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C.B. and Potts Restaurant and Taproom invited some people to a pre-opening this weekend to help prepare staff and generate a little buzz (no pun intended) around the opening of their new location at 261 Jaycee Case Place in Colorado Springs. That’s next door to Bass Pro Shop and Bourbon Brothers. They’re open for real as of today. 

C.B. and Potts started in Fort Collins in 1974 as a Deluxe Tavern. They now have 7 locations in Colorado and in 1996 they started brewing their own craft beers. 

C.B. and Potts is family oriented, casual dining as well as a first class craft brewer, with over 100 medals from institutions including the NABA and GABF. 

For more information visit www.cbpotts.com. They’re open daily from 11am to midnight. You can also contact them at 719-481-9034. 

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Oakwood Homes Founder and CEO Pat Hamill announced today that the company has acquired the assets of Henry Walker Homes for continued expansion in the Utah market.

Henry Walker Homes was seeking a new capital partner with a similar organizational culture. Oakwood Homes, Colorado's largest private homebuilder, purchased Henry Walker Homes for upwards of $75 million. Värde Partners and Mountain Real Estate Capital provided the capital for this transaction. Oakwood Homes and Henry Walker Homes began discussions in September 2013 and completed the transaction on April 23, 2014. 

Henry Walker Homes currently operates in Northern Colorado and Northern and Southern Utah. Oakwood Homes currently operates in the Colorado Front Range, including the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs; Omaha, Nebraska; and Northern Utah. This acquisition will mark the expansion of Oakwood Homes into Northern Utah, including Salt Lake City. Henry Walker Homes' operations in Southern Utah and Colorado will resume under a different name. 

"When presented with the opportunity to acquire Henry Walker Homes, we were immediately intrigued," Hamill said. "We were expanding into Salt Lake City, and Henry Walker is already established in Utah with a solid reputation in the area. This opportunity allows us to leverage our strong capital foundation and our efficient building practices towards our vision of being the best homebuilder in America. 

"We are pleased to have partnered with Värde Partners and Mountain Real Estate Capital to successfully complete this transaction. They shared our vision in capitalizing on this opportunity that will significantly expand our presence in the growing Salt Lake City metro region."

The operations in Utah will take place systemically over the next year. John Stubbs, the current President of Henry Walker Homes, will become President of Oakwood's Utah Division. Mike Stewart will lead the integration team. Over the next year, Jason Chisholm will be Vice President of Operations, and James Doolin will be Vice President of Land Acquisition. Stubbs will partner with the integration team to ensure that the process and systems are successfully integrated over the next year.

"The talent of the Utah team is unmatched," Stubbs said.  "The team's total experience in the Utah market spans decades, and Utah homebuyers can trust they will be buying top-quality homes from a company who is dedicated to the growth of the community." 

Oakwood Homes closed 436 homes in 2013, and with this acquisition, have set a goal to close well over 1,100 homes in 2014. If Oakwood achieves the 2014 goal, it would make the company the 33rd largest homebuilder in the country and third largest in the entire Midwest.  

Currently, Oakwood Homes employs 151 people, and Henry Walker Homes has 78 employees.  The majority of associates are expected to remain in their current roles.

JMP Securities served as exclusive financial adviser to Henry Walker Homes in connection with the transaction.

About Oakwood Homes

Oakwood Homes is Colorado's largest privately held hometown builder and is dedicated to providing the best new-home value in the marketplace. The company has been serving Colorado communities for over 20 years, surpassing 10,000 satisfied households to date, and recently expanded into Omaha, Nebraska with plans for further expansion. Oakwood Homes has been recognized for its quality work and was named Top Company 2013 by Colorado Biz Magazine. 

About Mountain Real Estate Capital

Since 1993, Mountain Real Estate Capital has been a leading private equity source for real estate developers and builders. Since 2010, Mountain and its partners have acquired more than 42,000 lots/homes deploying over $750 million in equity investment with 19 best-in-class developers and builders in 20 states.

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By Ed Duffy

Sarges’ Grill in Fountain, Colorado, is of course, open to everyone, but the two active duty partners, David Parker and Glenn McDowell, would like to make it absolutely clear, “We’re military”. This is a place for soldiers, past and present to come with the family, have a great meal and a good time. 

Dave Parker first joined the military in 1985. He returned to civilian life in 1993. He was tending bar in Louisiana when a bar owner offered him an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. He said he wanted to sell his place cheap. Dave called his bluff and about $400 later, he was the owner of the Lakeside in Lake Arthur. He owned and operated the bar for a couple of years before selling it and reenlisting in the Army, shortly after 9/11. 

He was driven by love of country to go back in, but he was also now bitten by the entrepreneur bug. Even while serving in Afghanistan, his mind was also on business. He thought about the bar, restaurants, deli’s, things he liked about them, things he would do differently, given the opportunity. When he was stationed at Fort Carson, he decided to put some of those ideas into practice. He bought both a coffee shop and a deli in 2012 and 2013, and now has teamed up with fellow soldier Glenn McDowell to launch Sarges’ Grill.

Glenn and David are both assigned to 2d Bde, 4th ID at Fort Carson. Glenn brings over 25 years of restaurant experience to the table. He’s done everything from dishwasher to bar tender, waiter, cook to general manager at places like Carraba’s, Denny’s, IHOP and a 5-star cajun joint in California named Dingo McGee’s. Dave’s wife, Peg Parker (nicknamed ‘Pegatron’ for her energy and drive) is both manager and front of the house. 

Sarges’ offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, a complete cafe (including two top-of-the line espresso machines and fresh roasted beans from Serrano’s of Monument) and a bar with several flat screen TV’s. 

The restaurant has only been open a few days so far, but the anecdotal evidence looks good. Some folks from the Fountain Fire Department have been by and suggested a couple of their own favorite recipes, which David says will soon be appearing on the menu as specials. They’re also open to featuring other local favorites, so bring ‘em in. Meanwhile, on Facebook, area resident Zach Riggs says “Awesome food and outstanding service, …they have the best pancakes I have ever had. Another thing that was amazing was their Mac and Cheese Burger. They aren't your average run of the mill burger place, they are much better than that.”

Welcome to the neighborhood guys. Here’s to many successful years. 

Sarges’ is located at 6436 S. Hwy 85/87 in Fountain, right behind the IHOP. They’re open from 7am to 9pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 7am to midnight Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 8am to 9pm on Sunday. You can reach them at 719-645-8489, email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit them on the web at SargesGrill.com and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sargesgrill

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Sarge’s Grill is now open at 6436 S. Hwy 85 in Fountain, Colorado.

Sarge’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The lunch and dinner menus include a variety of burgers, tacos, fish n chips, German Braut, Brick Oven pizza and more.

Sarge’s is open from 7am to 9pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 7am to midnight Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 8am to 9pm Sunday. You’ll find them right behind the IHOP and Applebees in the Mart Shopping Center in Fountain. You can reach them at 719-645-8489. Visit them on the web at SargesGrill.com and find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sargesgrill.

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Our Military Kids provides grant money for the children of deployed service members to participate in instruction, lessons or tutoring. Deployment must be for at least 180 days overseas and there must be at least 60 days remaining on orders. The child must be at least 5 years old, still in school and must start the activity before the service member returns from deployment.

Grant awards are for up to $500 and will cover up to 6 months of the chosen activity or instruction. 

Locally, Tiger George’s Taekwondo is participating in the program and already has at least one student enrolled under the grant. If you’d like more information about the program, visit http://www.ourmilitarykids.org

For more information on Tiger George’s Taekwondo, call 719-390-5551 or stop by at 346 Main Street in Security.