Chain rings and wings
• Because America will seemingly never have enough burger options, look for the opening of a Jake's Wayback Burgers (waybackburgers.com) franchise at 4492 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. sometime around early December, tentatively. The Delaware-born, Connecticut-based chain sports around 40 restaurants, currently all east of the Mississippi.
New Colorado Springs proprietor Timothy Pascoe discovered the chain on the Internet while looking for a franchise to open; he'd been laid off after 18 years with AAA in July 2008, and was looking to "control [his] own destiny," he says. He made a trip to a location out east, was pleased with the food he sampled, and began the franchise agreement process more than a year ago.
"I like that they are more modern — you can order and pay online," he says. "I thought they had the best onion rings, and the burgers are 1/3 of a pound instead of a quarter of a pound, and they have fresh, never-frozen patties."
Jake's also serves turkey and veggie burgers and a variety of shakes, and Pascoe says it's a family-oriented outfit, where children under 12 eat free. "It's not quite fast food," he adds. "We take a little longer to cook your food." After getting established, Pascoe says, he'll aim to add a delivery option that's rare in the burger world.
• Buffalo Wild Wings (buffalowildwings.com) will open its second Colorado Springs location at 2905 Geyser Drive at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25. To "celebrate the new opening" (read: create buzz-worthy pandemonium), the chain outfit will give the first 100 people in line vouchers for "free wings for a year" (read: a coupon book with 52 vouchers for six free wings).
À la carte
• After a roughly five-year hiatus, It's All Good Soul Food Restaurant (itsallgoodsoulfood.com) has reopened in its original location at 3117 S. Academy Blvd., under original owner Sheryl Burns. The Southern-style eatery serves made-from-scratch classics like fried chicken, ribs, catfish, and gizzard and wing baskets, as well as staple sides like collard greens, black-eyed peas and coleslaw. Dessert options include sweet potato pie and red velvet cake. IAG offers lunch and dinner hours, Tuesday through Saturday.
• Pikes Peak Brewing Co. (pikespeakbrewing.com) announced last Friday that it has selected a location: 1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive in Monument. The outfit anticipates a spring 2011 opening.
• Attend the Spirits of the Season — The Art of Tasting Spirits fundraiser for the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (304 State Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, trilakesarts.org) from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22. Tickets, $25 per person or $40 per couple, earn you samples of tequilas, rums, single-malt scotches, liqueurs and more alongside appetizers and more than 100 exhibited sculptures.