Thursday, June 27, 2019

Pikes Peak Brewing Company Lager House to join South Tejon Street

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2019 at 10:05 AM

UPDATE:

Following the big announcement on June 26, Chris Wright sent a rendering of the new Lager House: 
COURTESY PIKES PEAK BREWING CO.
  • Courtesy Pikes Peak Brewing Co.
And here's a few more details from a press release:
The market, being developed by Niebur Development, will be a community of independent Colorado businesses collectively offering a place to eat, drink, shop and connect - a new and innovative concept for the growing community of Downtown Colorado Springs, and offer a
vibrant live music venue.

The Pikes Peak Brewing Lager House will feature a view into the age old process of creating unique and historical lager beers and include a 2500 square foot rooftop patio with amazing vistas of the Front Range and Downtown Colorado Springs.

—— ORIGINAL POST, 6:02 P.M., WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 ——

This food news courtesy Indy partner Rocky Mountain Food Report:

Chris Wright, brewer/owner of Pikes Peak Brewing Co. in Monument, just announced the opening of Pikes Peak Brewing Company Lager House in early winter of 2019, on the burgeoning 500th block of South Tejon Street, a key part of a collaborative food, beverage and craft marketplace concept coming to Colorado Springs.

“We’re going to anchor this market,” says Wright. “It’ll be a food court type of deal with independent operators, similar to the Milk Market or Stanley Marketplace in Denver, and a live music venue with regular performances in the common area.”

The new location will present 15 taps (10 of which will be lagers), five signature beers (ales) courtesy of its Northern counterpart, large foeders to lager on oak and a sprawling 2,500 square-foot rooftop patio. Wright says that he is already “beginning to experiment with different lagers,” sharing the release of a Mexican lager at their recent 8th anniversary celebration — and says patrons can expect to “start seeing more.”

“I wanted something unique and special and I think craft lagers are going to be the next big thing in beer,” says Wright. “No one else in this area is focused just on lagers and it’s just another way to differentiate ourselves.”
Expanding from Monument to downtown Colorado Springs this winter. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar expanding into Springs

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 2:39 PM

COURTESY JAX FISH HOUSE & OYSTER BAR
  • Courtesy Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

Boulder-based Big Red F Restaurant Group recently announced it’ll open (as of fall, 2019) its sixth Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar location — this one in Colorado Springs, in the former, longtime Il Vicino space at 11 S. Tejon St.

Big Red F, a 25-year-old assemblage, also operates Lola Coastal Mexican, The Post Brewing Co., The West End Tavern, Zolo Southwestern Grill, and Centro Mexican Kitchen. Jax also has locations in Boulder (the original spot), Fort Collins, Lodo Denver, Glendale, and Kansas City.

The eatery specializes in sustainably sourced seafood, and boasts of being the first restaurant in Colorado to be certified by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. Executive Chef Sheila Lucero also serves on their Blue Ribbon Task Force, “working with other chefs from around the country to learn and share the very latest information on the state of our global fish stocks as well as the most progressive use of seafood in our restaurants,” according to her bio.

COURTESY JAX FISH HOUSE & OYSTER BAR
  • Courtesy Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
Jax has repeatedly won Best Seafood Restaurant in publications like 5280 and Westword, and chef/founder Dave Query says he’s been waiting for the right Springs location for 20 years. “The Springs is a natural next progression for Jax,” he says. “We’re excited to have found a location we think suits the brand and allows us to do something in the way we do it well — which is small.”

By that, he clarifies that this spot has “almost the exact footprint as Jax in Boulder,” meaning room for 72 seats and tiny open kitchen — “small, functional.”

Jax’s menu is uniform across locations. Menu items include: a raw bar, hot oysters, starters like calamari and mussels, chowder, crab, lobster, caviar, jambalaya, entrées like bass, tuna, salmon and scallops with various alluring sauces, and an award-winning Niman Ranch burger.

“Our commitment to sustainability doesn’t come easy or without added expenses,” he adds. “We do oysters as well as anyone in the country, whether on the coast or not — we take a lot of pride in that. We’re excited about doing an oyster bar in a way that hasn’t been done prior in the Springs.”

As for whether we should expect more Big Red F expansions into the Springs? “It’s too early to say,” says Query, “we’ll start with Jax and see.”

Check out photos provided by Jax from other locations for a taste of what's to come:
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