoach Inn with a nod to owner, Paul Jakubczyk. He also owns PJ's Bistro, which features European-style cuisine. Even without...

  • Colorado Springs chef takes over cooking duty at Old Colorado City eatery

    By teresa Farney teresa.farney@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Kitchen doors are revolving. James Davis has left 2South Food and Wine Bar, 2 S. 25th St., to head the culinary team at the soon-to-open Panino's Eastside, 3015 New Center Point. His move left the executive chef position open, but not for long. Supansa Banker, his sous chef, was...

  • LIST: Eight restaurants to visit in Colorado

    The Gazette -
    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Here's eight must-visit restaurants in Colorado. Casa Bonita: It's a restaurant. It's dinner theater. It's a funhouse for kids. Order Mexican food and then sit back and watch the show, including dives from a 30-foot waterfall, gunfights and more. An arcade and puppet shows round off...

  • Table Talk video: Ramon Q's Foodstruck in Colorado Springs

    By teresa farney teresa.farney@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Elizabeth Giberti, who with her husband, Michael, owns Ramon Q's Foodstruck, prepares quinoa salad tacos. Ramon Q's serves a combination of Mexican and Italian foods from a flashy orange mobile truck. It's been seen parked at Mill Hill Saloon and at Motor City for breakfast....

  • Table Talk: Colorado Springs garden center offers samples of roasted chilies

    By teresa farney teresa.farney@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    It's getting close to chili-roasting time. Alice Robinson, who with her husband, Dan, owns Spencer's Lawn and Garden Centers, 1430 S. Tejon St., is getting ready to host a couple of Quesadilla Days, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 15 and 22. On those days she sets up several hot plates on which...

  • Dining Review: Cajun finds a home in Manitou; you may find decadence

    By Robin Intemann, robin.intemann@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    The availability of crawfish at BooDad's Louisiana Cafe's menu started a discussion about the tiny crustaceans that went from nostalgic to best-eating techniques. It's no wonder this was a topic of conversation: Crawfish, along with other proteins, is featured on as many as eight...

  • Colorado Springs man unsure of being 'Chipotle guy to 300 million people'

    By Stephanie Earls stephanie.earls@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Mark Rantal is many things: graphic designer, improv comedian, fast-casual philosopher and fan of Mexican food. He is not - repeat, not - the Jared of Chipotle. Any similarities to former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle, a doughy nobody who parlayed his sandwich chain-based weight-loss...

  • Colorado Springs man claims to have eaten Chipotle for 100 days straight

    Dave Burdick, The Denver Post
    Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Mark Rantal, whose Facebook profile says he’s from Colorado Springs, claims to have eaten at Chipotle for 100 days straight. Of course, if you work in an office, chances are decent you’re saying to yourself right now, “I bet my colleague ______ has done at least twice that.” Oh, see?...

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