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Old 12-09-2018, 12:25 PM
 
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Ample parking and a nice redo of the exterior., great..more improvement like the Lincoln Center and Univ Plaza...Yay.
I was told by a cashier at K-mart the Hilton was going to build a hotel...of course, things change daily in biz.
About 100 feet from the Big Train, that is in the K-Mart parking Lot, is a new Calcatrate serving pub/Restaurant...I always forget the name, it isn't exactly 'catchy'.
PS If you haven't tried Monica's Mex....and you don't mind styrofoam...they have some great food,
best tortilla's in town...great salsa...they have won awards.
And of course, The Hogan!

Funny how a broken up parking lot can make the entire corner look so run down.....maybe
they will put some new black top!

Someone shot someone last year there, outside K mart...but that can happen anywhere a psycho goes.
Also, the convenience stores can get hit...but again that is wherever a little store is.

But in defense of it not being exactly the best part of town...there are 2 XXX Adult shops right there...gives a bad impression...a Jiffy Lube...and those Industrial buildings right behind K Mart....some trailer parks and a storage business.

If a person is used to strictly nice residential and nice restaurants ....it's does make the area look run down.

BUT! It's on the upswing....great. A new concept for here, finally.
The Comedy club serving drinks and food sitting at tables is close.
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Old 12-09-2018, 01:33 PM
 
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Ample parking and a nice redo of the exterior., great..more improvement like the Lincoln Center and Univ Plaza...Yay.
I was told by a cashier at K-mart the Hilton was going to build a hotel...of course, things change daily in biz.
About 100 feet from the Big Train, that is in the K-Mart parking Lot, is a new Calcatrate serving pub/Restaurant...I always forget the name, it isn't exactly 'catchy'.
PS If you haven't tried Monica's Mex....and you don't mind styrofoam...they have some great food,
best tortilla's in town...great salsa...they have won awards.
And of course, The Hogan!

Funny how a broken up parking lot can make the entire corner look so run down.....maybe
they will put some new black top!

Someone shot someone last year there, outside K mart...but that can happen anywhere a psycho goes.
Also, the convenience stores can get hit...but again that is wherever a little store is.

But in defense of it not being exactly the best part of town...there are 2 XXX Adult shops right there...gives a bad impression...a Jiffy Lube...and those Industrial buildings right behind K Mart....some trailer parks and a storage business.

If a person is used to strictly nice residential and nice restaurants ....it's does make the area look run down.

BUT! It's on the upswing....great. A new concept for here, finally.
The Comedy club serving drinks and food sitting at tables is close.
Thank you.

Is the Roman Villa restaurant still near that corner....a real place, the original owner came over on the boat after WW-2.... went there a number of times....
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Old 12-09-2018, 03:02 PM
 
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Yes. Roman Villa is still there.
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Old 12-09-2018, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Tap Traders is also there.

Tap Traders – Good Times Flow

It was the building previously used as the headquarters of Alexander films:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Film_Company

They do have a classic film projector on site and they serve about 30 brews. It's a great place to meet friends and enjoy a brewsky.
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Old 12-09-2018, 09:33 PM
 
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Well, sort of. Tap Traders is in the Alexander Film Offices. The Alexander Co headquarters was actually located in front of the building that now houses Tap Traders.

In the attached picture, Alexander Headquarters is the red roofed building at the foreground that was tore down in the '60s. Film offices is right behind this building and still standing and the quonset huts were the studios which were eventually taken over by KKTV until a few years ago. Alexander Aircraft was in the buildings to the right and out of frame. These buildings still exist and house numerous businesses now.

A very cool aspect of Tap Traders is that they do show early Alexander films on their tv system and have numerous memorabilia displays from its movie days.
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Dine-in movie theater coming to Colorado Springs-alexander.jpg  

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Old 12-09-2018, 09:53 PM
 
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I agree this area is not the most upscale to be found in our city. It is not far to some pretty upscale neighborhoods, but it is surrounded by a lot of commercial real estate and a quite few working class to middle class neighborhoods. But in all honesty, a movie theater isn't exactly high brow entertainment that needs to be near the highest earning zip codes. Its mass media.

