Heidi Rice
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April 26, 2014
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A fresh new steakhouse for Rifle

RIFLE — Food, drinks, dancing and a whole lot of fun is what the new Farm Fresh Cafe & Steakhouse is promising when it opens its doors next month.

The new steakhouse and full service bar is located off Railroad Avenue next to the existing Farm Fresh Cafe on one side of the building and the Family Dollar Store in the building next door.

The steakhouse will have seating for nearly 200 people, a 27-foot wraparound bar, seven 65-inch big screen televisions, a staging area for live bands, DJ’s, karaoke and a large dance floor.

“When I first took this place over, I was looking at what was available around town,” said Lou Rotella, who has been the manager since last November. “We needed a place that was more high-end, and oriented to adults as well as families.”

The Farm Fresh Cafe is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day for breakfast and lunch and features a breakfast menu with items such as huevos rancheros, farm breakfast, the Rancher’s Feast, biscuits & country gravy, breakfast burritos and omelets.

Lunch includes the Rifle burger, BBQ chicken, deli sandwiches, Farm Fresh fajitas and a salad bar.

The new steakhouse hours will run from 4 p.m. to close, seven days a week and a menu that includes appetizers such as wings, potato skins, onion rings and nachos. Entrees include baby back ribs, rotisserie chicken, sirloin, New York strip and ribeye steaks, grilled salmon filet, Parmesan chicken and spaghetti and Italian sausage. All the beef is CAB (Certified Angus Beef). Desserts offered run from cheese cake and cinnamon rolls to Mexican sweetbread with strawberry cream.

“All of our food is farm fresh,” Rotella said. “We have a ranch between the airport and Silt with our own slaughterhouse and an organic greenhouse. The meat and veggies we produce is sold to most of the 5-star resort restaurants around here, who sell it at 5-star prices. We sell it here at 3- to 4-star prices.”

The restaurant will serve until 9 p.m., and then the music and dancing will take place until closing.

What used to be Fred’s Hardware on the far left side of the building, will be turned into a banquet hall for weddings, reunions and parties.

“A lot of people have wanted to rent it out,” Rotella said. “We’ll probably start doing that in July.”

The Farm Fresh Cafe & Steakhouse falls under the ownership of Eagle Springs Organic, LLC.

The steakhouse plans to open the first or second week of May and is currently seeking experienced bartenders, waiters and waitresses. For more information, call 625-2384 or visit www.eaglesprings.com.

To make reservations for the banquet hall, call Rotella or Ann Dee Snode at 625-5187.


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