Oskar Blues Fooderies, a multi concept restaurant group known for hand-crafted beer and Americana grub, is expanding to Colorado Springs with the opening of a new restaurant, music venue and taproom in the historic DeGraff Building.

The four-story masonry building was constructed in 1897, restored in 1982 and then served as home to Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom for 33 years. Located in the heart of Colorado Springs’ central business district, the building is one of the few remaining commercial buildings dating from the boom period following the Cripple Creek gold strike.

The $1.2 million renovation for the property will begin in February. Boulder architect Jim Bray is designing a venue with a vibrant edge that is respectful of the historic nature of the building. Plans include a multi-tap concept bar featuring as many as 43 rotating craft taps, including Oskar Blues and others.

The menu will focus on bringing the low country to the high country with an eclectic blend of creole, cajun and BBQ dishes. Think slow smoked meats, juicy burgers, grilled oysters and seafood.

In addition to tasty beer and good eats, a lower level entertainment grotto will feature two underground bocce courts, a singer-songwriter stage and a private party-friendly lounge. Outdoors, a back patio with a fire pit, ping pong, corn hole and chill area will provide a comfortable place to relax and socialize.

The Colorado Springs space, located at 118 N. Tejon Street DeGraff Building, will open summer 2017 and hours are 11 am to 12 am Monday through Friday, with brunch beginning a bit earlier each weekend.