Fond of Fonda
Wendy, meet Amanda.
Last Friday, our Indy readers' annual pick for Best Mexican eatery, Amanda's Fonda (3625 W. Colorado Ave., 227-1975), changed hands. Mark Burr sold the 13-year-old eatery to Rick Holland, a Springs-based entrepreneur who owns local Wendy's and Golden Corral franchises, in addition to three Cripple Creek and five northern Nevada casinos.
The good news for those worried about change, is that very little is expected. The entirety of the staff, including Mark's daughter Amanda, have stayed on through the sale. No menu changes are planned, though expansion along the Front Range is likely in the coming years. Oh — and the popular patio space may get some new heaters to expand its use in spring and fall.
Tom Reinhard, Holland's chief financial officer, says they've been longtime patrons of the restaurant and have admired its recipes, consistency and service. He adds they aim to "do the brand justice."
Burr says that he and his wife Amanda had thought of franchising, but he opted not to after she passed away in late 2005. In mid-2006, he closed the original Uintah Street location which opened in 1997. He says the west side spot has grown in volume annually.
According to the sale's broker, Ed Applegate, the property sold for $695,500; Burr was also paid an undisclosed amount for the business assets.
Regarding this sale, Burr says, "For me, it's just time to move to a different phase of my life. I miss having [Amanda] around — it's more difficult for me now ... but this allows our legacy to grow into more."
Paging Pegasus ...
Woodland Park received its first Mediterranean spot in early April, in the form of Pegasus Mediterranean Café (19251 E. U.S. Hwy. 24, pegasuscafewp.com). Owner Jamie Woodson and her partner Mariose Ghazali also run two Middle Eastern eateries in Des Moines, Iowa, but fell in love with Woodland Park while on vacation last July — so much so that they moved there by September.
Pegasus dishes all the expected Mediterranean staples, from falafel and shish kabob to gyros, shawarma and pita wraps, all with influence from chef Ghazali's Lebanese heritage. Woodson says his "amazing" tabouli, in particular, exemplifies his style.
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• The opening of Taste of Jerusalem Café's (15 E. Bijou St., tasteofjerusalemcafe.com) second location at 2810 S. Academy Blvd., #150 has been set for June 1. Catch free samples that whole day and buy-one-get-one specials for the whole month of June.
• Lulu's Frozen Yogurt (lulusyogurt.com), which we told you about in early April, is now open at 9475 Briar Village Point, #152.