Food and Drink

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

In-N-Out Burger in Colorado Springs still a couple of years out

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2018 at 11:55 AM

Good, cheap burgers, coming to Colorado with a double helping of hype in a couple of years. - COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
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  • Good, cheap burgers, coming to Colorado with a double helping of hype in a couple of years.
The devotee of west coast burger chain In-N-Out Burger will have to wait a little longer to get their 3x3 animal style burgers with fries well done. According to an email we've received from Denny Warnick, the California-based company's VP of Operations, the previously announced distribution facility and office building in northern Springs, plus the state's first In-N-Out restaurants, are still a few years out.

Here's what Warnick sent us:
The planning and design work continues to move forward for our facilities and restaurant in Colorado Springs. The city of Colorado Springs has been a great partner on the project.

It is great to be able to report progress being made, although we are still likely a couple of years away from serving our first Double-Double in Colorado. We are very much looking forward to that day, and we appreciate our customers in Colorado that have shared their anticipation with us as well.
So that's where we are. The chain's devotees have more time to study the secret scripture menu, and its myriad detractors can continue to talk about how burgers that are roughly twice as expensive are better. We might also suggest patronizing a local option, at least for now.
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Friday, August 10, 2018

Basil & Barley Pizzeria Napoletana announces grand opening party

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 11:17 AM

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On Saturday, August 25, Roberto Calcagno's Basil & Barley Pizzeria Napoletana will open, marking the end of over six months of build-out in the Briargate-area spot. To celebrate, Calcagno and his team will be holding a party with food, drinks and live music from bands like Denver's False Report. A ticket, $20, will include unlimited pizza and dessert, plus one drink. The event starts at 5 p.m.

“I want to be very involved in our community," says Calcagno, who co-owns the restaurant with his father, Sandro. "I’m going to devote 20 percent of that profit [from the opening event] to a veteran charity based here in Colorado Springs, and it is called 'The Home Front Cares.'” He adds that the restaurant will open for normal hours the following day, Aug. 26.
Location Details Basil & Barley Pizzeria Napoletana
9278 Forest Bluffs View
Colorado Springs, CO
On opening, Basil & Barley will offer a selection of pizzas and other signature offerings. Calcagno has formulated a few crust choices that diverge somewhat from the traditional Neapolitan style he espouses — we're particularly excited about a sprouted buckwheat crust and a hempseed crust. For desserts, they'll be offering cannolis in house-baked shells, panna cotta, a tiramisu he says is nothing like a "coffee sponge cake," and baba au rhum, to name a few. Baba au rhum, he explains, is a yeasted cake soaked with a rum syrup.

“I’m especially proud of our charcuterie and cheese selection,” he says. “All our charcuterie is from italy... anybody tastes them, they’re going to be amazed at the quality of this prosciutto, for example, or the bresaola or speck.” The menu, he adds, will also feature a short history of each meat, baking education into each meal.

For beverages, he's curated a selection of Italian wines and built a traditional Italian cocktail menu. Expect also a variety of beers, Calcagno's preferred pairing with pizza, both local and imported from Italy. He's teamed up with Dueces Wild Brewery for a signature house beer, brewed with basil.
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