Openings and Closings

Solar Grill has a sunny outlook -- rain or shine

The sun never made an appearance when Brett Morris was manning his Solar Grill yesterday -- but fortunately, the former hot-dog cart, which has been converted to almost-all solar power, still uses propane for its grill.

So Morris, who'd had trouble finding a job and finally decided to take matters into his own hands by buying a food cart, was still able to cook up his Jalapeno Cheddar and Black and Blu burgers, as well as hand out a couple of one-buck hot dogs to neighborhood kids who flocked to this corner by Denver Health.

Although the fellow who retrofitted the cart to use solar energy -- and held down this spot at 7th and Bannock for two years -- only served hot dogs, Morris has expanded the menu to include his "famous" burgers. And how did they become famous? Whenever he cooked for friends, they raved about them -- and that was enough to inspire this new enterprise.

Although Morris's fare isn't as trendy as what's being cooked up in other gourmet trucks and carts now cruising town, his burgers are good, solid fare with a few twists. (And the quarter-pound Campfire version, at just $2.50, is a real deal.) As Morris promises, "Green heat makes supreme cuisine."

Morris, who just fired up the Solar Grill on Tuesday, plans to keep the following hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday -- prime-time emergency room hours when a burger could come in handy. And on the weekend, he also sets up shop outside the Sports Authority at 10th and Broadway.

If you call ahead -- 720-663-7477 -- Morris promises to have your order ready on the grill. Sunny or not.

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