Many have called for it. Someone's finally doing it: a brewery in Manitou Springs.
Kevin LeGrande, owner of the Promenade Building at 725 Manitou Ave., which includes his wife's LeGrande Accents Boutique, put a conditional use request before Manitou Springs City Council earlier this month to open a tasting room (Phase 1) and microbrewery (Phase 2) inside his building. The venture will be in partnership with a yet-to-be-named Colorado brewery, and only allow consumption on site; no bottling, canning or in-house food element.
"I want to start with someone that already makes beer that I think is outstanding ... not just another OK beer," says LeGrande, pointing out the win-win nature of expansion for that brewery and "a partner that takes me into a bigger position ... where I'll have more of a presence than a nanobrewery."
LeGrande, an engineer by day and homebrewer for the last four years, says he first had the idea when he purchased the building around 2006. Optimistically, LeGrande thinks he could open by late 2012.
Let's try pizza pie
Behold the entrepreneurial spirit, dissuaded not even by a shaky track record.
I'm talking about the revolving door that is 230½ Pueblo Ave., next to Zodiac, and a month-old eatery called Slice Pizzeria (377-7786). Since 2009, roughly a business a year has been spurned in the location: Lucia's Family Restaurant, Sushi & Teriyaki House, Cafe Banzai (now located on Galley Road). And yet, each time the space opens, a bold person attempts a new cuisine, hoping for daytime support from commuters and nighttime support from rockers and scenesters.
The latest such person is tile-layer-by-day Jeffrey Poll, assisted by his mom Kay. The Michigan natives cook a thin-crust-style pizza with generous toppings and a red sauce made with fresh, not dried, herbs. Deep-fried, bar-friendly eats also available.
• According to owner Chris Wright, Pikes Peak Brewing Co. (1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, pikespeakbrewing.com) will soon double in size. The tasting room will expand, as will the beer garden. Also, the production area will grow to include two new 30-barrel fermenters, which will increase brewing capacity by 120 percent.
• Coquette's Bistro & Bakery (915 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, coquettesbistroandbakery.com) recently underwent a minor interior renovation that's added new lighting, tables and display cases. The kitchen was also overhauled to accommodate additional baking equipment, which will increase the outfit's sweets production. Though crepes are still served all day, new breakfast, lunch, cocktail and dinner menus bring an array of new items. A plan for an outdoor patio is in the works as well.