Out with rolls, in with ribs
Slayton's Tejon Street Barbecue is roughly six weeks away from opening in the former location of Fujiyama at 28 S. Tejon St., according to owner Randy Price.
"It's going to be an upscale version of our Rockrimmon location [at 806 Village Center Drive]," he says. News of Slayton's expansion has been wafting around the Springs, not unlike the alluring smell of barbecue, since Fujiyama announced earlier this year its move up the block to 22 S. Tejon St.
The restaurant group behind Slayton's is also behind Salsa Brava Fresh Mexican Grill and Sonterra Grill. Like the Slayton's-Salsa Brava pairing on Village Center Drive, the Slayton's-Sonterra double-team marks an impressive, Boardwalk-and-Park Place-type domination of a single block.
To peek at the kind of grub Slayton's may serve downtown, check out the menu for the Rockrimmon location at slaytonsbbq.com.
How Shinji rolls
Shinji's Sushi Bar (308-M S. Eighth St.) recently announced a new dinner menu, as well as a new kid's menu. Owner Shinji Shibuya says he's introduced some new creations, including a spicy miso roll, featuring salmon on the inside and out, a blend of Japanese and Korean miso, garlic, ginger and a touch of sake and sugar cooked and served warm. (Fear not, raw sushi purists: I've tried a number of Shinji's cooked rolls and they're fantastic.)
As for the kids, Shibuya's now offering what he insists are very healthy $2 rice balls (traditionally called onigiri), served with cooked salmon and seaweed. Call 475-0669.
Let the good times roll (finally)
Though it's already been open more than six months, Asian Pacific Market (615 Wooten Road), billed as the largest ethnic food supermarket in Southern Colorado, is just now getting around to a grand opening celebration from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 18. In addition to cooking demonstrations, there will be karate demos, dance and much more. Call 573-7500.
Now open a little over two months, Metropolis (1201 W. Colorado Ave.) will hold its grand opening celebration on Halloween night. Each time you dine or drink between now and then, you'll receive an entry ticket (double tickets during happy hours, 4-7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight) to win a bar tab or scooter at the costume ball. Visit metropoliscs.com.
Chipotle Mexican Grill will open its first Pueblo location at 3230 N. Elizabeth St. on Nov. 1. To celebrate (on time), the chain will hold a "free day" (offering gratis burritos and burrito bowls) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 30. Gifts will also be given to the first 100 people making food purchases after 3 p.m. on Nov. 1. Visit chipotle.com for more.