Out of the ashes ...

... a new restaurant venture rises.

The Home Plate Grill at Benny's (517 W. Colorado Ave.) has replaced Flamethrowers Nuevo Mex Grill inside Benny's bar. Owner/chef Greg Dodge, formerly of the Colorado Springs Fish Market and the Sunbird, among other local posts, opened in mid-January, just weeks after Flamethrowers' exit.

In addition to Banana's Fried Pickles (yup, those are tempura-fried pickles served by a woman named Banana), Dodge's menu features bar staples like chicken tenders and jalapeo poppers among apps; enchiladas, burritos, a Philly cheese steak and a barbecue sandwich among entres; and, of course, half a dozen styles of burgers.

"I make the best burger you've ever had," says Dodge, who also makes his own green chili and almost everything in-house, from scratch.

Home Plate is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Breakfast hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 634-9309 for more.

Wine tool

Like the band Tool? Great!

Like wine? Ah, who cares?

Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan will be at Whole Foods (7400 E. Hampden Ave., Denver) from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26 and 27 to sign bottles of his Arizona Stronghold Vineyards wine with ASV co-owner Eric Glomski. (Yeah, I'd understand if you skipped his autograph.) Keenan's willing to wield his cult-star status to sell his wine, so you shouldn't feel too much like a dope for buying a bottle just to get his siggy (and to earn permanent bragging rights at your Metal-Mullets Anonymous meetings). Call 303/488-2000 for more.

Turner's burners

Ted's Montana Grill (1685 Briargate Pkwy.), the eco-conscious chain co-founded by media mogul/environmentalist Ted Turner, recently announced new "real deal" lunch and dinner menus. Each features three courses ($12-$13 lunch, $15-$16 dinner) with choice of entres such as cheeseburgers, salmon and bison meatloaf. Visit tedsmontanagrill.com for more.

Pot, Petite and Pickle

The Melting Pot (30-A E. Pikes Peak Ave.) is hosting 1980s Night on Feb. 23. Dress up for costume prizes; three courses (cheese, entre, dessert) will run you just $27 plus tax/tip. Call 385-0300 for reservations.

La Petite Maison (1015 W. Colorado Ave.) is hosting a Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday dinner Feb. 24. Three courses (including gumbo, touffee and crpes Suzette) cost $30 plus tax/tip. Call 632-4887 for more.

The Spicy Pickle (1466 W. Garden of the Gods Road) recently closed.

Compiled by Matthew Schniper

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