IMO, this is a great location for it for the simple fact that it offsets the barbell growth of first run cinemas on the far north and far south sides of the city. Like many businesses, movie houses have run from the city center. Kimball's is nice, but it took a large theater and cut it into several small ones. Its great for foreign and art films or 1st run releases after they have rolled through the primary earning venues because they lack the revenue potential to negotiate with the large distributors. The Dollar theaters near the Citadel are nothing but filler for the large number of screens that used to populate the area. RHC takes the Kimball's concept a step further by making it larger, adding more variety, and including first runs. They also advertise special and classic cinemas, so I anticipate you will see things like Star Wars marathons, Hunger Games marathons, or any other series that they could book a large number of films to run back to back. Add to this a large game room area with interactive video and bowling and you have a major facility that will attract its primary audience form every place south of Woodman to north of the MLK bypass and Academy Blvd to Green Mtn Falls.

Also, the Hilton part of it is slated to be in the northeast part of the parking lot, displacing the Big Train restaurant. Big Train has said they do not intend to fully close but simply relocate someplace yet to be determined. While someone earlier mentioned weekly rental motels are pretty low brow and attract marginally indigent people. While this may be true of the few remaining motels on this strip, I somehow think that isn't the intent of a Hilton based franchise, even if it is as lowly as a Homesuites style of place. Obviously there is enough hotel space demand that COS is adding more rooms throughout the city.

RE Roman Villa...Mama Lina finally retired a couple years ago and turned over operation to her daughter and grand daughter.
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:38 AM
 
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Tap Traders that's the name, thanks. Big Train moving, oh. The owners, the hubby, an architect, great guy did some work around my place couple times 2001....they inherited it...IF they are even still owners...time flies.

PS...north of Fillmore on the west side of Nevada...it appears as if homeless hang out, phet....but, what we see are
residents of the Comcor, Inc Residential facility ..the unattracive motels there, getting their lives together.
3808 N. Nevada.

I gave one guy a ride there...he was cold, hanging out at K-Mart, not loitering, not panhandling...he talked
with me a bit about it.


PPS...I will try Roman Villa again...problem: Too popular ! Hard to get inside!
Any ideas when is a good time to go? And the best things to order on the menu?
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Old 12-10-2018, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Comcor occupies not only numerous old motels along Nevada that they have converted to housing, but also several other buildings from right near the ONEN neighborhood to up by the Birdsall Power Plant. These buildings that were not motels contain their offices, counseling centers, career centers, etc. Comcor has said they are willing to relocate if they can find a suitable location to consolidate their operations.

Roman Villa is good. I wouldn't call it great, but its one of those old school neighborhood cafes that has certainly survived the times. Yes, its small and hard to get into, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. Other evenings are a bit easier to get in and you need to time it to shortly after they open and the initial rush has come in. Roman Villa Chicken is good, but a bit oily. Tortellaci dishes are also good. Anti-pasto is nice too. My kids like the pizza, but they aren't exactly discriminating eaters when it comes to pizza.

Throwback memory, there used to be a hotly contested local opinion on whether Roma Villa, 3 Thieves, Luigi's, or Swiss Chalet had the best Italian salad dressing. These were all mainstays in the city from the 60s to the 80s. Swiss Chalet took the step to bottle and market their dressing as Little Chalet and become pretty well known regionally. 3 Thieves and Swiss Chalet eventually went out of business leaving Luigis and Roman Villa. Although a few years back Patsy's resurrected the Little Chalet creamy Italian Dressing and it can now be found at their outlets.

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Old 12-10-2018, 11:07 AM
 
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IIRC the Roman Villa is only open for dinner, opening at 5PM sharp, so we always lined up early to be among the first in the door. Lots of tables for four, and IIRC 1-liter carafes of wine.
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Old 12-10-2018, 11:47 AM
 
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