Roundhouse brewpub to open Sept. 7

       The Colorado Mountain Brewery in the Roundhouse commercial center will begin everyday service to the general public Friday, Sept. 7, co-owner Scott Koons said this week.

With a photo/mural of the early Roundhouse on the wall behind him, Colorado Mountain Brewery co-owner Scott Koons stands in a dining area of the new restaurant. At upper left is part of the mezzanine, with an original, vertical wood beam in view. At far right is part of a window fashioned from a garage opening like one of those in the photo.
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       Open for lunch and dinner and set up to make its own microbrews, the restaurant - also known as a brewpub - will have capacity for more than 400 people, including an outside patio with a fireplace.
       Restored three years ago, the 30,000-square-foot historic building is at 21st Street and Highway 24. CMB is the center's last tenant, taking up the northern 8,500 square feet of space.
       Being posted on the brewpub's interior walls this week were 18 photos, recalling the days from 1887 to 1949 when the Roundhouse was the repair facility for the Midland railroad. They were processed and printed by photographer/OCCHS volunteer Don Kallaus. By far the largest is a four-panel, 12-by-8-foot mural showing the Roundhouse with Midland engines inside the large curved or square-topped garage openings (which are now covered with glass for windows and/or doors).
       The historic photo project "started when the brewpub contacted us [the OCCHS] regarding the use of the 1930s Midland Roundhouse photo in our collection, Kallaus said. "I also shared with them [CMB] a number of other railroad images (mostly Midland) that would further their theme."
       Koons also recently received another railroad-themed gift: a bell from a train that had crashed in 1902 (he didn't know where). It was donated by the Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation, he said.
       In another historical nod, the restaurant's interior renovation, which started last spring, left exposed the wooden support beams from the original Roundhouse construction.
       CMB is open to a general clientele, as well as to small groups, which can reserve a semi-partitioned room.
       The restaurant has a mezzanine, three fireplaces in all (one of them visible from two sides), distinct areas for diners and drinkers and large beer-brewing tanks that are visible behind a glassed-in area. In addition to CMB's creations, other popular microbrews will be available on tap, according to brewmaster Andy Bradley.
       Koons had hoped to open by late June, but said that a variety of factors - including some wall-waterproofing materials that fell off a subcontractor's truck - contributed to the delay.
       This is the second CMB in Colorado Springs. The first CMB brewpub started in northern Colorado Springs two years ago.
       Koons is a Colorado Springs native and Air Force Academy graduate.
       He expects the business to employ more than 50 people.

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