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Enter the Fox

The Springs might soon see a new brewery, thanks in part to an old one. Seven-year Bristol Brewing Co. employee and assistant brewer John Schneider has started Black Fox Brewing, to be operated at least for the near future out of Bristol (1647 S. Tejon St.).

"It's complicated," says Bristol's Laura Long. Essentially, "Mike [Bristol] is incubating [John's] new business ... except for physical proximity, they're their own deal."

Long says that Black Fox has its own beer labels, and that Schneider who still works full-time at Bristol along with his wife and business partner Nicole will purchase his own ingredients to brew with Bristol equipment. Black Fox beer will also be sold and served out of Bristol's tasting room. Down the road, it will likely grow into its own space.

Black Fox's first release, the Debut Belgian Saison Ale, will be celebrated at 5 p.m., Friday, March 13 at Bristol.

One other bit of news from Bristol: As of March 23, six-packs of the newly renamed Compass IPA will be available in liquor stores. Call 633-2555 for more.

Our Place, maybe yours

"This is good, home-style Southern cooking," says Eric Powers, owner of the just-opened Our Place Caf at 5605 N. Academy Blvd.

Our Place serves breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, with nothing on the menu topping $6.95. Neither, Powers says, is anything processed.

"We cook biscuits every morning from scratch and buy most of our meat from Andy's Market on Platte (Avenue) ... for our ham, I actually cook a 30-pound ham."

At breakfast, you'll find dishes like country-fried steak, omelettes and scrambles over home fries with Southern sides like grits. At lunch, in addition to salads, a burger and several sandwich options, the family operation cooks a daily $5.99 blue-plate special, which includes a meat, two veggies and bread. (Sweet tea is available, too.)

Powers, a retired police deputy recently transplanted from Florida, says Our Place's culinary chops belong to his partner Glenda Henson and her two daughters. The operating team brings more than 45 years' total restaurant experience to the venture. Call 260-1129 for more.

You look Smashing

Named Best Locally Based Chain and Best Strip-Mall Burger by Denver's Westword in 2008, Smashburger opens in Colorado Springs on Friday, March 13, at 3707 Bloomington St.

In addition to several varieties of burgers (pressed hard onto the grill, not mashed to a pulp), the chain dishes smashchicken and smashdogs, veggie frites, salads, shakes and even beer and wine.

Visit mysmashburger.com for more.

Send info on new brews or cooking crews to scene@csindy.com.

  • Black Fox Brewing, Our Place Caf, Smashburger

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