Tejon Street Blues
Lyons-based Oskar Blues Fooderies (oskarbluesfooderies.com) has signed the paperwork and will open a new Oskar Blues restaurant and beer bar at 118 N. Tejon St., in the former Old Chicago space. OBF chief and partner Jason Rogers says the eatery will have many Americana-style eats from the company's Lyons, Longmont and Denver locations, ranging from burgers and smoked meats to seafood, though the menu will be different.
"Each one has its own kind of unique focus, just by way of location," he says. "But both [Lyons and Longmont] serve pizza. We don't plan on serving pizza in the Springs. We don't serve pizza in Denver." He notes that the Springs location's menu will focus more on entrées.
"My goal, since I've been with Oskar Blues, is to get people to come in every day," he says. "I want to provide something you'd come in on your birthday for, you'd come in on your first date, and you'd come in on your anniversary. But you'd also come in with a bunch of guys for the game."
The 15,000-square-foot, two-floor facility will also feature two underground bocce courts and a small stage for live music. "We're pretty music-centric in Lyons — that space holds 200 people in the basement. And that's a lot of our personality, a lot of who we are," Rogers says. "We weren't going to go too crazy with that. ... Keep it a little bit more two- and three-person bands."
Being tied to Oskar Blues Brewery, there will be plenty of Colorado craft brews on tap. Expect 43 taps total, with between eight and 12 pouring OB brews, and at least 30 pouring Colorado-brewed craft beers. They'll also be tapping kegs from OB-owned breweries outside of Colorado: Michigan's Perrin Brewing Company and Florida's Cigar City Brewing. Rogers says the restaurant should open in summer 2017.
Lee launches liqueurs
Lee Spirits Co. (leespirits.com) has released a line of four house-made liqueurs, available on liquor store shelves now. Look for: alpine liqueur, creme de violette, creme de cacao and forbidden fruit. Alpine liqueur honors the many European herbal liqueurs and sips akin to Chartreuse, bearing its own blend of 27 botanicals and spices. The creme de violette comes from head bartender Nate Windham's love for authentic pre-prohibition spirits — Lee Spirits' take is a recreation of a historical recipe, made with violets. Creme de cacao gets its flavor profile from cocoa nibs and spices. And the forbidden fruit is a resurrection of a liqueur made from pomelo, a citrus fruit that has been crossbred into the grapefruit. Bottles, 375 ml, run around $17. Try one at Brooklyn's on Boulder Street (110 E. Boulder St., brooklynsonboulder.com), which won readers' votes for Best Bartender/Mixologist (care of Windham) and tied for Best New Bar in the Indy's Best Of 2016.