After nearly a year on the market, the former Amuzé Bistro at 292 State Hwy. 105 in Palmer Lake has failed to sell, prompting chef/owner Bill Sherman — who blames banks for not extending loans to several interested parties — to open another eatery in the space. (You'll recall that last May, he moved Amuzé into the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.)
Look for The Flying Pig to make its debut as soon as Memorial Day. Sherman says it will be a Slow Food-driven concept using local produce and proteins wherever possible. With the help of a new "kick-ass" wood smoker, he envisions a menu of various smoked meats; specialty brats; gourmet deli sandwiches; a cross between Kansas City and Texas-style barbecue; at least one main vegetarian option; and perhaps specials like a barbecue-braised lamb shank. Also expect a full bar, wine list and local beers, and, possibly, homemade ice cream and (pending a brewer's license) a special micro-batch house-brewed ale in the future.
"Funky, simple, but neat," he summarizes. It's a description that also applies to a planned Southern-style, walk-up window, some outdoor seating, drinks served in Mason jars, and live blues and jazz on weekends. "I've always wanted to do fine dining and very basic stuff," he says.
Sherman also has a master woodworker renovating the small dining room, constructing a new bar from pine beetle-killed lumber and reclaimed barn wood.
How's this for local culinary color? An "upscale" and "healthy" community kitchen-based mobile food truck that draws upon local goods and has named all the menu's soups and sandwiches for famous women in American history.
That's the story of owner Liz Rosenbaum's Her Story Cafe (herstorycafe.com), which went mobile in mid-April. Rosenbaum preps out of Old Colorado City's Gotta Love It Kitchen and currently parks at the Citadel Terrace Building (near Barnes & Noble on Citadel Drive East) on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Colorado Coffee Merchants on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and at Ranch Foods Direct on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Check her website's blog or Facebook for updates and more locations.)
A former Widefield District 3 high school history teacher (hence the menu allusions) and café manager (in Iowa and Georgia), Rosenbaum dreamed of owning her own place during a recent bout of unemployment. Returning to the roots of her Iowa farmland upbringing, she's designed an eco-friendly menu that includes Ranch Foods Direct meats and as many locally made or distributed products as possible.
Past the Colorado Coffee Merchants coffee and natural sodas, "comfort foods" including pastries, breakfast items and more range from $2 to $8.