One door closes, another opens for Colorado Springs-area restaurant

March 17, 2014 Updated: March 17, 2014 at 12:47 pm
photo - Owners, from left, Nicole Schoenfeld, Julie Wetzel and Christopher Williamson, were able to keep their restaurant, The Parked Pierogi in Palmer Lake, open with the help of a privage investor.

Photo from Julie Wetzel
Owners, from left, Nicole Schoenfeld, Julie Wetzel and Christopher Williamson, were able to keep their restaurant, The Parked Pierogi in Palmer Lake, open with the help of a privage investor. Photo from Julie Wetzel 

Julie Wetzel, one of three owners of The Parked Pierogi, 292 Colorado 105, Palmer Lake, is counting her blessings.

No sooner had she posted on the restaurant's Facebook that the eatery would close Feb. 28 than she was able to find a way to reopen March 7.

"We found an investor from our pool of customers and renegotiated with William Sherman (the owner of the building that was formerly Amuze Bistro) to reopen," she said.

Wetzel, with co-owners Nicole Schoenfeld and Christopher Williamson, are in full swing, offering their new breakfast, lunch and dinner items - such as grilled chicken and biscuits, a taco plate and, of course, a variety of pierogis. They are having a post-hangover St. Paddy's Day Dinner at 6:30 p.m. March 21. Cost is $35 per person for a five-course menu of roasted garlic corn O'Brian, corned beef hash egg rolls with Guinness BBQ sauce, potato pancakes with house-made apple sauce, standing rib roast with au jus and dessert. Winter hours are: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. In April or May, they plan to be open six days weekly. Details: 210-7029,

Get buzzed

The Apres Ski Cocktail Classic is headquartered in the Westin Snowmass Resort with some events in and around Aspen Snowmass Friday-Sunday. The weekend includes mountaintop parties, seminars, fireside chats, the Grand Tasting Village and the Great Apres-ski Pub Crawl. Ticket prices vary by event, running from $25 to $100. VIP all-access passes are $375 and a local pass is $150, which includes one-day admission to the Grand Tasting Village, three seminars of your choice, the opening day party and the pub crawl. Details:

Helping the kids

The Fork & Bottle Auction, benefiting the Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School, takes place at Colorado College's Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Building, 825 N. Cascade Ave., 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Cost is $35 per person, $60 per couple or $90 for three tickets for grazing and wine sampling. Details: 636-3084,

Menu news

Luigi's Restaurant owners Gina and Les Costley have added some new dishes to the menu and will offer a Lenten Special of tilapia in tomato, kalamata olive and caper sauce for $13.50 Fridays through Easter. New dishes include meatball sliders (two for $4 or eight for $8), Italian Wedding Soup ($4), and a 10-inch gluten-free pizza crust. Spring hours at 947 S. Tejon St. are: 5 p.m. to closing Tuesdays through Sundays. Details: 632-7339,


Suzette and Kevin Megyeri, owners of Bambino's Italian Eatery and Sports Bar, have opened their second restaurant concept: Skirted Heifer, 204 N. Tejon St. (the former La Creperie).

Why call the burger place Skirted Heifer?

It's named for a signature burger served at their pizza eatery: a pile of cheddar cheese melted over a burger patty.

"It sticks out an inch and a half," Suzette Megyeri said. "That's the skirt."

For $5.50, you can have the cheesy burger with a choice of 13 free toppings. Details: 635-3276.


Several restaurants have gone out of business, most notable the abrupt closing of The Craftwood Inn, 404 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs, on Sunday. Other closures include:

- Estela's Mexican Restaurant, 925 S. 8th St., has closed but their Pueblo eatery, the Mill Stop, 317 Bay State Ave., is still open.

- Metropolis Super Club, 1201 W. Colorado Ave., is closed.

"KVOR Table Talk"

Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show at 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday on 740 AM include: from The Broadmoor, Krista Heinicke, food and beverage marketing and public relations manager, and Adam Thomas, executive pastry chef; Jen Filonowich, executive director for the Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School Fork & Bottle Auction, Kristie Hawkins, judging coordinator for the Colorado Springs Choral Chefs' Gala, and John Moeller, author of "Dining at the White House - From the President's Table to Yours" and principal judge for the gala.


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

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