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Renovation, 'completely new' restaurant concept greet customers at 503W

Photographed at the July 19 Westside Neighbors Picnic, Nina Lee, an ownership partner with 503W, displays the Spirit Award the business had just been presented by the Organization of Westside Neighbors.
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       The former Dutch Mill Tavern took on a new look and feel earlier this year with a new name based on its address of 503 W. Colorado Ave.
       The restaurant/art gallery/bar is now called 503W (pronounced “five-oh-three-west”). The ownership group consists of Mi Lee, who had owned the Dutch Mill for 18 years, along with new partners and general managers Nina Lee (her daughter) and Rollie Ortiz.
       Cumulatively, they bring a total of 47 years of restaurant experience, according to Nina.
       “We thought that creating a completely new concept would only enhance the neighborhood, and it has,” she explained in an e-mail. “It has already brought in so many new faces to and from the area.”
       The business is open daily for lunch and dinner. The cuisine specializes in “uniquely handcrafted food and drinks, using fresh, natural and local ingredients,” states the website (503w.co).
       The renovation work needed for the new concept won 503W a Spirit Award from the Organization of Westside Neighbors.
       “Changing from the Dutch Mill Tavern to 503W took about seven months of non- stop work,” Nina said. “I wanted to take elements from what I have experienced in Fort Collins and Honolulu, Hawaii - making it more modern and urban but still highlighting the industrial, historical elements.”
       The interior displays a number of paintings by local artists. In that theme, the business is an official member of the Old Colorado City First Friday ArtWalk, a monthly self-guided tour of shops/galleries which runs from April to December each year.
       503W also offers live music Friday and Saturday nights and live trivia on Monday nights, along with various food and drink specials.
       For more information, call 471-3370 or e-mail info@503w.co.

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(Posted 8/4/14; Business: New)

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