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'Mother Muff's' - new owners writing fresh chapter for long-time restaurant/bar locale

Posing in front of the main bar with their beverages of choice are Mother Muff's owners (from left) Jill Kolman, Rob Hirt and Susan Hirt.
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       A menu that specializes in breakfast? No carriages hanging from the ceilings? That can't be Meadow Muffins!
       But how about a customized bloody mary with that breakfast? Or maybe some local-history photos on the walls? Now you've got Mother Muff's.
       Headed by new ownership - combining a neighborhood approach with the site's good-times tradition - the long-time restaurant/bar at 2432 W. Colorado Ave. reopened in early December.
       The new owners are Rob and Susan Hirt, who have had the full-service Hatch Cover restaurant in the Cheyenne/ Broadmoor area for 13 years, and Jill Kolman, who was the Hatch Cover's general manager.
       Susan took the lead in the Mother Muff's reboot. Meadow Muffins had closed in early September, in conjunction with the sale. While not completely neglected (the former owners had done restroom and floor renovations), the place was “pretty messy,” she said. “We spent the last three months cleaning.”
       Now, with the doors open at last, “we're excited to be in Old Colorado City,” Susan enthused. It didn't hurt on a recent Saturday morning to see the place filling up with customers, despite the lengthy recent closure and not yet having a permanent "Mother Muff's" sign on the building. “We think we're going to help it [OCC] by making this a destination,” she added. “We want to offer good food, good drinks and just be a neighborhood bar.”
       The name change ties in with that. “I wanted to play on the
The morning light illuminates the main room of Mother Muff's on a recent Saturday. Now that items are no longer hanging from the ceiling, the double-arched doorway leading from the room to the back area is more prominent.
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name,” Susan said. “When it was still Meadow Muffin's, all the Westsiders called it 'Muff's.' Your mother makes you breakfast. And I liked it that the name was still MM.”
       (She could have added that she herself is a mom. Rob and she have two kids around toddler age.)
       Breakfast items make up two-thirds of the menu, and they're served anytime, from the 8 a.m. opening to the 2 a.m. closing. Pizzas and hamburgers are also available, along with a few entrees. In addition, a baker is part of the cooking crew, whipping up pastries, bread and cookies. “It's no longer just fried food,” Susan pointed out. “And almost everything is made here.”
       Also new for Muff's drinkers and diners is table service - unlike the old days when getting a beverage or meal involved strolling up to the bar or the grill.
       As for the interior, almost all the former wall-and-ceiling curiosities had been sold even before the Hatch Cover team took over. Most dated back to 1979, when Meadow Muffins opened as part of a theme-chain
This mechanical contraption behind the rear bar of Mother Muff's is one of a few unusual relics inherited from the old Meadow Muffins. Turning a switch activates the clock and makes the gears move. Luckily for the bartenders, the propellor stays put.
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restaurant vision by two pilots who went around the country buying movie items at auctions and antique stores.
       Among the last collectables to go were two carriages that had hung from the ceiling. They were bought by the Gone with the Wind Museum in Texas, Susan said.
       As a result, the finished product is less cluttered, with the high ceilings providing a spacious feel. Susan especially likes the improved visibility for the ornamentally crafted, double-arched doorway between the main room and the hallway to the back area. One former Meadow Muffins denizen even asked Susan if the arches were new, she chuckled.
       Mother Muff's has retained some other conversation pieces. These include both wood bars (front and rear, with new cabinets behind the latter), the big fans over the front bar, the wood tables (sanded and recoated), an electric contraption over the back bar (which turns some gears and activates an antiquated clock) and several pieces of artwork. Among the latter is a painting that presumes to show famous Colorado City madam Laura Bell in the buff. But it's been moved from the main room to the back, as a nod to an expected increase in family-type customers, Susan explained.
       The business takes up the 10,000-square-foot first floor of the three-story Waycott Building at 25th and Colorado, a historic brick structure that dates back to about 1890. Prior uses have included an opera house, vaudeville theater and furniture store. The upper floors consist of residential and commercial loft space.
       The idea of displaying local-history photos arose from the new owners reaching out to the nearby Old Colorado City Library and Old Colorado City History Center. They are working with the center to provide prints from its collection, as was done for the Colorado Mountain Brewery when it opened in the historic Roundhouse building at 21st Street and Highway 24 two years ago.
       Mother Muff's is open daily, with 180 seats in all. Eventually, bands are to play in the back regularly on Fridays and Saturdays. A grand opening is planned Dec. 19 and 20.

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(Posted 12/11/14; Business: New)

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