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Whether Leon Carranza is driving to his customers, or his customers are driving to him, he hopes to offer plenty of mouth-watering morsels that are worth the commute.
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Carranza, the kitchen manager at Lawson Adventure Park & Resort, and his team launched the Adventure Basecamp Mobile Food Truck April 15-16 in El Rancho and Idaho Springs, respectively.
The truck will be traveling around Clear Creek and Jefferson counties every weekend. Carranza said it might trek over to Gilpin County as well, if there’s enough demand.
The truck’s Mexican-based menu includes street tacos, quesadillas and elote, he described. Carranza also plans to offer horchata and non-alcoholic pina coladas soon.
The menu also features some American-style meals like grilled cheese and “Leon’s Texas hangover burger,” as well as breakfast tacos and sandwiches.
The truck saw great response to its opening weekend. It sold out at the El Rancho Home Depot and the Clear Creek rec center in three hours. It’s also received a lot of positive online reviews, Carranza commented.
Because the truck will be in different locations every weekend, Carranza will announce the locations each week on the truck’s Facebook page.
The Lawson Adventure Park & Resort staff is also planning to buy a second truck to host on the west side of the property.
Additionally, staff has been revamping the Adventure Basecamp Bar & Grille House at 3440 Alvarado Road, co-owner Greg Books explained. The grille house launched right before the pandemic started, and now it’s added Carranza’s signature style to its menu.
Carranza said his favorite dish is the street tacos, which was modeled after his family’s Guatemalan-style cooking. Books said his favorite was the grille house’s Nashville hot chicken sandwich.
The Adventure Basecamp Bar & Grille House is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, go to lawsonadventurepark.com or visit the grille house’s Facebook page.
Georgetown Loop opens for 2022 season after record ridership last year
While the weather may have been on the chilly side, the Georgetown Loop Railroad staff was happy to host the 2022 opening weekend on April 23-25.
Over the winter, the railroad updated lighting and other aspects of the Lebanon Mine for its tours.
It also started construction work on a deck car. Crews are turning it into a coach car with sides, a roof and seating. It’ll be an open-air car during the nicer weather and staff can install windows for the Santa Train in November and December.
“It can easily convert from summer to winter,” General Manager Mark Graybill said. “Only three of our cars can do that right now. So, it’ll be a great addition and allow us to add more capacity.”
The staff plans to have it finished in time for the 2023 season.
Additionally, the Georgetown Loop plans to run a steam engine almost every day until the end of October, Graybill stated.
The steam-powered engines started work earlier this month, as the train was rented out for a birthday party before opening weekend. Graybill described how the railroad usually doesn’t run steam until mid-May, because the engines are older and require more manpower and money to fix.
But, ridership has been strong enough to justify using them earlier this year, he continued.
“Last year, we had a record 241,000 riders,” he said. “And, this year’s bookings are surpassing last year’s. … We’re very optimistic (about the 2022 season), and we appreciate all the support from the community.”
For more information, visit georgetownlooprr.com or follow its Facebook page.
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