As they looked into buying a Cold Stone Creamery, Denise and Richard Hauf quickly ran into a problem: "We're kind of the anti-franchise," says Richard. Wanting more local impact, the two went independent and are tentatively scheduled to open Pikes Peak Ice Cream and Gelato (481 U.S. Hwy. 105, Monument, 219-5790) in late October.
All featured products will be made fresh and with local or authentic ingredients, says Richard. Gelato ingredients are straight from Italy, and ice cream will include milk from two Colorado dairies, and fruit from local farmers. Also to be offered is a full line of coffees by Black Forest roaster R&R Coffee Café (rnrcoffeecafe.com).
Richard says they've received inquiries from neighborhood restaurants and plan to sell ice cream and gelato in five thus far.
Beer is born
If there's one thing Colorado Springs could use more of — especially after the springtime demise of Arctic Craft Brewery — it's microbrewed beer, and Scott Koons knows it. Koons is the head of an investment group of Air Force Academy grads opening Colorado Mountain Brewery (cmbrew.com).
"We originally were approached about residential development in Manitou Springs," says Koons. "But when the chance to do this came up, we thought, 'That sounds like a neat idea.'"
Located near Hollywood Theater at Interquest and I-25 and tentatively scheduled to open in May 2010, CMB will offer a bevy of brews to peruse. While a brewer has been chosen, Koons is withholding his name for now. He does, however, divulge there'll be six types of beer available year-round, with two to three more in seasonal rotation. Also served will be traditional bar fare.
Koons compares it to Rock Bottom Brewery, with a distinctly Colorado Springs twist: "There will be some, not inside jokes, but things people will recognize that say, 'We're from here, and we know the community.'"
More to muck-about in
Having mastered Eggs Benedict — slaying diners with its rich, buttery texture — Mucky Duck Restaurant and Catering (10530 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, 684-2008) has moved in a southwesterly direction, toward mastery of a different sort.
According to owner Kathy Wilson, this past weekend brought the debut of an outdoor dining terrace on Mucky Duck's rooftop, which will stay open until the snow comes. With a full bar to complement the fare, rooftop barbecues will serve up dishes like barbecued salmon, shrimp, lamb, steak burgers and jumbo baked potatoes. Topside heaters and a Southwestern motif will help battle the encroaching chill.