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July 2, 2015 Vol. 14 No. 32
Creekside Cuisine will fill void at Spa
Written by Rhonda Van Pelt   

Flying Pig Festival

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Top, Beekeeper Roy Amenic and Tracy Gonzalez of Waggle Dance candle company had a booth at the Flying Pig Festival, held Saturday at Flying Pig Farm on Keithley Road.

Above, Acclaimed local musician Grant Sabin performs during Saturday’s Flying Pig Festival.

Photos by Travis Lowell

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If you’ve been mourning every time you go past the Spa Building and see the empty space that once housed Adam’s Mountain Café, weep no more.

After about nine months of renovation and preparation, the owners of Creekside Cuisine & Craft Beer were ready to open its doors Thursday, July 2.

The restaurant, a Borriello Brothers offshoot, will serve sandwiches, salads, pastas, burgers and appetizers, according to executive chef David Terrell. The 14-year Crowne Plaza Hotel veteran was brought on to help renovate the space and develop a new, less pizza-centric menu for Borriello Brothers.

“They’re trying to do a pub concept, so we’re going to explore how that will fly here,” Terrell said.

As Tina Cowley, front-of-house manager, puts it: “We’ll range from an Irish pub to a Mexican cantina to anything in between.”

Terrell added that he’ll adjust the menu based on customer comments and seasonal availability.

“When you’re starting off, to some degree, it’s a shot in the dark. So you try to adapt it as best as possible, but you keep going to make it successful,” he said.

They’ll also be flexible about the hours, at least at first, Terrell said. They’ll start with lunch, dinner and frequent brunches, staying open later on weekends.

Borriello Brothers co-owner Bill Stein and Spa Building owner Chuck Murphy surveyed the site to plan repairs to the flood-damaged space. Murphy’s company, Murphy Constructors, handled the renovation.

“The patio retaining wall had to be redone, [and] the emergency chute gate underneath the stairway wall is brand-new, that’s to help channel that water back to the creek if it does come off the mountainside,” Terrell said. “So we just came in and did what we could to refresh the place.”

The restaurant will employ about 30 people, Cowley said.

The “craft beer” part of the name will be quenched with a selection including stout and pilsner, along with an IPA brewed for the restaurant by Red Leg Brewing Co. The potables menu also will expand to meet demand.

“I’m proud to be able to give Manitou Springs another place to call home. The staff is phenomenal for the short amount of time we’ve had to train them. I think it’s going to be a very close-knit family here,” said Cowley, a restaurant-business veteran.

Thursday’s soft opening was scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and last until they run out of food or customers.

Creekside Cuisine will seat 70 on its patio and 130 inside, which includes a 35-seat private banquet space. The walls will feature art curated by neighboring Darpino Gallery; works include Stephen G. Weaver photos and Lance Green paintings.

Watch for updates at creeksidecuisine.com. The restaurant’s phone number hadn’t been assigned as of Tuesday.