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New era for Adam's; exciting times for 503W, Local First Grocer

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Adam's moving east

News slipped out in October of a possible move for Adam's Mountain Café into the Manitou Steak and Pancake House at 26 Manitou Ave. When asked to clarify at the time, Adam's owner, Farley McDonough, told the Indy that she was pursuing the space and they were "under contract, but it's not a done deal."

Well, as of the end of January, it should be. Though the Pancake House is still running for now, McDonough says she'll take ownership of the building Jan. 31, begin construction approximately Feb. 3, and plan to open for business there at the beginning of May. She expects Easter Sunday, April 20, to be the restaurant's last date in its current Spa Building location (934 Manitou Ave., #102,

McDonough is excited about all of the possibilities in the new space. Two kitchens will allow her staff to provide catering services, increase their dessert line, and offer fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies "like we used to at the original restaurant." There will be no more 11 a.m. summer pancake and French toast cutoff — "We're going to start doing breakfast all day" — and they'll open an hour earlier for a new coffee bar.

"I could go on and on," she says, laughing. And she does a little bit, to explain that the Pancake House property backs up against the Woodland Trail and that she's got plans to put a bridge over Fountain Creek so walkers and cyclists can trek the trail straight to the café.

Just one more note: Charles Rockey's art, which was removed from Adam's last year due to fear of flooding, will return this week. The 20-piece collection that's been hanging at the Olive Branch (now closed) in downtown Colorado Springs is moving back to the Spa Building and will become a part of Adam's new home this spring.

À la carte

• Remodeling is complete on the former Dutch Mill Tavern, and the space at 503 W. Colorado Ave. has been rebranded as 503W. (Say it: Five-Oh-Three-West.) The "open kitchen, craft bar" will kick off with a grand opening, Thursday, Jan. 9. Doors at 6 p.m., samples of their "innovative American cuisine" at 7, and happy hour all night, with evening sales of Bristol Laughing Lab benefiting UpaDowna. More at

Local First Grocer is hosting a "Kickstarter Kickoff" community potluck, 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 12, at the aforementioned Adam's Mountain Café. The "co-op focusing on locally sourced Colorado groceries" plans to open a storefront at 116 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, in March. The founders hope to not only raise money through Kickstarter, but also to gain financial support from Manitou Springs City Council. Discussions on the topic will take place at council's working session 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Manitou City Hall.

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