Bistro Colorado features field-to-table cuisine

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

The owner of Bistro Colorado is confident the restaurant is here to stay, believing that the fourth time is the charm for the location in North Evergreen.

The French bistro-style café on Bergen Parkway next to the Wood Cellar Bar and Grill opened earlier this month. Three restaurants have come and gone in that spot: Blue Spruce Market, Overseas Café and Suzie’s Café.

“For us, the restaurant experience is about community and great food and fantastic service and just the culture of what we can provide,” owner and executive chef Travis Smith said. “We feel like if we do what we’re setting out to do — meeting customer expectations or exceeding them. People will tell other people about us, and we think they will keep coming back and bring others with them who want to have a great experience.”

Smith says his restaurant specializes in field-to-table cuisine that is healthy and delicious.

The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch during the week, and for brunch on weekends. It is closed Mondays.

The menu will change each season depending upon the meats, vegetables and fruit Smith can obtain locally. This fall, for example, the lunch menu includes roasted pumpkin soup with spiced cream, spinach-cheese crepes with cheese sauce, chicken breast with chèvre butter, cranberry chutney and baked yams, and braised lamb with arugula, chèvre and truffle mashed potatoes.

The breakfast menu includes brioche French toast with maple syrup and spiced butter, an omelet with smoked rainbow trout, hollandaise and fresh chopped chervil, and a duck confit hash and poached eggs with mustard cream sauce.

Smith says the restaurant is available for parties, and he also caters.

He hopes to have a liquor license by February, and if all works out, he wants to add dinner hours.

Smith’s managing partner, Charles Anderson, runs the front of the restaurant. They met when both were teaching at the Art Institute of Colorado. Smith says the restaurant wouldn’t be possible without Anderson, who trains the wait staff.

Bistro Colorado is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. While reservations aren’t necessary, the restaurant takes them at 303-670-3299. To see a menu and more information on the restaurant, visit www.bistrocolorado.com.

Music store to open in Evergreen

Evergreen once again will have a music store.

Rocky Mountain Music Exchange, which will sell sound systems, drums, guitars and music accessories, plus repair guitars, will open at the beginning of November in Canyon Commons next to the Dollar Store. The store even has a small recording studio.

Owner Bill Davis has lived in the Evergreen area on and off for years, and he decided to open this store to bring his commute to work down to five minutes.

“I’ve operated music stores for a long time,” Davis said. “Now I want to work close to home.”

He’s hoping to provide a small hometown music store that caters to people living in the mountains.

Davis has a collection of hats for sale, also, and he promises that every nook and cranny of the store will be filled with hats.

“Musical people like wearing hats when they perform,” Davis said.

The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Sushi Win locates in Elk Bridge Center

Burma native Hla Win has taken the second step as a U.S. citizen by opening his own restaurant, Sushi Win.

Win, who has been known for his sushi creations at the El Rancho Walmart since 2007, continues to make sushi there, too.

The restaurant is on the second floor of the Elk Bridge Center in North Evergreen by the Buchanan Park Rec Center. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Its menu includes soups, salads, sashimi, nigiri and other rolls.

Win is a former freedom fighter in the jungles of Burma. The brutal military takeover in 1988 and resulting political repression drove Win into the streets to demonstrate. Not wanting to wind up in prison, Win escaped to the countryside, where he fought against the regime, and eventually he headed for Bangkok, Thailand, and the United Nations Refugee Agency, which helped him enter the United States.

Win is excited about his new restaurant venture and is thankful for the support he is getting from customers and friends.

“Everything is very good for me,” Win said. “This is our dream.”

Sport Clips to open Nov. 9

Bergen Park is getting a Sport Clips men’s haircut shop.

The shop, which will open Nov. 9, is all about sports, from the 42-inch television screens at every hair station to hairstylists called team members and shampoo bowls called “the showers.

Sport Clips is different from traditional hair salons because it provides only haircuts — no perms, no hair color and no curling irons, said David Weseman, who owns the shop with his wife, Becky.

“Everything that we do is geared toward giving a guy a good experience,” David said. “If a guy doesn’t want to talk a lot (with the stylist), he can watch the Broncos or whatever game is on.”

While the couple have worked in 2002 as store developers with the company, this is the first store they will own. They also are opening shops in Lafayette and Commerce City.

The shop in the Marketplace at Bergen Park will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The first week the shop is open, David is planning sports guests from a Denver sports talk radio station and from professional teams.

For more information, call 303-679-3338.

Have tips about businesses in Evergreen? Contact Evergreen resident Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com.