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Cowboy Star expands; South African food; best damn jazz dinner


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Excellent local steakhouse and butcher shop Cowboy Star has been rumored to expand for a while. And now it’s official. They’ll recreate their butter-blood-and-whiskey magic with a second location in Colorado Springs, slated to open in August. No word from owners Jon or Angie Weber on why they chose Colorado’s second-most populated city (pop. around 430K). But the collective appetite of Colorado got a jolt when the state legalized weed.

SOUTH AFRICAN UP NORTH: Local restaurateur William Sussman is bringing sosaties (curried lamb kebab), boerewors (coriander sausage) and other South African specialties to inland north county with his restaurant, Peri-Peri. Originally set to open in La Jolla, Sussman will now put the concept off the 56 Freeway in the former spot of Twisted Vine. Chef Kenny Raponi’s menu will pull from Mozambique cuisine—including the signature spicy dish, peri-peri—as well as Portuguese, Malaysian and Indian. South African wines, too.

JAZZ FLUTE: One of San Diego’s biggest jazz talents is trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, who’s played with everyone from Willie Nelson to Queen Latifah and Michael Buble. On April 3, he and his wife will team up with Westgate Hotel chef Fabrice Hardel to recreate a 1940s-50s jazz supper club. Hardel will create a three-course dinner while the Gilbert and Lorraine Castellanos Quintet channels the ghosts of Billie Holiday and Dizzy Gillespie with music from Lady Day. Guests are encouraged to dress “retro glamorous.” It should sell out, so get your tickets soon and get 'em here. $69.

 

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