Side dish: Fajita joint opening 

Seared into memory

Why there aren't fajita-focused outfits on every corner is a mystery, but at least now there's one in Rockrimmon. Everything Fajita (6620 Delmonico Drive, 482-6846) opened in mid-September under the care of 14-year restaurant veteran Michael Smith.

"The basic idea is beef or chicken fajita meat that's been marinated," says Smith, noting he gets that meat from either Shamrock Foods or Sam's Club. "We have a wood grill [and] I use a combination of hickory, mesquite and applewood to cook the meat, so you get a real smoke flavoring."

The finished product comes in tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salads and nachos. Smith, who's been in Colorado for five years but hails from Texas and the East Coast, also makes guacamole, refried beans, chips and salsa daily.

Why's he doing it here, and now?

"I was [in] health insurance here, then the Obama health care bill put me out of business, so I had some restaurants here offer me a job to come back into the kitchen," Smith says. "Then I found this place on Craigslist, and it was fully stocked and they were just looking for somebody to come in and take over the lease, so I opted for that instead of taking another cooking job."


Co-owner Tim Payne confirms that Zane's Steak House (5905 Corporate Drive, zanessteakhouse.com), a recent reboot of the Mason Jar's second location, closed on Oct. 30.

"Zane's was really well-received, but we financially just aren't able to sustain it at this point," he says. "We didn't do the numbers that allowed us to keep going."

Payne says no other uses for the space are being considered at this time.

À la carte

• Grab $30 and your drinking shoes, and hit the fifth annual All Colorado Beer Festival at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center (the old TRW building at 3650 N. Nevada Ave.). Two sessions, starting at noon and 5:30 p.m., run on Nov. 5 and yield access to roughly 100 brews from more than 35 state breweries. Visit allcoloradobeerfestival.com for more.

• The last Old Colorado City progressive dinner is set for Tuesday, Nov. 8, and you can reserve a spot by calling Gertrude's Restaurant (471-0887). Park at Paravicini's Italian Bistro (2802 W. Colorado Ave.), then walk to Pizzeria Rustica for the 6 p.m. start; the night will take you to Jake & Telly's Greek Taverna and Gertrude's before returning you to Paravicini's. Tickets are $49, plus tax and tip.

Coquette's Bistro & Bakery (915 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, coquettesbistroandbakery.com) now offers gluten-free baking classes for $40. The next is at 6 p.m., Nov. 16, and includes a glass of wine; early registration requested.


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