Tom Lazaron, who bought Gertrude's Restaurant, 2625 W. Colorado Ave., from Robert Wooldridge in 2007, is changing the eatery into an Irish pub called Alchemy. He's investing $20,000 to $30,000 to give the dining room a facelift and make the bar a real bar.
"I'm going for a more casual restaurant and keeping menu prices below $20," he said. "I'll keep some of the favorite dishes on the current menu and add a few new things."
He wants to create a neighborhood-style bar like places in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wis. "I think this will appeal to more customers," he said.
So, out with the white linen tablecloths and in with newly finished tabletops. Lazaron is also busy tearing out the sheet rock to expose the brick walls. He plans to be open by mid-September to early October. Call 471-0887.
La Creperie, 204 N. Tejon St., has been notified that its lease will not be renewed. According to a letter from Frederic M. Wise of Allen & Wise, a legal service, posted July 18 on La Creperie's FaceBook page, "The landlord is not willing to negotiate a new lease to replace your month-to-month tenancy."
Stephanie Dowdell, who co-owns the eatery with her sister, Christine, would not comment about the lease arrangement or future plans. Call 632-0984. Visit facebook.com/LaCreperie DowntownColoradoSprings.
On the move
Briar Mart International Market and Caf? 1843 Briargate Blvd., closed on Aug. 1 and will move to the former Mission Inn Mexican Food Restaurant, 6799 N. Academy Blvd. The larger space will accommodate a larger dining area, bigger kitchen and more space for an expanded market filled with Middle Eastern foods. A mid-August opening is planned. Call 528-6869. Visit caspiancafe.com/briarmart.htm.
Joseph Stasolla, owner of Joey's Pizza, 1829 Briargate Blvd., is moving his restaurant a few doors down to the vacant Briar Mart International Market and Caf?space. The larger space will allow for more seating. The menu will be expanded and a liquor license added. Opening is targeted for Sept. 1. Call 265-6922. Visit joeysnypizza.net.
A coalition of local Asian organizations is having the Asian Pacific Community Luncheon at the Antlers Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 15. Eric Hiraga, chief of staff and deputy manager of aviation at Denver International Airport, will talk about Uniteds new direct flight from Denver to Tokyo. Cost for the luncheon is $23 per person. Call 287-7624. Visit cscci.org.
"KVOR Table Talk"
Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show on 740 AM, 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday:
- Steve Bustamante, owner of Sancho's Mexican Grub, 5046 N Academy Blvd., talks about his restaurant and the opening of a second location at 1829 Briargate Blvd. around Sept. 1. Call 964-3702. Visit Facebook.com/pages/Sanchos- mexican-grub/177956769004962.
- Chris and Kerri Bohler, owners of The Villa at Palmer Lake, 75 Colorado 105 in Palmer Lake, talk about their new menu, which is less Italian and more like the menu they served at their former B&E Filling Station. They have also added a stage in the Villa for live performances. There are two concerts Aug. 25 and Sept. 15 to contribute to a project to help the now-dry Palmer Lake. Call 481-2222. Visit thevilla palmerlake.com.
- Rick Pettrocelli, owner of The Olive Tap, 906 Manitou Ave., in Manitou Springs, talks about some of the new olive oils and balsamic vinegars he is stocking. Call 358-9329 or visit theolivetap.com/manitou-springs- colorado.
- Alicia Prescott, executive pastry chef at Old School Bakery, talks about the grand opening of the Ivywild School business campus, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., on Aug. 16-17. The school is now home to Bristol Brewing Co., The Meat Locker (a charcuterie and delicatessen), The Old School Bakery and The Principal's Office (a coffee and cocktail bar). Call 368-6100. Visit facebook.com/Ivywild School.
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