Another Ivywild legacy
Much rightfully has been celebrated about the revival of the Ivywild neighborhood, with the ambitious Ivywild School collaboration, establishment of our first craft distillery and soon-to-come opening of a new winery (more on that soon). But a growing number of folks are tuning in to a lesser-known but longtime legacy spot, the Ivywild Tap (1529 S. Nevada Ave., 633-5046), open daily 7:30 a.m. to midnight.
Opened sometime around the 1950s as the Ivywild Inn, and moved back from the main avenue into its current location behind Wendy's in the '70s, the spot has been in continual operation as a working-man's dive with a basic blue collar vibe — think hip-'cuz-it's humble, not unlike Murphy's Tavern. Carmen Hamilton and her husband Bo, former owners of the Mill Hill Saloon from '97 to '05, bought it last October and Bo (a master carpenter) completed a remarkable overhaul of the space before passing away this April. Carmen, a real estate agent by day, says she's committed to keeping the joint going, in honor of Bo, but also the neighborhood, which is "going nowhere but up," she feels.
The Tap features four domestic taps, a bottle selection that crafts out at Fat Tire, basic wine and spirits, including popular $3 Redneck Bloody Marys (featuring giant skewers of vegetables and a Pepper Jack cheese hunk), and $6 personal pizzas (procured frozen out of Denver).
Joseph's Fine Dining (1606 S. Eighth St., josephsdining.com) will become Joseph's Restaurant and Bar sometime late summer/early fall, when the seven-year-old business moves and expands into a new location directly across the street at 1603 S. Eighth St.
Owner Joseph Freyre, a seasoned Broadmoor alum who was Maître D' at the Penrose Room for more than a decade, says he believes the phrase "fine dining" might be chasing potential customers away. He aims to "relax" the pricing with new, "modern cuisine" items joining his bestsellers such as his pepper steak. Some added Peruvian plates will speak to his heritage, as will Pisco Sours at a new 40-seat bar, to include a new cocktail list, four beer taps and its own food menu.
The dining area will see around a dozen new seats plus a 30-person patio. Freyre adds that he wants guests to feel comfortable whether they're in jeans or a suit.
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• Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt (orangeleafyogurt.com), an international self-serve chain with 300-plus locations, has opened its first Springs spot (owned locally) at 122 Tracker Drive, Suite 110.
• The Loco Bean Coffee (locobeancoffee.com) at 2438 E. Pikes Peak Ave. recently launched a delivery service to businesses within a two-mile radius, 8 to noon weekdays, with a $15 minimum purchase order.