The sawdust has cleared after the latest round of renovations at the Broadmoor (1 Lake Ave., broadmoor.com), not to return until next spring's overhaul of Charles Court into a new Italian concept. PLAY at the Broadmoor, the new six-lane bowling alley and game room inside the Broadmoor West complex, is now open, complete with a Colorado-spirit-friendly bar and expansive, casual lounge menu with kid-friendly items.
You can view the full, eclectic menu online, but here's a handful of interesting options: Leopold Bros. Blackberry Liqueur shaved ice, boozy and non-alcoholic milk shakes, white truffle Parmesan popcorn, matzo ball soup, a roasted jalapeño corn dog, smoked trout sushi rolls, and dessert marshmallows with cotton candy, orange blossoms and Chartreuse (French liqueur).
The Golden Bee also just (re)opened, with doubled interior space and a new rooftop patio. Giant yard glasses of beer still taunt sea-level suckers, while the single-page food menu has also received a re-touching. Look for items like Scotch eggs, a ham-and-cheddar pretzel roll, sautéed calf liver, and scrumpets (lamb shoulder) with mint vinegar. Both eateries serve late; call for updated hours.
There will be beer
Front Range Barbeque (2330 W. Colorado Ave., frbbq.com) has added a new beer component to its popular Wednesday night music series: guest brewery representatives on hand for special pourings weekly, into summer months. Avery is on hand tonight, April 10, with five IPAs; Firestone Walker heads up April 17 with a fusion wheat beer and its Wookey Jack black rye IPA; April 24 brings Upslope and its Jasmine IPA firkin and Belgian pale ale; May 1 sees Ska and a limited spin on its vanilla porter, among other brews. Also look for more "Meet the Brewer" nights in tandem with Focus on the Beer, soon.
Froyo on the hill
Monument has (somewhat belatedly) joined the self-serve fro-yo craze with month-old In the Moo (491 W. Hwy. 105 #104, 481-1229). Despite a claim on its Facebook page that it serves "all natural Colorado made flavors," the probiotic-packing product is actually coming from Arkansas-based Honey Hill Farms — the best-tasting yogurt on the market according to owners, the Gogolewski family. Current flavors include sea salt caramel pretzel, cinnabun and birthday cake.
World of worm-craft
Urban gardeners, take note: Rocky Mountain Worm Company (rockymountainwormcompany.com) just celebrated its grand opening of a retail store at 411-A Tia Juana St., near Platte Avenue and Circle Drive. Worms, worm castings (essentially, poop), worm compost tea and worm cocoons are all available along with other organic soil amendments like coconut coir (water-holding fibers).