Visitors to Central City last weekend were greeted by a welcome sight, and it wasn't just the art created for the first Central City Plein Air Festival or the aspen glowing gold on the hillside. As art lovers headed up Eureka Street toward the Opera House garden on September 29 for the Quickest Draw display, more than a few were distracted by the tantalizing smell of smoked meat coming from inside the Teller House.
There, in a spot usually just open during opera season, JKQ BBQ had set up shop the day before. And now on weekends through the fall, it will be serving up barbecue both in the restaurant space and the legendary Face Bar.
That means the bar will be open, too, with almost-as-legendary Jeff Aiken pouring drinks; last weekend marked the 35th anniversary of his first bartending gig at the Teller House.
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The fare, already tested at JKQ's catering operations, includes pig wings (big, fat pork shanks on the bone), kielbasa (brined and then smoked for hours) and pulled pork, both in sandwiches and smothering a load of tater tots. And then there's the mac and cheese with green chile, an unbeatable side.
Kevin Taylor had been operating the restaurant as Rouge at the Teller House for the past several opera seasons, but that deal is reportedly up. Meanwhile, JKQ is offering a smokin' deal to Central City visitors who'd rather not eat their meal to the accompaniment of the kaching of slot machines.
Find out more on the JKQ Facebook page, or call 775-450-4847 to check on hours, which will vary throughout the fall.