Lydia Martinez, owner of Vallejo’s Mexican Restaurant, 111 S. Corona St., will fry up her last chiles rellenos and hang up her apron on Friday.
Although she initially wanted to sell the establishment and retire, she decided to continue. At 87, she still loved coming to cook and wanted to keep the place open until last March 17 for the family restaurant’s 60th anniversary celebration. With that goal accomplished, she concluded it was time to retire and prepare to travel to visit her family in Mexico.
“It didn’t make business sense for the restaurant to stay open. We will put the building back on the market later,” said Phil Vallejo, Martinez’s son.
“She didn’t get an offer for the price she wanted for the property and decided to wait until the apartments that were being built around us were finished and see if there was any interest then.”
We stopped by to enjoy one of her last Friday specials: a plate of chili rellenos smothered in spicy green chiles. It was as good as ever, plus we got a chance to hear more about her plans.
“I have a lot to do around my house,” she said. “Renovate a bathroom and add a little addition. Then I’ll be ready for my trip to Mexico.
A train wreck is coming
Mitch Yellen, CEO and founder of Altitude Hospitality Group, has a grand opening for the newest addition to his restaurant collection: Trainwreck Colorado, a sports bar at 812 S. Sierra Madre St., with a grand opening from 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 00 hours. in the morning (21 and over after 22:00) Sept. 10
Yellen’s other locations include Garden of the Gods Market & Café, Garden of the Gods Catering and Events, Till Kitchen, The Pinery at the Hill, Vine & Wheel and The Pinery North.
The sports bar will have 30% off food and drink during the launch event, plus you’ll be able to enjoy the huge range of entertainment on offer in the spacious former car delivery business. Trainwreck has a stadium-sized TV on the main level, where there is a large bar in the center of the room and a cluster of golf simulators in the basement.
Outside, the front and back yards will feature sand volleyball, bocce ball, yard games and a nine-hole putting green. Of course, there will be music and food to enjoy.
Evan Wagstaff is the executive chef, who with his 10-person kitchen team prepares a menu of “elevated dishes using local ingredients,” Wagstaff said.
The menu includes chicken wings, dips, mac and cheese, sliders, salads, pizza, sandwiches, burgers, tacos, BBQ ribs, steaks and fish and chips. The Trainwreck Twinkie ($15) caught our eye with shrimp and bacon mixed with cream cheese and stuffed with jalapeños, then wrapped in a wonton wrapper and deep fried, served with a side of green chili.
Crash hours are 11am to midnight on Sunday, 4pm to midnight Monday to Thursday, 4pm to 2am on Friday and 11am to 2am on Saturday. Visit trainwreckco.com.
The Prospect Lake concession stand offers gourmet hot dogs and more
Winery Harvest Festival
Harvest Fest at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey kicks off with a wine dinner at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park’s Cafe 1230 September 23 at 6pm
For $150 per guest, you get a progressive nine-course gourmet food and wine tour at tasting stations where diners can enjoy the selections. There is a free shuttle to the park from Canon City and back. Call 877-422-9463 or email [email protected] for tickets.
The Harvest Festival runs from 10am to 6pm on September 24th and from 10am to 5pm on September 25th on the grounds of the winery at 3011 E. Colorado 50. The festival is free to the public with plenty of parking and includes wine, live music, food, chili roast, fresh-picked produce and arts and crafts vendors.
Wine connoisseurs can sample limited quantities of the Riesling at Harvest Fest along with other wines produced at the winery. The tasting room offers more than just wine for sale. You will find bedding from Provence; ceramics from Spain, Tunisia, Portugal and France; and a huge selection of food, wine and travel books. Pets are not allowed. Details: 719-276-5191, abbeywinery.com.
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Progressive dessert tasting
Popsicle Promenade Dessert Tasting is Friday with summer-themed confections from 13 participating downtown restaurants and galleries, 5 to 8 p.m. Popsicle Passports are $10. Visit downtowncs.com/popsicle.
Contact the writer: 636-0271.