Colorado Springs welcomes new bistro within the Black Forest | Arts and leisure

Deanna Johnson knows her way around a restaurant, especially the kitchen.

“I grew up in the restaurant business,” said Johnson, who was putting the finishing touches on the dining room of her new restaurant, Black Forest Bistro, 6750 Shoup Road, at the last minute. “My father owned French bistros in Sacramento, California when I was growing up. I learned everything from peeling potatoes to making starters. “

Unsurprisingly, Johnson made a name for herself as the owner of the award-winning Black Forest Chew-Chew gastrotruck, which hit the streets in March 2016. She and her crew were the champions of the Food Network’s “Food Truck Fan Fight” in 2018, one of many awards they received for the unique international street food from the mobile phone business.

With all of her success in the food truck, she bought the log cabin in Shoup last fall and began a major renovation. Although her attention is on the new branch of her business, the truck will keep rolling.

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“We pulled out some really ugly carpets and stained the concrete floor with shiny paint,” she said of the cabin that was built, “around 1949 or 1950. There have been several restaurants and bars over the years.”

She hosted a gentle opening on the last weekend in June. The menu is small and offers its international street food like pot stickers and ceviche, the chef’s special of slowly roasted Spanish lamb shanks, coq au vin ala Italian and of course their show stopper, Korean sticky street noodles with award-winning Bulgogi steak. The food is handmade and the menu changes frequently. Desserts and breads are made by the in-house pastry chef, Lauren Rhoadarmer.

The opening times are Thursday from 4pm to 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 9pm and Sunday from 10.30am to 8pm. The hours will increase. There is a terrace and a spacious parking lot to the side and back of the restaurant. Details: 459-7884,

Drink up

On the border, Mexican Grill & Cantina launched $ 5 Liberita on July 4th. The cocktail is layered, starting with strawberry puree, then with lime margarita and blue curacao. It will only be offered as a frozen drink to guests until July 19. Visit

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Rise and shine

Buttermilk – A breakfast restaurant, 13141 Bass Pro Drive, opened. You can find it next to the Boot Barn Hall. You can enjoy all breakfast classics with a southern touch, such as B. French toast with bread pudding. There are also salads, sandwiches, burgers, burritos, and tacos. Try the Mile-High Stack for $ 50. Polish a stack of 25 buttermilk pancakes, a bowl of smoked bourbon maple syrup, and a pitcher of orange juice yourself in under an hour and it’s free. Burp! The opening times are Monday to Thursday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details: 309-9840,

Street terraces

Dine out Downtown has added a second block on Tejon Street, allowing more restaurants to enjoy additional social-distant seating. In addition to the South Tejon Street block between Pikes Peak and Colorado Streets, the 200 block in North Tejon between Platte Avenue and Bijou Streets is closed to vehicle traffic on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit for a list of participating restaurants and their phone numbers. Reservation needed.

Food tours restarted

Rocky Mountain Food Tours offers the Original Colorado Springs Food Tour on Fridays and Saturdays from 2pm to 5pm. For $ 58.99, enjoy eight to ten tastings at five local restaurants, hole-in-the-wall, and craft stores in downtown Colorado Springs. Learn about the history of downtown Springs on a 1 mile walking tour. Visit for tickets.

Contact the author: 636-0271.

Contact the author: 636-0271.

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