Robert and Laurie Tust, owners of Rocco's, are moving their operation to the former Steaksmith restaurant, 3802 Maizeland Road. The plan is to open around June 15.
The Tusts have redecorated and made upgrades to the building. The famous salad bar is gone.
'That was the first thing I ripped out, ' Robert said. 'Our regular customers told us how ugly and tacky the salad bar had gotten so we got rid of it ASAP. '
Other changes include mostly new kitchen equipment, new front door and new chairs.
'That huge metal front door was too heavy for our little old ladies to open, ' he said. 'And my lasagna-eating customers would never have fit in those wooden chairs with the arms. '
Rocco's menu will not change in the new location. Call 574-1426. roccos colorado.com.
Play at The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., has scored a winning 10 points in my book. It's located in the West building. The decor of the bowling alley is a far cry from what you generally conjure up when you think of rolling a few balls down a lane.
There is an impressive fireplace with plenty of overstuffed comfy furniture. The noise of cheers and crashing pins from the six lanes of bowling is buffered by the fireplace wall. So it's easy to enjoy the casual dining atmosphere. The Southwest Vegetarian Chili ($6) came in a deep cone-shaped bowl that was more than enough spicy stew for two. The Thai Coconut Curry Chicken kabob, with steamed sesame rice ($12), was delicious and just right for a light dinner entr?.
There are plenty of other good-sounding menu items to warrant frequent visits. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays for dinner and bowling; 10 p.m. to midnight Mondays through Fridays for late-night menu; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays for bowling, bar and beverage service; 4 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays for dinner service; and 10 p.m. to midnight for late-night menu. Starting May 3, lunch service will be offered. Call 577-5796.
So long buffet
Salt of the Earth, 3536 N. Academy Blvd., has closed the restaurant operation where they featured an all-you-can-eat buffet. If you have gift cards or punch cards, hold on to them. They will be honored at their special parties. The catering portion of their business is still in operation, and the facility is available to rent for business meetings, wedding receptions or other parties. Call 466-9004. Visit sotecatering.com.
The next Dishcrawl heads to Manitou Springs at 6 p.m. April 30. For $45 per person, you sample food from several restaurants on the stroll around town. Participating restaurants are kept secret until two days before the event. Visit dishcrawl.com/manitou springs to buy tickets.
The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, in its 31st year, sold out the earliest in five years. However, there are a couple of special events that have been added to the weekend that you can tap into: Food & Wine Best New Chefs party and the Last Bite Dessert event.
The Best New Chefs party is at the Sundeck at the Top of Aspen Mountain (transportation provided) at 8 p.m. June 15. This is the 25th year for showcasing top- notch chefs, and to add more fun to this event, former Best New Chefs will be added to the lineup of chefs. John Besh and David Chang will be among the several additional chefs serving tantalizing dishes.
It's the ultimate grazing experience that features creative cocktails and amazing wines. Cost is $250 per person.
The Last Bite Dessert party, hosted by Gail Simmons, judge of Bravo's Top Chef, with desserts made by celebrity chef Johnny Iuzzini, takes place at the Hotel Jerome at 10 p.m. on June 14. Cost is $125 per person.
A limited number of tickets are available at foodandwine.com/classic or call 1-877-900-9463.
Pie baker returns
Jackie Conway, formerly with the now-defunct family-owned Conway's Red Top restaurants, was the pie baker at Stir, 2330 N. Wahsatch Ave., when I nominated the coffee shop for their outstanding pies in our annual Best of Picks. When I was doing fact-checking, I learned that she had retired. Conway had passed the whisk to Stir owner, Sabrina Song, along with teaching Song the finer points of making the amazing pies. Upon learning that the coffee shop had been nominated for an award for the wonderful pies, Conway was so touched that she came out of retirement. She's back at the job of baking up her magical pies. Prices range from $18 to $22.
New Day Caf? 5901 Delmonico Drive, is open, serving breakfast and lunch. Check out their lattes. For $3.29 you get a 16-ounce serving with two shots. Flavors at 35 cents per.
Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Call 266-0555.