A steampunk coffee shop? That's what you can expect when Jives Coffee Lounge (16 Colbrunn Court, jivescoffeelounge.com) expands to a second location around the new year at 5865 N. Nevada Ave., in the former Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum just outside Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson.
Owner Randy Fair says a customer at his Old Colorado City shop (dressed in goggles and a top hat) introduced him to steampunk culture recently, and the style immediately clicked with him as a cool business theme.
"That mix of fantasy, Victorian and metal — I dig that look and feel — it has shocking potential for interior design," he says, noting that Edison bulb and copper-light fixtures are already in the works.
Fair aims to cater to University of Colorado at Colorado Springs students, but also to software "geeks" like himself. The bigger space will allow for live music space and an expanded food menu (salads, soups, sandwiches, breakfast items) plus a local beer list and a modest wine list.
Fair's coffee comes from OCC's SwitchBack Coffee Roasters, with whom Fair has worked closely to create his own blends. He hopes to continue expanding, and placing some of his 10 children in management positions across them.
Cheers to Trinity Brewing Company (1466 Garden of the Gods Road, trinitybrew.com), the only Springs brewery to medal at this year's Great American Beer Festival. President Jason Yester and crew won a bronze for the TPS Report in the American-Style Brett Ale category.
The TPS also won a GABF gold in 2009, in the Experimental Beer category. As described by Trinity, it's an experimental Flanders sour flavored with tangerine and lemon zests.
Yester says this Brett category was only created in 2011, and that he and fellow brewers had petitioned for almost a decade for it.
This current batch ($23.95/750-ml bottle or $9/12-ounce draft) differs from the '09-winning version in that it's been aged in French oak chardonnay barrels, which according to Yester allow more oxygen to infuse the beer. That imparts more lactic acid flavor, which "tones down the funkiness a bit," making it more balanced and "super drinkable."
Years after closing its downtown outpost, Taste of India (4820 Flintridge Drive, tasteofindiacoloradosprings.com) has once again expanded to open Taste of India 2 inside the Citadel Mall (750 Citadel Drive East). Owner Sunny Singh believes "Indian food cravings locally have expanded," and that the new location, far from the competition, is ideal for answering that call. Expect the same menu plus mall-friendly additions like a $3.50 chicken bowl and a $5.99 combo plate.
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