Is it a new era for an old staple? Well, sort of. The Mucky Duck Restaurant (10530 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, 684-2008), regarded for its eggs Benedict plates and game-meat dinners, went under new ownership as of the first of October. Incoming 35-year-old co-owner Daniel Dwyer, a GMF resident and loyal diner, purchased the business with his wife and another local couple.
He says he plans to maintain the current menu for the time being; he's bought into a successful restaurant model, so why make change? But that's not to say that the new partners won't incorporate a few new ideas and plates down the road, he says.
Dwyer, a former environmental engineer, was looking for something "more exciting and fulfilling." He's worked in restaurants in his past and notes that all the partners bring some culinary experience as cooks in their own homes. He says he'd been in friendly communication with the former owners for several years, essentially saying, "If you ever decide to sell, we're here."
When you're confident that everything you make tastes delicious, why not just name your restaurant Delicious? That's basically the thought process that led partners Hector Aguirre, Abraham Gomez and Abad Glass to call their two-week-old eatery at 1721 S. Nevada Ave., Delicious Restaurant Mexican and American Food (641-1549), according to Aguirre.
If that address seems familiar, that's because Rudy's Little Hideaway moved from the spot four months ago. But if we've learned anything about this town, it's that where one green chili spot vacates, another will surely arise to take its place.
Aguirre says the partners cook daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; he brings 10 years restaurant experience, including nearly four years at IHOP. As for those delicious items, look for everything from pancakes to huevos rancheros and chilaquiles.
Wines of the hour
• Le Bistro (1015 W. Colorado Ave., lebistrocs.com) has brought back its Paris Bistro Prix Fixe dinner menu, three courses for $23 per person, available nightly. Also catch a three-course Beaujolais Nouveau celebration menu for $35 per person this Thursday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Nov. 21, which includes a carafe of the just-released French wine for two.
• This year's batch of light, fruity Wild Cañon Harvest Wine ($12 a bottle) was released by The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey (3011 E. U.S. Hwy. 50, Cañon City, abbeywinery.com) on Wednesday. Production has doubled to 2,100 cases this year thanks to local grower interest. The previous four years' batches have collectively netted silver and gold medals as well as "Best of Class" awards at international competitions.