Almost three years after its last significant update, José Muldoon's (josemuldoons.com) has released a new menu at both of its locations. General manager Cindy Biondo says the outfit has added more items than it's removed, after months of collaborative menu testing with kitchen managers Jason Stehle and Doug Pitts, and input from the management team.
"It just felt like it was time," she says, speculating that around a full third of the menu now consists of new or overhauled items.
Among the fresh additions: Mexican Cobb and chile lime shrimp salads; "Texican" spring rolls and Power Nachos starters; BBQ pork tacos; and a Muldooniac burrito (named after the house running club) featuring dual saucing of "mean green chile" and chile con queso.
Thursday, Nov. 15 marks the 30th anniversary of The Mason Jar (2925 W. Colorado Ave., masonjarcolorado.com), and in celebration for that day only, the restaurant is taking 30 percent off its bestselling chicken-fried steak plate ($6.99 small/$8.99 large versus $9.99 and $12.89). From Nov. 16 through 18, it's also offering a lobster tail special ($21.99).
Co-owner Tim Payne, who's been with the outfit from Day 1, notes that though it's expanded and contracted twice over the decades — to North Academy Boulevard from '85 to '97, and to Corporate Drive from spring 2009 to fall 2011 — success has come "one day at a time, and by the grace of God." He credits loyal guests and a dedicated staff that includes cooks and a waitress who've been there 20-plus years.
Open and closed
• Pueblo has experienced a number of notable openings and closings recently: Muggsy's Inn has been replaced at 115 E. Riverwalk, #100 by The Sicilian Restaurant & Bakery (719/582-1959). Wireworks Coffeehouse on the Riverwalk is now out of business at 103 S. Union Ave., #110, and Restaurant Fifteen Twentyone, arguably the city's finest dining, has folded at 123 N. Main St. Also, Rosario's (719/404-4283), formerly in operation at 2930 N. Elizabeth St., has moved onto the Riverwalk at 101 S. Main St.
• Summit at the Broadmoor (19 Lake Circle, broadmoor.com) announced lunch hours this week (11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays) that are intended to cover for the Golden Bee's closure while it's renovated over the winter. As such, the menu will feature some popular items from the Bee, paired with new plates from executive sous chef Bertrand Bouquin. Sandwiches include Maryland lump crab cake and Croque Monsieur (grilled ham and French Comté cheese), and among other items are shepherd's pie and penne carbonara.