Blue Oyster Bar?
Someone please send Gazette diversions editor Warren Epstein a functioning gaydar. In a post dated July 29 on the G's dining blog, Epstein, having just visited the newly opened Metropolis restaurant in Old Colorado City, wrote the following:
"One thing I failed to notice on the sign outside was a rainbow. It's apparently also a gay bar. Maybe it'll take up where Hide & Seek left off ..."
Much to our amusement, the post has lingered unchallenged for three weeks.
A call yes, some journalists call places and ask questions before reporting, even on a blog to owners Luis Ortiz and Jeff Chevalier confirms that Metropolis is not a gay bar. The rainbow painted in the skyline behind the high-rises in the Metropolis logo is just that: a rainbow.
"We're here for everybody," Ortiz says.
Though they opened five months ago, Poblano's Mexican Restaurant (7336 McLaughlin Road, Falcon) only recently threw a grand- opening celebration. The establishment, launched by brothers Ed and Don Klein, serves traditional, central Mexican cuisine.
According to Don, the menu is a conglomerate of three families' recipes, with food prepared in a 100-percent-from-scratch kitchen, under chef Jorge Gonzalez. The Kleins moved here from Chicago, where they had owned a Mexican grocery store, specifically to open a restaurant in an expanding (rather than saturated) market.
The outfit seats up to 260 with an all-weather patio and offers an express lunch menu, full bar with happy hours and five flat-screens with an expanded sports package. Call 494-0700 for more.
Bits and bites
A sign posted on the door of Colorado Steak Co. (1645 Briargate Pkwy.) indicates that the business will be closed until further notice for remodeling.
Village at Skyline (2365 Patriot Heights) chef Brent Beavers (formerly of Sencha) is offering $35, 2 1/2-hour cooking classes: "Just Desserts," Aug. 24; "Sauce Secrets," Sept. 10; and "Honduran Cuisine," Oct. 19. Call 867-4639 for reservations and more.
The Ritz Grill (15 S. Tejon St.) turns 21 on Thursday, Aug. 21, and will offer a week of specials, including a $21, three-course prix fixe special nightly.
Nosh (121 S. Tejon St.) recently created a 45-person private dining room (behind its bar) in space that previously belonged to the FAC Modern.
The McAllister House Museum (423 N. Cascade Ave.) is hosting what's at least its 25th annual Old Fashion Ice Cream Social from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, featuring 5-cent ice cream, 25-cent hot dogs and more.
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