The Bench brings sports bar fare to the New South End 

click to enlarge GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
With minimal fanfare, Odyssey Gastropub co-owners Jenny Schnakenberg and Tyler Sherman opened their second restaurant, The Bench, on Saturday, April 28, with a grand opening celebration planned for the near future. The menu consists of what Sherman describes as sports bar fare, but elevated and tweaked.

“Nothing is going to be standard like you would find at other places,” he says. One example: In addition to a hearty bean-and-potato green chile, The Bench will serve Cincinnati chili, basically a meat sauce with cinnamon served “four-way” — over spaghetti with shredded cheddar, onions and oyster crackers. He also mentions the Peanut Butter, Jelly & a Baseball Bat Burger — a patty made with a house-ground chuck and short rib blend, served with onion-raspberry marmalade, peanut aioli and a sunny-side-up egg.
Location Details The Bench
424 S. Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO
Bar Food

There’s a full bar, with a craft cocktail program out on the horizon. Sherman and Co. have stocked their 10-tap system with a mix of craft and macro — “You gotta have PBR and Coors Light” at a sports bar, he says.

Decor-wise, the cool, clean cream-and-blue interior totally shifts from the warm woods of the bar’s previous incarnations. And while expected sports memorabilia plays a minimal role, Sherman says they plan to decorate with locals’ race bibs from marathons and bike races, offering to-be-determined deals for those who donate.

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