Monday, October 21, 2019

Chew-Chew Gastrotruck expands with upcoming Black Forest Bistro

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click to enlarge Chew-Chew owner Deanna Johnson at a recent event. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Chew-Chew owner Deanna Johnson at a recent event.

Three-year-old Black Forest Chew-Chew Gastrotruck will as of January, tentatively, have a new commissary and sister eatery, to be called the Black Forest Bistro. Owner Deanna Johnson will be purchasing the former Descar’s Roadside Bar & Grill at 6750 Shoup Road and plans to overhaul it and open Thursdays through Sundays, including for Sunday brunch service.

Once Black Forest Bistro opens, Johnson says she'll part the truck onsite for a few months, at least, to get the bistro going. The benefit of that is it'll be able to act as a second kitchen or snack bar, as planned for future music events on the location's patio. Johnson says not to worry though, that she will put the truck — proudly all-female-staffed — back on the road come late spring and summer, for festivals and weekly events like the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum's Food Truck Tuesdays, if she's once again accepted.

As for the bistro's menu, Johnson says "the food will evolve into some items we can't do on the truck ... we’re known for our international street food with a twist — so we’re going to definitely have that. But we’re going to have seafood and lamb and pasta, burgers, sandwiches just a little bit for everyone. We are going to keep our menu changing like we do on the truck."

One of her bestselling items, her Korean bulgogi steak, for example, will become an entrée with the added side of the truck's popular sticky street noodles. She says she'll likely keep the menu in the $15 to $25 range for top items.

That steak, by the way, is what won the truck the first round of Food Network’s Food Truck Fan Fight, which Chew-Chew went on to win for the Rocky Mountain region, beating out several Denver and Boulder entities.

Johnson says to expect cocktails and 13 craft Colorado beer taps as well at Black Forest Bistro. The location will serve as the Chew-Chew truck's new commissary, and Johnson says she'd like to open it up to be a commissary for others as well during off hours.   

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