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Rhinos Ranch brings a little country to Powers Boulevard 

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Powers Boulevard just got a little more country. On Nov. 23, Air Force veterans Greg Roman and Rick Osmun opened country and western venue/restaurant Rhino's Ranch, a sister location to the long-standing Rhino's Sports Bar.

“We had some struggles with the liquor license which held up some other things,” says now-former manager Chrissy Julian, so some of their plans remain in the works. That's unmissable — since Julian spoke to us in early December, both she and assistant kitchen manager Walt Ortiz have parted ways with the company, information which the Indy received after our print deadline for the issue of Dec. 12. It's now operating under general manager Michelle Martinez and manager Steven Gomez, both of whom are moving over from Rhinos Sports Bar.

That said, the spot’s already hosting live country and western music on Friday and Saturday nights, plus Wednesday night line dancing. They also offer lunch and dinner seven days a week, plus breakfast and brunch on weekends.
Location Details Rhinos Ranch
5853 Palmer Park Blvd.
Powers
Colorado Springs, CO
374-4305

The food’s created by Roman’s brother Steve Roman, kitchen manager, who boasts 10 years’ experience working for food wholesalers Sysco, though he’s most recently worked for the Department of Defense. He'll be keeping parts of the menu that Ortiz designed for the spot and changing others, with details still in flux. Gomez does confirm that, for breakfast, they'll offer American standards: pancakes, eggs to order, breakfast meats, home fries, steaks and more.

When we spoke, Julian touted Ortiz's ribs as a product of his Texas Roadhouse background. Gormez says they'll keep ribs on the menu, though the recipe may change. They'll also continue to offer funnel cake fries and fried cheese curds, which Julian called the best she’s had in town. For booze, they’re largely pouring macros — Bud, Coors and national-brand spirits, though the delays in their liquor license mean plans remain in flux.

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