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Shell games

• Cañon City's McClellan's Grill & Brewing Co. closed at 413 Main St. this past October, after more than three years in business. In its place, look for the Royal Gorge Brewing Co. to open in early April, tentatively.

Neighboring outfit Pizza Madness' owners Beth and Colby Katchmar are behind the venture. They've selected brewer Jeff Lockhart, who most recently has been running Ouray's Ouray Brewery, to head the beer-making.

Beth says one of her chefs, James Whitt, will oversee a menu of "Southern Colorado mountain cuisine," to include items like steaks, burgers and vegan and vegetarian entrées. "It's a standard brewpub menu with a local spin," she says, "and we'll make as much as we can."

Expect a small delay in house beers while the outfit waits for its brewer's notice, though a liquor license has been obtained already. Colorado microbrews from places like Bristol Brewing Co. and New Belgium Brewing will occupy taps until Lockhart can fill them out.

• What was formerly East Coast Deli, then I-95 Restaurant and Bar (5934 Stetson Hills Blvd.) will within a few weeks open as another Pueblo Viejo location, according to co-owner Oscar Macias. The local chain also has a location at 5598 N. Academy Blvd., one in Fort Collins and one in Windsor.

Po-boys and the peak

Woodland Park received a new Cajun/American diner last month called Buster O'Brians (727 Gold Hill Place, 686-8098). According to co-owner Dianne Majoue — mother to eight, grandma to 12 — her husband Mike, who goes by "Buster," once trained with Julia Child. Both she and Buster started in restaurants in their teens, and each specializes in plates like seafood étouffée and chicken and dumplings.

Look for a full breakfast menu; lunches of burgers, Po-boys, pastas and more; dinners on Fridays and Saturdays; and Sunday brunch.

À la carte

• In contrast with common wine dinners and occasional beer dinners, The Summit restaurant at The Broadmoor (1 Lake Ave., broadmoor.com) will host a unique, five-course, cocktail-paired "Craft of the Cocktail" dinner at 6 p.m., Monday, March 21. All spirits used will be from Colorado, and seats are $99 plus tax/tip.

Oscar's Oyster Bar (oscarsoysterbar.com) has a new menu at its downtown location. Most of the old, Cajun-influenced menu remains, but pastas, new sandwiches and Chicago dogs are among new additions.

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