House Chef's new house
Robert Brunet, owner of the in-home meal business The House Chef, recently launched The House Chef Shoppe (50 S. Sierra Madre St., coloradohousechef.com) inside a small wing of the Old Train Depot (formerly Giuseppe's).
Brunet says that though he now serves breakfast from 9 to 11 and lunch from 11 to 2, the Shoppe isn't actually a restaurant, but more of a grab-and-go market, with limited seating outside. Items like Cajun shrimp and grits and breakfast burritos — cooked at Gotta Love It! Kitchen, Brunet's commissary — go for $5, as do po-boys at lunch. A New Orleans-style Muffaletta costs $6 and Louisiana gumbo or red beans and rice will run you $4.
Any item off The House Chef's larger menu can also be pre-ordered online and picked up at this new spot. Brunet plans to soon carry local gourmet speciality items from other purveyors as well, such as Denver's Pappardelle's Pasta.
Now serving ...
• Tony's (311 N. Tejon St., tonysdowntownbar.com) plans to add breakfast service as of Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 7 to 11 a.m. daily. The small menu will feature standards like steak and eggs, pancakes, omelettes and a green-chile-optional breakfast burrito. Owner Eel Anderson says the decision to try breakfast hours was "on a whim," and that he was "looking for that new oomph."
• Ahead of plans to launch bistro-style dinner service Thursdays through Saturdays around early April, Canyon Coffee & Café (1791 S. Eighth St., canyon-coffee.com) will host a series of three-course pop-up dinners. The dates: Friday, Feb. 1 ($28/two for $50), Feb. 14 ($38/two for $70), March 1 and March 15. All are at 6:30 p.m. and by RSVP (prices don't include tax/tip), and full menus for the first two may be viewed on the restaurant's website. Chef Jake Ainsworth says the dishes featured in the pop-up format won't necessarily be on the new menu, but they'll "show the style of what we're able to do."
• As promised late last year, Café Corto Coffee Gallery (115 E. Kiowa St., cafecorto.com) will add a special Colombian dinner service, which will start Saturday, Feb. 9. How it'll work: The eatery's full menu will be available, but each night of the week (except for Sundays) a single dinner plate, in the $9.50 to $13 range, will be available after 4 p.m. (See Corto's Facebook page for the menu calendar.) Co-owner Benjamin Gallegos-Pardo says to expect large plates, such as a pair of empanadas with rice, beans, jicama salad and fried plantains.
• Ramon Q's Cantina (1005 W. Colorado Ave., ramonqs.com) has expanded its menu to encompass nearly a dozen new items, including a breakfast quesadilla, huevos rancheros and chili rellenos. General manager Michael Giberti says the dessert offerings have also been totally revamped to include an "unbelievable" tres leches cake.