Thursday, August 30, 2018

Happy Belly Tacos announces planned opening, pop-up dinner

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 6:34 PM

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Mark Henry’s metric for success has changed over his time as owner of Rooster’s House of Ramen. He’s more invested in helping his staff grow and improve as chefs, as servers and as businesspeople, he says. To that end, he’s financially backing former Rooster’s noodle chef Troy Baker and opening Happy Belly Tacos just outside of downtown Springs, currently set to open on Tuesday, Sept. 11. While Henry will own the place, it’s Baker’s baby, and he’s head chef. Baker’s from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and he’s worked with Henry for almost a decade, by Henry’s estimate, going back to The Blue Star.

As a Burqueño, Baker grew up eating an array of Mexican and Southwestern flavors. His menu will feature a few seasonal and other specials, but it’ll mostly stay consistent, anchored on a variety of New Mexican, Mexican and Central and South American offerings.

“I know we want to do an authentic al pastor,” he says. “We’re going to have a spit grill, and we’re going to be carving off the al pastor to order.” They’ll also offer tacos de parrilla, tacos with caramelized cheese on the inside of the tortilla, under the fillings.

Happy Belly’s bar will be managed by Sarah Helfrich, general manager for Elevated Carnivore Group, which is the Henry-helmed umbrella company that owns both Happy Belly and Rooster’s. “We want to do an educated mezcal program,” says Baker. “Most people aren’t really mezcal drinkers or don’t even know what mezcal is.”

So, Baker and crew will stand ready to teach: “I climbed the ladder, busted my ass, and it looks like I get to do something I have my heart in,” he says.

Want a preview? Drop by The Archives between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. on August 31 and September 1 for a late-night pop-up event. Archives owner Dylan Currier and his team will offer specialty tequila cocktails to pair with Baker and crew's tacos.
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Boulder Street Bites food truck gathering launches with block party

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 6:31 PM

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Piglatin Food Truck and others have staked out the lot at 116 E. Boulder Street in the past, but now, that spot's going to be even more happening. The Piglatin team have partnered with Bob Derian of Chef Bob's Lobstah Truck and the folks at Epicentral Coworking to spearhead a new food truck meeting place, dubbed Boulder Street Bites.

“Think of it like a co-op,” says Aaron Ewton, brand manager for Piglatin Cocina & Food Truck. "We’re all trying to pull our networking resources together to make it more than just a truck sitting in a lot.”

He hopes that, as more food trucks contribute and commit to the space, they'll be able to turn it into a more desirable hangout spot, adding ambience and extending operating hours. After the spot launches on Aug. 31 — click here for details — it'll be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays.

“We would like to expand that to weekends and evenings within the next couple of weeks," says Ewton. When we speak, he says around a dozen trucks have signed on through September and October, with three or four trucks set to serve lunch each day. Check out the Boulder Street Bites Facebook page here for regularly posted schedules.
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