Oskar Blues Fooderies' new Colorado Springs location is poised for a "soft opening" at 4 p.m. Sunday, dinner service Monday and a plan to start regular business hours Tuesday. A grand opening party with live music, drink and food specials is Oct. 21.
The new concept eatery occupies about 15,000 square feet on two levels in the DeGraff building, 118 N. Tejon St., home for nearly three decades to Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, which moved out in July 2016.
Expansion and construction on the signature brewpub began earlier this year. A projected opening date of early June was postponed, due to construction delays.
Work included the creation of a lower level "entertainment grotto," underground bocce courts, a stage and private party lounge. A fire pit and game area were added to the outdoor back patio.
"We are looking forward to showing off this piece of Colorado Springs history dating back to the gold rush of the late 1800s," said chef and Oskar Blues Fooderies partner Jason Rogers, in a statement on the company's website. "I can't wait to sip a barrel (of) aged beer, eat smoked meats and kick back in the grotto."
The restaurant's southern-inspired menu will feature locally-sourced meats and specialties from chef Eric Bowen, plus taps pouring 48 American craft beers, including a limited number of house-brewed highlights.
"A really important part of the whole Oskar Blues mission is to be Colorado Springs-centric," said Jon Eddy, whose company is handling local marketing for Oskar Blues. "It's a Colorado-based restaurant, the staff is local; only about a dozen of those 48 taps are Oskar Blues beers. There will be Colorado Springs beers on tap there, as well. This is a restaurant that's coming in to be part of a community."
The Longmont-based brewery, founded by Dale Katechis in 1997, is credited with kicking off the craft-beer-in-cans trend and is the second largest craft brewery in Colorado and No. 10 nationwide.
A grand opening party, 4 p.m. Oct. 21, features Colorado Springs band Mark's Midnight Carnival Show, and will help raise money for Care and Share Food bank for Southern Colorado.
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