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Bourbon Brothers rebrands; Shae's opens in OCC 

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(BB)Q2: a renaming

A little over a year after it opened, Bourbon Brothers Southern Kitchen has been renamed Southern Hospitality Southern Kitchen (13021 Bass Pro Drive, southernhospitalitysk.com).

Mitchell Roth, president of Southern Concepts Restaurant Group, says the move aims to simplify and consolidate with SCRG's Southern Hospitality brand, which launched a couple years ago in Denver. That brand is part of a family that also includes two New York City locations tied to Justin Timberlake.

Also, beginning an eventual nationwide franchise march (around Phoenix, tentatively) will be easier under one clear banner. And Roth sees smaller, fast-casual SH renditions — yes, he mentioned Chipotle's model — as the key to major growth. Before then, a bigger Lone Tree location will celebrate its opening on May 1, and SCRG has just signed a lease in Glendale as well, anticipating an early fall opening.

Overall, he says, "We like Denver and Colorado Springs for the next 18 to 24 months."

A downtown Colorado Springs location had been announced for the corner of Tejon and Kiowa streets, but SCRG canceled that plan, with Roth saying the cost of renovation didn't make sense economically. He does hope to be downtown in some form eventually, and other Springs locations on the north and/or east sides are likely as well.

Meanwhile, signage and menus have already been changed at SHSK, with bourbon offerings having dropped from 130-plus different labels to around 50 — still "a fantastic selection of bourbons, both common and rare," says Roth. More barbecue items from a new in-house hickory smoker are also now available. Roth says he's currently purchasing about 60 percent of SH's meats from local or natural sources, including Red Bird, Boulder Natural and Niman Ranch, calling that "a Millennial value that we're passionate about."

A Shae's lounge

The former Rita's eatery at 2521 W. Colorado Ave., #101, has become Shae's Eats and Spirits (440-9565). Husband-and-wife team Ashley Shae and Michael Behm are behind the venture, with more than 30 years' combined restaurant and bar experience.

Michael was born and raised just blocks from his new business and worked at Meadow Muffins for more than a decade, among other stints cooking, bartending and managing. One tribute to his restaurant past is the Jiffy Burger of Provolone, bacon and peanut butter, which used to be on Meadow Muffins' menu.

Because Shae's is only 1,300 square feet, with a long bar and eight two-top tables, the menu is fairly small, composed mostly of pizzas and hot sandwiches, including a best-selling meatloaf burger. The full menu is served until 2 a.m., complementing a full bar and five taps.

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