Biz Buzz:
Steakhouse opens on Centennial

       A Texas T-Bone Steakhouse recently opened at 4659 Centennial Blvd.
       It's the third Colorado Springs restaurant in the chain owned by Dave and Mary Crimmins.
       Their goal is to serve the “highest quality steak at the most reasonable price” in a “fun family environment,” according to a flyer for the new store.
       Located in the shopping center that includes Marigold's just north of Garden of the Gods Road, the 8,500-square-foot space offers full-service dining as well as the “Texas T-Bone Express” - a part of the building that's set up for carry-out orders, either by phone or online.
       The busiiness is open daily for lunch and dinner.
       The Crimmins have been Westside residents (in the Cedar Heights subdivision) for 15 years. They have been in restaurants 33 years in all, opening their first Texas T-Bone (still in operation) 30 years ago in Grand Island, Neb.
       Their first Colorado Springs Texas T-Bone, on South Academy Boulevard, opened 20 years ago, after which they sold it as a franchise. But when the business went under four years ago, “we brought it back,” Dave Crimmins said. It was not an easy decision to make. He recalled thinking, “In this economic climate, do we dare open it?”
       Since then they have started the Texas T-Bone stores on North Academy and, 2½ months ago, on Centennial.
       Mary Crimmins will be one of the musicians performing at the Centennial location. A singer and piano player, she once toured with Liberace, she said, and more recently was a principal in School District 11.
       The restaurant phone is 260-2372; the website is texastbonesteakhouse.com.
      
       24-hour hamburgers
       The Dive is a new 24-hour restaurant specializing in hamburgers, chili and breakfast at 3043 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
       According to owner Dominick Scola, all the food is “fresh and homemade.”
       He decided to open on the Westside because “the area is beautiful, the people are friendly and it's a neigborhood location.”
       Although the restaurant address is shown as Pikes Peak Avenue, the business actually faces onto 31st Street, with driving access from that street and a parking lot there, too.
       “I grew up in the restaurant business,” Scola said. “My father had barbecue restaurants in Kansas City, Missouri, when I was about 5 or 6 years old. I was in charge of them by the time I was 16. I moved here in 2009 and opened seasonal outdoor produce markets on the east side [which are still in business].”
       A grand opening is planned in January.
       The Dive phone is 632-4332. The e-mail is thediveburgers@gmail.com.

Westside Pioneer/press release