Considering that most folks expected another catering outfit to be tapped, it was surprising to hear on Monday that Bill Sherman of Palmer Lake's tiny gourmet eatery, Amuzé Bistro, will take over Café 36 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. But even more surprising is Sherman's confidence in the new venture: He's closing Amuzé on May 31 to give the FAC his "undivided attention."
Starting June 3, Amuzé at the FAC (30 W. Dale St., 477-4377) will be open for lunch between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, with dinner hours to follow not too long after.
The entire deal came together in just 30 days, and Sherman says his whole staff will move with him. He sounds undaunted by previous occupants having been unable to establish the museum wing as a busy dining spot: "If we were able to make Palmer Lake a destination spot," says the caterer-turned-restaurateur, "we can get people to come to the FAC."
Expect "an artistic flair" consistent with Amuzé Bistro's, but a menu that'll remain at roughly the same price point as Café 36.
"My whole family loves ice cream," says Michael Van Schooneveld. "My grandmother had a bowl every single night of her life, and the first solid food my kids got was ice cream."
That said, it should be no surprise that Van Schooneveld is the man behind University Village's Glacier Homemade Ice Cream and Gelato franchise, set to open July Fourth weekend at 5166 N. Nevada Ave., #100 (glaciericecream.com). Glacier is a Boulder-born outfit and was named by Forbes magazine last year as one of the 10 best ice cream stores in America.
"We have an enormous flavor catalog of over 700 flavors that cycle through the store ... it's super-premium stuff," says Van Schooneveld. Beyond ice creams, milkshakes, malts, sundaes, frozen yogurts, smoothies and sorbets, look for authentic gelato made on standard European equipment.
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• Couture Cupcake Co. (3347 Cinema Point, springscupcakes.com), according to a note on its Facebook page, will expand to the first floor of Plaza of the Rockies' north tower late this week, and will be open weekdays from 10 to 6.
• Texas-based Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q (315 S. 31st St., rudys.com) will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., as of June 2, serving breakfast tacos from 7 to 10 a.m., and barbecue the remainder of the day.
• Flatiron's American Bar & Grill (see Side Dish, March 11; 2540 Tenderfoot Hill St., flatirons.biz) should be open as of June 8, according to Luke Travins of Concept Restaurants. Expect only dinner hours the first week.