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High-end seafood coming to downtown, Creekside Cuisine opens

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A central seafood spot

Rabbit Hole and SuperNova owner Joe Campana has begun build-out on a third restaurant for his portfolio. Bonny and Read will be located just upstairs from the Rabbit Hole at the northeast corner of Tejon and Kiowa streets — replacing a Verizon location, a pot shop and the former PB & Jellies space.

When it opens sometime around October, the highlight will be seafood, he says, with an array of daily-arriving fresh fish and live Maine lobsters. He notes an "amazing" seafood tower that his chef — whose name is still secret but who is toiling on a menu — has planned, in addition to steaks and pasta plates plus a menu of Colorado beers and a large cocktail and wine list.

"It'll be upscale," he says, "but lower-priced than The Famous. ... I thought about calling it The Infamous, actually." In the end, he and partners Amber Campana (his wife) and Jerry Flesher settled on a name that pays homage to a pair of legendary female pirates.

The desire to expand stems from Joe's opinion that downtown needs to grow with more restaurants, and that really nobody (outside of Fujiyama) is focusing on high-end seafood. "Bonefish Grill is our closest competitor," he says, referring to the University Village chain spot.

Many fish will be FedEx'd in, and purveyors like Denver's Seattle Fish Co., will help provide sustainably caught as well as farm-raised options. "We want to be responsible," says Joe, "because of the problems with the oceans."

As for the design, expect new patio space and capacity for around 130 inside. Side note: The Rabbit Hole is also undergoing an expansion thanks to some newly acquired space that was previously storage for upstairs tenants. It will gain 30 seats and new bathrooms by late summer.

Pizza on the creek

After missing two projected opening dates, Creekside Cuisine & Craft Beer (creeksidecuisine.com) opened Monday in the former Adam's Mountain Café spot at 934 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs.

Some updates from earlier plans: Co-owner Bill Stein of Borriello Brothers ended up not pairing with Colorado Mountain Brewery for the beer — even though his fellow co-owner is CMB's Dick Koons, who also collaborates with him in a Fort Carson business. Instead, Creekside has linked up with Red Leg Brewing for a few exclusive house beers plus other Red Leg labels and guests across 10 taps. One beer will be a lemon shandy made with a kölsch cut with Manitou spring water-made lemonade.

A shorter list of Borriello pizzas will be available (though really, any pies can be made custom), plus entrées like a lamb Bolognese, shepherd's pie, bangers and mash, smoked elk brats, beef burgers mixed with pork belly, and Colorado lamb and trout street tacos. Spirits and wine will also be available at a 36-foot-long bar backed by TVs.

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