Lulu’s Downstairs and Potato Potato team up; Axe and the Oak nets whiskey awards, and more food and drink news 

click to enlarge COURTESY AXE AND THE OAK
  • Courtesy Axe and the Oak
The recently opened Lulu’s Downstairs (107 Manitou Ave., lulusdownstairs.com) has teamed up with the popular Potato Potato food truck (facebook.com/potatopotatocos), whose crew now oversees Lulu’s Kitchen on-site from 6-10 p.m. nightly. Newly added menu items include pork schnitzel, meatloaf and Nashville-style hot chicken tenders.

“Potato Potato [has launched] our “Potato Playground” idea while keeping the trailer as the “fry factory,” Potato Potato proprietor Kevin Johnson says. “Each will complement the other while keeping their particular focus.”

Adds Lulu’s owner and founder Marc Benning: “It’s not an additional restaurant, not two identities, it’s still gonna be Lulu’s food and space, and keep the same energy and vibe. It’s just a more realized menu. And Kevin will be running that.”

More food news:
  • Axe and the Oak Distillery (axeandtheoak.com) recently announced wins from the Whiskies of the World Awards: a gold medal for their Colorado Mountain Incline Rye Whiskey (in the Rye 2 Years Smoke Medium category) and a silver medal for their Colorado Mountain Bourbon Whiskey (in the Bourbon <=2 Years category).

  • The 5th Annual Heritage Brew Festival (manitouspringsheritagecenter.org/event/brew/) approaches, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in Manitou Springs’ Memorial Park. Remaining tickets to sample from 25-plus breweries currently start at $37.50, benefiting the Manitou Springs Heritage Center.

  • Peaks N Pines Brewery (peaksnpinesbrewery.com) opened its new Fountain location on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 212 W. Illinois Ave. Look for regular food truck programming in addition to the high-quality house beers.


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